As the obligatory Justin Timberlake meme travels the web, we know it’s that time of year again. They say April showers bring May flowers. Well, the sun is out and we all know what that means. It’s time to plant some new flowers in the garden, but what are the best types of flowers to plant for your climate?

If you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry, we’ve made a list of the best types of flowers to plant for your climate.

First things first. Let’s break down what the following terms mean, just so we’re all on the same page. Perennials vs. Annuals. 

Perennials are plants that will regrow every spring…so just like your mother-in-law, they’re going to keep coming back even after spending the long harsh winter away in Florida

Annuals are plants that will die each year, so you’ll either need to plant them and or replace them with a perennial. 

If you’re like us and you’re experiencing subzero temperatures 6 months out of the year, we recommend the following as the best types of flowers to plant for your climate:


Why not plant a garden fit for royalty? What are we talking about? Peonies. Did you know that peonies went up in popularity after Meghan Markle filled St. George’s Chapel with them when she married Prince Harry in 2018? Peonies not only feel royal, but they also smell royal, too. Giving off a soft floral aroma, they’ll make your garden the number one destination spot this summer.

The Best Flowers To Plant for Your Climate - Lavender


Who doesn’t want to feel an overwhelming sense of calm and serenity when they sit in their garden? Lavender not only provides beautiful purple flowers for the eye to enjoy, but it also supplies a serene scent that is proven to calm anxiety and promote wellness. In some cases, you can even use lavender in teas, syrups, and other recipes to promote calming and wellbeing within. We’re not health experts though, so we recommend checking with your physician before ingesting any plants or seeds.

Lily of the Valley

Don’t be misguided by the fragile nature of this flower. The Lily of the Valley may appear to be a vulnerable beauty, but in reality, this beautiful flower can stand against some of the most extreme conditions, which is why it’s a crowd favorite amongst northern states. Producing a simple and petite white flower, it won’t overpower any other flowers or plants in your space, making it the perfect addition to any garden.

Living in a warmer climate? We’re not only jealous, but we’re here to recommend the best plants for your garden.

The Best Flowers To Plant for Your Climate - Marigold

We love a colorful garden. That’s probably why we love marigolds. Known for their vibrate summer colors of orange, red, and yellow, these flowers are the perfect pop of color to any garden. As a relative of the sunflower family, marigolds tend to thrive in warmer, southern climates. These lovely flowers can be either annual or perennial, giving you plenty of options when adding them to your garden.

Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia

Who doesn’t love a magnolia? This sweet-looking flower is perfect for smaller gardens as it’s not overpowering in any way…unless you don’t enjoy the lemon-scented blooms that is. This particular magnolia is especially fond of warmer climates that tend to be wet and even sometimes swampy (for lack of a better description). If you plant moonglow sweetbay magnolias in a warmer climate, you’re more likely to get a tree-like plant to take form, versus the bush-like plant that tends to grow in a more northern climate. Did we also mention that we love this flower because we’re fans of the show Sweet Magnolias? 

*Immediately watches Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.  

The Best Flowers To Plant for Your Climate - Sweet Azaleas
Sweet Azaleas

No, we’re not talking about Iggy. Though these flowers might have a dramatic shape, they are very different from the well-known artist. Sweet azaleas add a fun flair to any garden as they’re known for their elongated stamens and trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooming in white and pink, they’ll add subtle color or neutral to your garden. Bonus? They smell of glorious vanilla, which is why we encourage you to plant them by windows and or in window boxes so you can enjoy their sweet scent all summer long.

There you have it! The best types of flowers to plant based on your climate.  So what are you waiting for? Get some family, friends, or even your fur babies in on the fun and make it a group activity! Community gardens can also be a great way to connect with your neighbors. Whatever you end up planting in your garden this year, we encourage you to have fun with it! 

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