Zone 9 Plants That Flower In Winter – Ornamental Winter Plants For Zone 9
By: Liz Baessler
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 the 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:
- Baby’s Breath
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- Japanese Pittosporum
- Japanese Privet
- Lily of the Valley Shrub
- Rose of Sharon
With so many to choose from, I know you’re eager to get started, so here we go!
Vines can grow in your garden climbing up trees or fences, or they can grow in containers on your deck on patio. Here are two popular varieties for zone 9:
- For a sweetly scented vine that you should place where you can smell its flowers, choose a common jasmine (Jasminum officinale), which grows in USDA zones 7 through 10 in full sun to part shade. As an added feature, the vine attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea group) has flowers that are in fact brightly-colored modified leaves, called bracts, that look like flower petals. The true small, white flowers rise above the bracts. Bougainvillea grows in USDA zones 9 through 11 in full sun.