Choosing Plants for Zone 9 - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
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Question by michey
February 4, 1998
I have studied your catalog and made my list. I now need to know if these are suitable for Zone 9. These are what I chose: Achillea, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Coleus, Ice Plant, Bells Of Ireland, Gomphrena, Statice, Xeranthemum, Amaranthus, celosia, Hollyhock,Ipomopsis, Buddleia,Delphinium, Forget-me-knot,Heliotrope, Lavender,SweetPea, Nasturtium, and Poppy. I am a very enthusiastic gardener but not very successful so any suggestion is appreciated.

Answer from NGA
February 4, 1998
It just takes practice, willingness to experiment, ask questions and get dirty! Of those you've chosen, these are the few that prefer cooler temps and lower humidity than they'll likely find in Alabama:
hollyhock, myosotis, xeranthemum, sweetpea, nasturtium, bells of ireland, poppies (both annual and perennial). However, it never hurts to experiment!

You will surely benefit from having a few good gardening books on hand, too. "Gardening for Dummies", "Annuals for Dummies" and "Perennials for Dummies" are great guides, (despite the titles!). You'll see more info about them at the National Gardening Association website ( Check out what your bookstore has to offer on gardening in your region, and visit the Time-Life plant finder database at
to find out what other plants will be happy in your garden! Have fun and visit us again anytime!

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