What Flowers Grow Well in Georgia? (10 Gorgeous Options)

Georgia is subtropical and experiences mild, short winters with hot and longer summers. New gardeners, in particular, should also note that in Georgia, afternoon rain is a common in the summer.

Given these weather patterns, it’s worth exploring what flowers grow well in Georgia. Flowers that do well in Georgia are those that can handle the heat and humidity of its summers.

Flowers that grow well in Georgia include Hostas, Foxglove, Georgia Peach Pie, Lantana Camara, Spiderwort, Shasta Daisy, Rose Mallow, Blanket Flower, Gerbera Daisy, and Blackeyed Susan.

We’ll be talking about each of these flowering plants to help you choose what you’ll be starting your flower collection with.

Let’s get started!

1. Hostas

The Hostas plant is becoming a staple in many houses in Georgia. This plant is versatile and can handle Georgia weather just fine, besides being absolutely gorgeous.

The flowers might not be what attracts people’s eyes, but the foliage sure does. Hostas foliage is extremely showy with its luxuriant heart-shaped leaves that come in different colors and textures.

You can even find varieties with variegated foliage. While the flowers are trumpet-like and come mostly in white, lavender, blue, and bicolored.

Expect the plant to bloom from early summer all through fall. The fragrant flowers are also great for attracting hummingbirds to your garden.

Hostas are perennial in Georgia and require rich, well-drained soil away from direct sunlight.

2. Foxglove

Foxglove or Foxy Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is an herbaceous perennial in Georgia. The plant is perfect as a vertical accent as it grows up to 6 feet.

The plant features elegant tubular blooms that grow along the height of the stems. Its flowers come in lilac, white, yellow, pink, purple, or red that might feature deep burgundy spots.

You and hummingbirds will be enjoying the blooms of this plant from early to late spring.

Keep in mind that foxglove is a biennial flower. This means that it flowers the second year after establishment. But you can find varieties that are perennials.

To ensure you get blooms in the first season, plant it from a potted nursery plant.

Foxglove requires occasional maintenance. It needs rich, moist soil with full to partial sun exposure.

However, it’s best to keep the plant in shade away from direct afternoon sunlight in the southern parts of the state.

Picture of a Georgia peach pie (dianthus) used in article titled What Flowers Grow Well in Georgia

3. Georgia Peach Pie

Georgia Peach Pie is a beautiful evergreen perennial in Georgia. It produces elegant, sweet-scented flowers.

Its flowers are large and mostly beachy pink with a vibrant darker center against silvery-green foliage. You start enjoying these beautiful blooms in late spring.

The best thing about this plant is that it’s a free-flowering plant. This means that it blooms repeatedly throughout the blooming season.

You can grow it in rock gardens, pots, garden edging, or border fronts as it grows about 11 inches tall and wide.

Expect to be visited by lovely pollinators like bees and butterflies. Just make sure to provide the plant with plenty of sun time and well-drained soil to keep it thriving.

4. Lantana Camara

Lantana is native to the West Indies. It’s becoming a staple in Georgia as well as Florida and Texas. 

Miss Huff or Lantana camara is one of the best lantana varieties to grow in Georgia. The plant is heat and drought-tolerant and requires zero to little maintenance while growing quickly.

The plant adds charm to any area with its clusters of small flowers. Its flowers come in a variety of colors including white, pink, yellow, orange, and red.

You won’t be the only one enjoying the beauty of this flower. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies will be sharing it with you.

5. Spiderwort

Spiderwort is a lovely herbaceous perennial in Georgia that belongs to the iris family. There are many species of spiderwort, but the best to plant in Georgia is Tradescantia virginiana.

Everything about this plant is unique from its blooms to its foliage. It features gorgeous blue or violet flowers with prominent, contrasting yellow stamens.

It also features grass-like leaves that offset the blue flowers.

While the blossoms don’t last more than a day, each flower has numerous buds. This means that you’ll enjoy new flowers continuously throughout the entire blooming season.

Keep in mind that the flowers close up by early afternoon after giving plenty of time for pollinators to fill their tummies.

So, it’s best to be an early riser to enjoy the beauty of your spiderwort plant.

Picture of a popular garden hybrid of wild chrysanthemums called Shasta daisy flowers

6. Shasta Daisy

If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow plant for beginners, the Shasta daisy is your best option. This perennial is low-maintenance and performs well in Georgia’s climate.

This plant is a beautiful announcement for the start of spring. It continues blooming throughout the summer to early fall.

Its flowers take the classic daisy shape with white petals and yellow disk florets on top of tall, thin dark-green stems.

Shasta Daisy can grow up to 3 feet tall and comes in many forms including single, semi-double, or double flowers.

You only need to provide it with adequate sunlight exposure and humus-rich, well-drained soil. It’ll bless your house or garden with its beauty for a long time.

Plus, attracting some pollinators to give your yard a visit.

7. Hibiscus (Rose Mallow)

Rose Mallow, or hardy hibiscus, or swap mallow is among the best flowering plants you can grow in the southern states.

This perennial shrub does well in full sun to partial shade and loves moisture. It’s fairly low-maintenance and can live in your garden for up to 5 years.

No one can miss the beauty of the rose mallow’s bloom. The flowers are available in different colors, such as pink, white, peach, red, lavender, and bicolor options.

You’ll be enjoying these blooms from July to September. Also, they might attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

It’s best to grow this showy shrub as an accent plant, in mass planting, or in containers.

Picture of a feral Indian blanket flower in a summer garden

8. Blanket Flower

Growing Blanket flowers (Gaillardia X grandiflora) is a great way to add color to your garden from midsummer until the first frost.

The flowers have an exquisite color pattern. The petals usually have yellow tips with large pinkish or reddish-orange centers.

Luckily, this beautiful plant is cold-hardy in Georgia and a short-lived perennial. It doesn’t require much maintenance as long as you provide it with plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil.

Additionally, it can tolerate poor soil and is a self-reseeding plant. So, it’s a great flowering plant for beginners.

You can grow it in flower beds, borders, or containers. Keep in mind that you’ll be enjoying several pollinators visiting your garden or yard because of this beautiful plant.

9. Gerbera Daisy

Georgia is among a few states that grow gerbera daisy as a perennial. It might not be a perennial in the northern parts, but it sure is in South Georgia.

The plant grows well in all Georgia parts as it thrives in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10. It requires moist, but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

You and several pollinators will probably fall in love with the plant’s classic daisy-like flowers. The flowers come in many forms including single and double forms.

They also have a wide range of colors from red, and orange, to yellow with distinctive yellow discs. Gerbera’s blooms appear on top of tall, slender stems from midsummer until fall.

Besides the flowers’ beauty, they hold up really well in flower bouquets and vase arrangements.

On top of all that, Gerbera is one of the favorite plants for bees. So, you’ll also be helping out our tiny soldiers.

10. Blackeyed Susan

Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is among the easiest perennials to grow in Georgia. It even grows naturally in some parts of the state.

The plant needs to be planted in an area with full sun exposure and average, well-drained soil. Then, expect it to bloom from early summer to fall.

Its blooms brighten up any garden with its slim, yellow petals surrounding a prominent, dark-brown center. You can find other Rudbeckia varieties with different colors.

Wrap Up On What Flowers Grow Well in Georgia

Flowers add beauty and charm to any area as well as attract delightful pollinators. Nothing beats waking up in the morning with the sight of nature’s beauty just outside your house.

So, we included for you 10 of the best flowers to grow in Georgia. Most of them are fairly easy to grow and care for besides being absolutely gorgeous.

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