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The Best Plants For Zone 7 | Expert Recommendations

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Zone 7. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Canna Lily

This product was recommended by Jean Bloom from Gardening Faqs

Despite not being a real lily, canna lilies have all the flamboyance we associate with traditional lilies in their blossoms. The Tropicanna variety has the added benefit of having variegated leaves. A rhizome is where canna grows. In order to overwinter this tropical and subtropical plant indoors in zone 7, you must dig the rhizomes in the fall. Canna can reach a height that allows it to serve (in numbers) as a summer hedge or as a background for smaller plants.


This product was recommended by Alex Tinsman from How To Houseplant

Lilyturf is a suitable zone 7 plant that clumps together as a spreading plant. It grows well to form a seamless carpet and thrives throughout all the seasons of the year.

Marigold Plant

This product was recommended by Miguel Palma from JardinTienda

This plant performs well in zone 7 since they enjoy full sun and hot temperatures. They are hardy since they can thrive in dry soils and require little care compared to other zone 7 plants.

English Lavender

This product was recommended by Jen Stark from Happy DIY Home

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is well-suited to USDA Zone 7 climates, which typically have mild winters and hot, humid summers. This hardy variety of lavender is known for its fragrant blooms and silvery foliage, as well as its attractive mounding form and ease of care. English Lavender prefers full sun, well-drained soil, and regular watering (though it is tolerant of drought). Prune back the spent flower stems in early spring to encourage new blooms and lateral growth.

Plantain Lily (Hosta)

This product was recommended by Kevin Wang from Inyouths LED Mirrors

Plantain lily (Hosta) is a great choice for gardeners in Zone 7 as they are easy to grow and care for. This hardy perennial is ideal for shady areas and produces a large clump of attractive foliage in various colors, shapes and sizes. Plantain lilies bloom in early summer with large, bell-shaped flowers in shades of lavender, white or violet. Plantain lilies thrive best when planted in moist but well-draining soil, and they should be watered regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. To encourage healthy growth and to flower each season, they should be divided every few years to ensure their vitality. Plantain lilies are also resistant to deer and rabbits, making them a great choice for gardens.

Fringed Bleeding Heart

This product was recommended by Kevin Wang from Inyouths LED Mirrors

Fringed Bleeding Heart is a perennial flowering plant native to the Appalachian Mountains. It grows best in rich, well-drained soils and in partial to full shade. The delicate, deeply cut foliage is bright and medium green and serves as an attractive backdrop for the arching stems of dangling, heart-shaped flowers. The blooms begin in early spring and last for about a month, making it an excellent choice for adding early-season color to the garden. The flowers are pink, purple, or white and have a delightful fragrance that can be detected at night.


This product was recommended by Derrick Hathaway from VEM-Medical

For me, every bulb bloomed, and they were stunning. A fantastic variety with a long bloom time. I’ve spent a lot more on daffodils, and they haven’t turned out well.

Butterfly Milkweed

This product was recommended by Irene Graham from SPYLIX

Although Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) is most known for attracting butterflies, it is also a beautiful plant in its own right. Whether trying to lure butterflies or simply take in the plant’s beauty in all its glory, grouping many together is the way to go. This perennial can withstand dry conditions after it has settled in, and it can even self-seed if the seed pods aren’t removed after flowering.

Mealy-Cup Sage

This product was recommended by Melissa Terry from VEM-Tooling Co. Ltd.

Mealycup sage, also known as Victoria blue salvia, is a perennial plant prized for its stunning blue flowers covering its tall, erect spikes. Powdery meal, or dust, covers the cup-shaped blooms of this North American native, giving the plant its popular name, mealycup sage. It’s a member of the Salvia genus, which includes several common garden plants with purported medicinal uses.

Black-Eyed Susan

This product was recommended by Melissa Terry from VEM-Tooling Co. Ltd.

The Black-Eyed Susan may be a common flower, but its beauty is anything but ordinary. The height of this long-blooming perennial averages around three feet. Fans of North American flora will wish to include it in their perennial sun garden. Since black-eyed Susan can survive in dry conditions without much water, maintaining it won’t take up much of your attention, but it will expand if you let it. In some cases, you may need to remove it from a location where it is unwanted physically.

Crown Imperial

This product was recommended by Melissa Terry from VEM-Tooling Co. Ltd.

In contrast to the canna, a fragile perennial best enjoyed in the summer, the crown imperial can withstand temperatures down to zone 7. It’s a terrific way to get some spring color out of a tall plant. Plant a bulb in fall soil to encourage growth. Although its lifespan may be short, at least it is usually ignored by pests. The skunk-like odor it gives off is effective at discouraging both deer and smaller pests like voles. If you’re considering passing on crown imperial solely based on its aroma, keep in mind that some great landscape plants just don’t have a good one.

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