What Are The Best Winter Flowers To Plant In West Tennessee?

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Surprisingly, you can easily plant flowers, in the winter, in West Tennessee with amazing results. Even though our temperatures can drop from 0 – 10 degrees F, being in USDA hardiness zone 7 gives our region plenty of options when planting flowers in the winter. For instance, you can plant four-season perennials, vines, and evergreen foliage.

These are the plants that bloom and make your landscape look tremendous all year long. However, some flowers are beautiful to look at but toxic to pets and livestock, i.e., Yarrow, Rhododendron, Lily of the Valley, etc. So before choosing the best flowers to plant in the winter at your West Tennessee home or commercial property, you do want to know if it is safe.

The Best Winter Flowers To Plant In West Tennessee

First and foremost, understanding your hardiness zone is vital to the success of any landscape. If you choose a plant meant for USDA zone 9 or 10, there is a greater probability your flower will not bloom or last through the season. From Union City down to Humboldt, we are in zone 7.

Inside our hardy zone, you have several options when selecting winter flowers. There are plants, shrubs, perennials, and vines, all with evergreen foliage. Though each has foliage, they will blossom, and flowers will appear on their stems and branches.

What Winter Flowers Can You Plant In West Tennessee?

The list of the best flowers to plant in the winter in West Tennessee is long. The ones we’ve chosen are exceptionally beautiful, but often most do not know the flower’s name.

  • Crocus – Zones 3 to 8
  • Snowdrop – Zones 3 to 9
  • Witch Hazel – Zones 5 to 9
  • Winter Heath – Zones 5 to 7
  • Cyclamen – Zones 5 to 9
  • Hellebore – Zones 4 to 9
  • Ornamental Cabbage – Zones 2 to 11
  • Winter Aconite – Zones 3 to 7
  • Early Scilla – Zones 4 to 8
  • Dwarf Iris – Zones 3 to 9

You will notice that with each winter flower listed, not only are they in our hardiness zone, but some are located as far north as the Canadian border in zone 2 or south to the Florida Keys in zone 11.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Planting Flowers In The Winter?


Interestingly enough, though you do not have the luxury of a Spring or Summer day for landscaping, you have options that make planting flowers in the winter easier. For instance, you can use different protection methods.

  • Row Covers
  • Greenhouse
  • Garden Fabrics
  • Crop Sprays

With each of these tools, you can protect your winter flowers from inclement weather, unexpected frost, or a cold snap. Now you can extend any existing plant’s growth period or experiment with other types of winter flowers.


Though there are many ways to plant and protect flowers in the winter, there are drawbacks too. Besides your plants, you will need more mulch and compost to prepare for your winter planting. After that season ends, you will need to replenish your soil before you plant in the spring. Depending on your fertilizing or composting process, it can become expensive season after season.

If this is your first winter planting flowers, the other expenses you will have is purchasing the protection methods mentioned above. These tools are expensive, but once you’ve made your purchase, they will prove invaluable to you season after season.

Need help deciding what are the best flowers to plant in the winter in West Tennessee? We invite you to – Contact us here or call us at 731-571-2730.

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