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Middle South

Selecting plants suited to the Middle South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Middle South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7 and in AHS Heat Zones 3 through 8.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Wisteria floribunda 'Violacea Plena' (Japanese Wisteria)

A very pretty double-flowered Wisteria, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Violacea Plena' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of hanging clusters, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), packed with lightly scented, violet-blue, double flowers.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Yae-kokuryu' (Japanese Wisteria)

A remarkable double-flowered Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda 'Yae-kokuryu' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of hanging clusters, up to 20 in. long (50 cm), packed with lightly scented, dark purple, double flowers.

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Wisteria sinensis 'Jako' (Chinese Wisteria)

Noted for its exceptional fragrance, award-winning Wisteria sinensis 'Jako' (Chinese Wisteria) is a deciduous climber with intensively fragrant clusters, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), of pea-like, white flowers.

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Wisteria sinensis 'Prolific' (Chinese Wisteria)

Sweetly fragrant, Wisteria sinensis 'Prolific' (Chinese Wisteria) is a free-flowering deciduous climber, producing masses of pendulous clusters, up to 1 ft. long (30 cm), packed with scented, pea-like, blue-violet blossoms.

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Wisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria)

Sweetly fragrant, Wisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria) is a large deciduous climber with twining stems that is prized by gardeners for its vigorous habit, beauty and sweet fragrance.

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Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle)

Native to the U.S, Yucca filamentosa (Adam's Needle) is a very ornamental, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring a basal rosette of rigid, sword-shaped, spine-tipped, deep green leaves edged with curly filaments. They are topped in late spring or early summer with a dramatic flowering stalk reaching 5-8 ft. (150-240 cm)

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Yucca gloriosa 'Bright Star' (Spanish Dagger)

Adding drama to the garden year-round, Yucca gloriosa 'Bright Star' (Spanish Dagger) is a very ornamental, slow-growing evergreen shrub featuring a basal rosette of broad, stiff, sword-shaped, green leaves adorned with bright ivory edges. Gracefully curving downward, the leaves boast a sharp terminal spine.

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Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Spanish Dagger)

Adding a bright note to the garden year-round, award-winner Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' (Spanish Dagger) is a very ornamental, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring a basal rosette of attractive, rigid, sword-shaped, spine-tipped blue green leaves, striped and edged creamy-yellow.

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Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca)

Perhaps the most handsome yucca, Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) is a very ornamental, slow-growing, evergreen tree-like yucca forming a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom, full of hundreds of 2 ft. long (60 cm), sharp-tipped, pale bluish-green leaves. This shimmering rosette is mounted atop a tree trunk, which is covered with the soft gray fibers of the old leaves, creating a silver haze.

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Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata)

Considered one of the most beautiful Magnolias, Magnolia denudata is a large deciduous shrub or small tree. Upright and cup-shaped when borne, its creamy to ivory white flowers, 3 in. long (8 cm), gracefully open their 9-12 tepals as they mature, resembling lilies. The tepals sometimes display a tinge of pink at their base, adding to the beauty of the bloom.

Zantedeschia (Calla Lily)

Spectacular and so easy to grow! Native to South Africa, Calla Lilies deserve a spot in the garden or at home. Whether used in borders, containers or as cut flowers, they always provide a spectacular effect with their rich, cheerful colors and their breathtaking trumpet-shaped flowers (spathe) surrounding a yellow finger-like stalk (spadix)

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily)

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily) is is an herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial boasting magnificent, large, pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers (spathes) adorned with a yellow finger-like spadix. They stand out against the long-stalked, arrowhead-shaped, dark glossy green leaves. On display for weeks in the garden or patio in late spring to early summer. A favorite of florists thanks to its huge blooms on long strong stems. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 8, this Calla Lily may survive in Zone 7 with protection.

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Zelkova serrata (Japanese Zelkova)

Prized for its graceful shape, clean serrated foliage and attractive bark, award-winning Zelkova serrata (Japanese Zelkova) is a spreading deciduous tree with an upward-branching, vase-shaped crown. The foliage of neatly toothed, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves warms up to attractive shades of gold, dark red or cinnamon in fall.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Bright Pink'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Bright Pink' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with clear pink petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm).

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Coral'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Coral' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with brilliant coral petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lilac'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lilac' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with lilac petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lime'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lime' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with lime-green petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Orange'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Coral' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with brilliant coral petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Scarlet'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Scarlet' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with brilliant scarlet petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.

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Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine'

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine' features rounded, fully double flowers packed with rich wine-red petals and opening up to 6 in. across (15 cm). As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape.

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Zinnia 'Giant Violet Queen'

Zinnia 'Giant Violet Queen' boasts magnificent, large, double flowers, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), packed with rich, purple petals. As the flower matures, a circle of small golden stars surrounds its center disk. Resembling dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape.

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Zinnia 'Inca'

Zinnia 'Inca' features large, double flowers, 5 in. across (12 cm), packed with glowing orange petals that twist and curl gracefully. Resembling cactus dahlias, they are borne on very long, sturdy stems and make a big statement in the landscape. Blooming profusely over a lengthy season extending from early summer to frost, this Zinnia is a vigorous and excellent performer in all climates.

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Zinnia 'Profusion Double Deep Salmon'

A real breakthrough in the world of Zinnias, Zinnia 'Profusion Double Deep Salmon' is a stunning cross between Zinnia angustifolia and Zinnia elegans which combines the best traits of both species: disease resistance; drought, heat and humidity tolerance and easy maintenance (no deadheading).

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Zinnia 'Profusion Double Hot Cherry'

A real breakthrough in the world of Zinnias, Zinnia 'Profusion Double Hot Cherry' is a stunning cross between Zinnia angustifolia and Zinnia elegans which combines the best traits of both species: disease resistance; drought, heat and humidity tolerance and easy maintenance (no deadheading).

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