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What Flowers to Plant in the South

By Jay Golberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you live in the southern United States, growing flowers is easy. The secret is to find flowers that do well and don't need a chilling period or cooler temperatures to grow. Easy flowers to grow in the South are cosmos, zinnia, larkspur, sunflowers and many types of wildflowers. Most flowers that do well in the South thrive in average soil and provide lots of color in the garden. Plants that do well in the South are suitable for USDA Plant Hardiness zones 7 to 9. The hardiness zone is the coldest area the plant can thrive.

What Flowers to Plant in the South

Locate where you live on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Most plant descriptions you find in your research material will tell you the zones where the plant will grow well.

Note whether the garden location you wish to plant your flowers is in sun or shade or stays damp or dry. Flowering plants that need frequent moisture need to be planted near a water source. Flowering plant descriptions will tell you light and moisture requirements.

Look in research material and find flowering plants that meet your criteria, paying special attention to the eventual size of the plant and bloom period.


Things You Will Need

  • Book or research material about flowers in the southern United States
  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map


  • Annual flowers, those that live for only one season, that do well in the South are gallardia, cosmos, annual phlox, bluebonnets, larkspur, poppy, cornflower, coreopsis, petunia, sweet william and snapdragon.
  • Perennial flowers, those that come back every spring, that do well in the South are asters, butterfly weed or asclepias, shasta daisies, rudbeckia, baptisia, salvia, perennial phlox, begonias, cigar flower, gaura, coneflower, liatris, yarrow, mexican hat and lantana.


  • Perennial flowers usually bloom the second spring or fall after they are planted.

About the Author


Jay Golberg is a certified Texas nursery professional and professional project manager. He has 30 years of business and farming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in English writing from St. Edward's University and finance from Lamar University.