Best Plants for Zone 9

By Renee Gerber , last updated January 25, 2012

Plants that grow best in zone 9 are often quite hardy, heat-resistant, and drought-tolerant, as zone 9 encompasses Florida and part of South Texas. If you live in these regions and are a home gardener, you will no doubt want to learn about plants you can grow in your garden. These plant recommendations are sure to be great additions to your garden.

Astilbe Rise and Shines

Astilbe Rise and Shine is a beautiful shrub that sports amazing hot pink flowers that grow in plumes. The plant is adaptable to basically any type of soil as long as it is kept moist. You can expect the Rise and Shine to grow to between 24 and 27 inches in height and 12 to 18 inches in width. When you plant it, make sure to choose a location that alternately offers full sun and full shade. The plant should be fertilized in late spring, prior to the emergence of new blooms. Pruning should also be done in the spring.

Petite Delights

Another plant that blooms wonderful hot pink flowers is the Petite Delight, which is also known as Bee Balm. This bush is wonderful for landscaping the front area around your home, with its lovely flowers and dark green leaves. It can reach a mature height of 15 inches and grow as wide as 12 to 18 inches. If you decide on planting a Bee Balm, make sure to do so in a spot that receives partial sun and that has a soil that consists of a mixture of clay or sand. Keep in mind that the soil must be kept moist and well draining.

Azaleas

Azaleas of many different varieties are also ideal for planting in USDA hardiness zone 9. You can obtain them in any number of different colors, and they will easily spruce up your garden. They can be used as landscaping plants or in the garden, and are very tolerant of extreme heat. Full sun and humidity enables Azaleas to thrive at their best health.

Clematis

Clematis is another wonderful plant for zone 9. These plants come in a wide array of colors as well. They range from whites to deep pinks, blues and purples. They are basically climbing plants that can reach a spread of between four and six inches that grow at a medium rate of speed. Clematis plants require full sunlight, as well as occasional partial shade, and need only a moderate amount of watering. You can expect your clematis to really thrive after its first year.

Coneflowers

The Coneflower is another species of zone 9-tolerant plant that is available in many different varieties. It somewhat resembles the daisy, with its many long white petals and yellow or orange stamen. You can expect them to grow to 20 to 30 inches in height and 18 to 24 inches in width. Coneflowers are very adaptable to most any soil type and require full sun to partially shady conditions for maximum growing health. These plants also serve a very health-conscious purpose, in that Echinacea is obtained from them.

Daylily Alabama Jubilees

The Daylily Alabama Jubilee is a lovely plant that sports orange-red flowers, which are highly pest-resistant. They are very low-maintenance, which makes them attractive to any gardener. You should plant them in a partially shady spot that receives mostly full sunlight throughout the day.

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