Zone 7 Perennials (10 Perennial Plants For Zone 7)


Perennial plants live for more than one year so you don’t have to replace them so often.  However, they still have to survive the winter temperatures in your climate.

So, what are some perennial plants for Zone 7?  Perennial plants for Zone 7 include: Bear’s Breeches, Blue Passion Flower, Canna Lily, Cardinal Flower, Lily Of The Nile, Moonflower, Peacock Orchid, Salvia, Snapdragon, and Tall Verbena. Some of these plants have attractive foliage or flowers to add style to your garden.

Of course, some of these plants like full sun, while others can tolerate at least some shade.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 perennial plants for Zone 7.  We’ll also take a look at what to provide for each one as far as light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s get going.

10 Perennial Plants For Zone 7

There are lots of perennial plants that can survive in Zone 7, but here is a list of 10 to start with:

  • Bear’s Breeches
  • Blue Passion Flower
  • Canna Lily
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Lily Of The Nile
  • Moonflower
  • Peacock Orchid
  • Salvia
  • Snapdragon
  • Tall Verbena

Let’s begin with Bear’s Breeches.

Bear’s Breeches

Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) is a deciduous perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces bicolor white and purple or pink flowers in late spring or summer.

Bear's Breeches
Bear’s Breeches is a perennial that can survive in Zone 7. It has white and purple or pink flowers.

Bear’s Breeches needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Bear’s Breeches prefers partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.5).

Bear’s Breeches can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet, with a width of 3 to 6 feet.  It also resists deer.

You can propagate Bear’s Breeches by division, root cuttings, or seeds.

You can learn more about Bear’s Breeches from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Bear’s Breeches from Bluestone Perennials.

Blue Passion Flower

Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea) is a deciduous perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces medium (3 to 4 inch) showy, fragrant blue, green, and purple flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

Blue Passion Flower
Blue Passion Flower is a perennial that can survive in Zone 7. It has showy blue, green, and purple flowers.

Blue Passion Flower needs moderate moisture levels, and it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Blue Passion Flower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Blue Passion Flower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 10 to 40 feet, with a width of 6 to 10 feet.

You can propagate Blue Passion Flower by division or root cuttings.

You can learn more about Blue Passion Flower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Blue Passion Flower from Sooner Plant Farm.

Canna Lily

Canna Lily (Canna Indica) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces showy red, orange, or yellow flowers in late spring, summer, or early fall.

Canna Lily
Canna Lily is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. it produces showy red, orange, or yellow flowers.

Canna Lily needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Canna Lily prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 5.5 to 7.5).

Canna Lily can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet.

You can propagate Canna Lily by division, offsets, or root cuttings.

You can learn more about Canna Lily from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Canna Lily from Plant Delights.

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinals) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces tiny (less than 1 inch) showy red flowers in summer or early fall.

Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. It has tiny deep red flowers.

Cardinal Flower needs moderate to wet moisture levels.

Cardinal Flower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial or even full shade.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.5).

Cardinal Flower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 24 to 36 inches, with a width of 12 to 15 inches.

You can propagate Cardinal Flower by division or offsets.

You can learn more about Cardinal Flower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Cardinal Flower from Prairie Nursery.

Lily Of The Nile

Lily Of The Nile (Agapanthus africanus) is a perennial evergreen plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces small (1 to 2 inch) showy purple flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

Lily Of The Nile
Lily of the Nile is a perennial evergreen plant that can survive in Zone 7. It has small purple flowers.

Lily Of The Nile needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Lily Of The Nile prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Lily Of The Nile can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 36 inches, with a width of 24 to 36 inches.

You can propagate Lily Of The Nile by division or rhizomes.

You can learn more about Lily Of The Nile from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Lily Of The Nile from Gardener Direct.

Moonflower

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is a deciduous perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces medium (3 to 4 inch) showy, fragrant, white flowers in summer or early fall.

Moonflower
Moonflower is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. It has showy, fragrant white flowers.

Moonflower needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Moonflower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Moonflower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet, with a width of 6 to 12 feet.

You can propagate Moonflower by seeds.

You can learn more about Moonflower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Moonflower from Eden Brothers.

Peacock Orchid

Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus murielae) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces small (2 to 3 inch) showy, fragrant, purple, white, or bicolor flowers in late summer or early fall.

Peacock Orchid
Peacock Orchid is a perennial that can survive in Zone 7. It produces showy and fragrant flowers that are purple, white, or bicolor.
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Peacock Orchid needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Peacock Orchid needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Peacock Orchid can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet.

You can propagate Peacock Orchid by offsets or corms.

You can learn more about Peacock Orchid from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Peacock Orchid from White Flower Farm.

Salvia

Salvia (Salvia coerulea) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces showy, fragrant, blue flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

Salvia
Salvia is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. It has showy, fragrant blue flowers.

Salvia needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Salvia likes full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.5 to 6.5).

Salvia can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 feet, with a width of 3 feet.

You can propagate Salvia by cuttings or rhizomes, tubers, corms, or bulbs.

You can learn more about Salvia from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Salvia from Almost Eden Plants.

Snapdragon

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces showy flowers in various colors (red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, white, or bicolor) in late spring, summer, or early fall.

Snapdragon
Snapdragon is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. It can bloom in many colors, including the pink shown here.

Snapdragon needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Snapdragon likes full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Snapdragon can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches, with a width of 12 to 15 inches.

You can propagate Snapdragon by stem cuttings or seeds (the plant is self-fertile).

You can learn more about Snapdragon from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Snapdragon from Select Seeds & Plants.

Tall Verbena

Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces showy purple flowers in spring, summer, or fall.

Tall Verbena
Tall Verbena is a perennial plant that can survive in Zone 7. It produces showy purple flowers.

Tall Verbena needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Tall Verbena likes full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.5).

Tall Verbena can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, with a width of 1 to 3 feet.

You can propagate Tall Verbena by division or tip cuttings.

You can learn more about Tall Verbena from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Tall Verbena from White Flower Farm.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 perennial plants for Zone 7 and how to take care of them.  They might also provide inspiration to help you to fill in the landscape for some parts of your yard.

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~Jonathon

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