Best Flowers in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is located in USDA Hardiness Zone 6. The best flowers in Cincinnati are not only hardy in that zone, but are native to the area. Pick a variety of sizes for a variety of uses--low-growing flowers for ground covers, taller flowers for flower beds, shade-loving plants for under tall trees and sun-loving plants for the places where other flowers will wilt.

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) produce large, oval-shaped, gray-green leaves that grow on 1- to 2-foot-tall stems. The light-blue or lavender-blue, trumpet-shaped flowers grow in clusters at the top of the stems from March through June. Plant Virginia bluebells in partial or full shade and in a soil that is rich and moist, but not wet.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is also known as gloriosa daisy and yellow oxeye daisy. The plant produces diamond-shaped leaves at the base that grow from 4 to 7 inches long as well as 3-foot-tall stems that support hairy lance-shaped leaves that grow from 2 to 3 inches long. The flowers grow up to 3 inches across and produce from 10 to 20 petals that surround a purplish-brown center. Plant black-eyed Susan in full sun or partial-shade and moist soil.

Dense Blazing Star

Dense blazing star (Liatris spicata) is also known as dense gayfeather and marsh blazing star. The plant grows to from 3 to 4 feet tall and produces green leaves that look like grass and grow from clumps at the base. The rose-purple or white flowers grow in spike-like clusters starting at the top of the stems and going all the way down to the bottom, blooming from July through September. Plant dense blazing star in full-sun and a soil that is moist, but not wet. Dense blazing star is a favorite of butterflies, song birds and hummingbirds.


Beebalm (Monarda didyma) is also knows as Oswego tea, bergamot and scarlet beebalm. The plant grows from 3 to 4 feet tall with a spread of 2 to 3 feet and produces leaves that are oval-shaped at the bottom, coming to a point at the tip and growing from 2 to 6 inches long. The red flowers grow in clusters on individual stems. Plant beebalm in full-sun or partial-shade and in a soil that is constantly moist, but not wet. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are all attracted to beebalm.

Heart-Leaf Foamflower

Heart-leaf foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) produces small, star-shaped flowers that bloom from April through July and grow in spike-shaped clusters on stalks that grow from 6 to 12 inches tall. The plant sends out underground stems, making a blanket of flowers that work as a ground cover. Plant heart-leaf foamflower in full-shade and a soil that is moist and well-drained.

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