We all have certain plants and flowers that we love, but not all of them grow well in certain areas of the country.  If you have recently moved to the Southeast region it’s important to understand and learn what plants grow best in this environment.

When it comes to determining what plants thrive gardeners will use a Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  The map is divided up into 11 different zones based on the average annual extreme minimum temperatures that a plant can withstand and determine which ones will thrive in that zone. Each geographic area is categorized by plant life that is capable of growing in that area. Charlotte is in zone 7 in the plant hardiness zone.

Plant Hardiness Map for North Carolina


In North Carolina due to the temperate climate homeowners are fortunate to be able to grow a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Zone 7 has a long growing season that runs from March to November.

Plants and Trees That Grow Well in the Charlotte Region


  • Hosta
  • Lavender
  • Poppies
  • Iris
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Azaleas


  • Geraniums
  • Gerber Daisy
  • Ferns
  • Snap dragon
  • Nasturtium
  • Tulips
  • Roses


  • Crepe Myrtles
  • Magnolias
  • Flowering Dogwoods

In addition to hardiness zones you will want to consider other factors such as light, soil moisture, temperature, duration of exposure to cold.  Many plants can withstand short bouts of cold but will die in longer periods of cold.

At Earthworks Landscape and Design, we can help you decide and find the right plants for your Charlotte area home. We will recommend annuals and perennials with grow best in your yard.  We can help you create a unique landscape with both beauty and function. If you would like talk to a landscaping expert for a free estimate click here.