Choosing Flowers For Zone 7: Tips On Growing Flowers In Zone 7

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

If you live in USDA planting zone 7, thank your lucky stars! Although winters can be on the chilly side and freezes aren’t uncommon, the weather tends to be relatively moderate. Selecting suitable flowers for zone 7 climates presents a wealth of opportunities. In fact, you can grow all but the most tropical, warm-weather plants in your zone 7 climate. Read on to learn more about the best types of zone 7 flowers.

Growing Flowers in Zone 7

Although it isn’t an everyday occurrence, winters in zone 7 can be as cold as 0 to 10 F. (-18 to -12 F.), so it’s important to keep this possibility in mind when selecting flowers for zone 7. While USDA hardiness zones provide a helpful guideline for gardeners, also bear in mind that it isn’t a perfect system and doesn’t consider a number of factors that affect the survivability of your plants.

For example, hardiness zones don’t consider snowfall, which provides a protective cover for zone 7 perennial flowers and plants. The mapping system also doesn’t provide information about the frequency of winter freeze-thaw cycles in your area. Also, it is left up to you to consider the drainage capability of your soil, especially during cold weather when wet, soggy soil can present a real danger to plant roots.

Zone 7 Annuals

Annuals are plants that complete an entire lifecycle in a single season. There are hundreds of annuals suitable for growing in zone 7, as the growing system is relatively long and summers aren’t punishing. In fact, nearly any annual can successfully be grown in zone 7. Here are a few of the most popular zone 7 annuals, along with their sunlight requirements:

Zone 7 Perennial Flowers

Perennials are plants that return year after year, and many perennials plants must be divided occasionally as they spread and multiply. Here are a few of the all-time favorite zone 7 perennial flowers:

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