15 Zone 7 Plant Ideas For The Lower South

Esperanza, Spanish for ‘hope,’ blooms prolifically from spring through fall in Zone 8. Also known as yellow bells, this showstopper grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide


Salvias, staples of Lower South gardens, come in every size and color imaginable, with more than 900 species to choose from worldwide.


Even in hot, dry summers and rockiest soils, Zexmenia thrives in the garden. It flowers from summer to fall each spring as a root-hardy perennial. 


Few perennials can compare to the long-lasting, showstopping blooms of catmint. This dynamo packs a pale purple punch from late spring into early fall.


Native to South Africa, Lion’s Tail could vie for the King of the Garden title, with its striking blooms and majestic form.

Lion’s Tail

Mexican oregano flowers from March to November and is tough. This Mexican xeric blooms pale lavender, attracting bees, butterflies, and other insects.

Mexican Oregano

Cape Plumbago, with its dramatic arching branches, blooms profusely with blue, phlox-like flowers from May to October.