Winter gardens are a great way to bring color to the dreariest time of the year. You may not be able to grow everything in the winter, but you’d be surprised at what you can do if you just plant the right things. Keep reading to learn more about selecting the best ornamental plants for zone 9 winters.
Popular Zone 9 Plants That Flower in Winter
Leatherleaf Mahonia – A shrub that’s hardy from USDA zone 6 through 9. Leatherleaf mahonia produces clusters of small yellow flowers in the winter. Daphne – An extremely fragrant flowering shrub, many varieties of daphne are hardy in zone 9 and will bloom through the winter. Winter Jasmine – Hardy all the way from zone 5 through 10, winter jasmine is a vining shrub that produces bright yellow flowers in the winter. Kaffir Lily – Also called red river lily, this Clivia plant grows in wet areas in zones 6 through 9. Its main bloom time is in autumn, but it will continue to put out flowers on mild days throughout the winter. Witch Hazel – Famous for its winter color, witch hazel is a shrub or small tree that produces distinctive bright yellow flowers. Fashion Azalea – This dense shrub is hardy in zones 7 through 10. Fashion azalea flowers all through fall, winter, and spring. Snapdragon – A tender perennial, snapdragons can be grown all through the winter in zone 9 when they will put up showy spikes of flowers. Petunia – Another tender perennial in this zone, petunias can be grown to bloom all through the winter in zone 9. They are especially attractive in hanging baskets. Here are some annual flowers that grow well as winter plants for zone 9 ornamental gardens:
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.