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Zone 10 Plants – 24 Top Choices for Growing Success!

Due to its mild winters and long, hot summers, Grow Zone 10 is a perfect sanctuary for a wide range of plant species, including the selective tropical varieties that thrive with minimal effort. If there are any challenges preventing you from completing the task, please notify us by responding with the following error message: Unable to process the request due to encountered difficulties.

Take advantage of your fab climate and consider adding these 24 varieties to your garden wish list… 

Best Perennial Plants for Growing in Zone 10

1. Ginger Lily

A white bloom of a ginger lily.

This beauty produces white butterfly-like blooms with a heady scent and grows tall among large medium-green lance-shaped leaves.

  • When To Plant: Spring (after the last frost date)
  • Mature Size: 3-6 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
  • Flowering: White blooms in late summer to early fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

2. Rex Begonia

A variety of colorful Rex begonias growing outside.

Rex begonia’s wow with heart or seashell-shaped leaves of dramatic burgundy, pink, and green variegation with dark veins and shimmering silver detail.

  • When To Plant: Late spring (when night temps remain above 50°F)
  • Mature Size:10-16 inches tall, 18 inches wide
  • Flowering: Small pink and white flowers from July to September
  • Light Requirements: Partial to full shade

3. Verbena

Assorted verbena flowers in purples and pinks.

Dainty clusters of star-shaped lilac flowers sit atop tall and slender dark-green stems, shooting high above a rosette of dark-green foliage at the base.

  • When To Plant: Between May to early September
  • Mature Size: 3-6 feet tall, 1-3 feet wide
  • Flowering: Purple blooms from July to October
  • Light Requirements: Full sun or light shade

4. Bougainvillea

Close look at pink bougainvillea blooms with small white flowers.

Colorful papery bracts appear like flowers on this gorgeous woody vine. Sitting between them are stubby thorns and ovular matte green leaves. Plant in fast-draining acidic soil for great results!

  • When To Plant: Spring to early summer
  • Mature Size: 1-2 feet tall/wide (as ground-cover), 20-30 feet tall/wide (with climbing support)
  • Flowering: Tiny cream flowers appear throughout summer to fall, surrounded by orange, golden, purple, pink, and crimson flower bracts.
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade

5. Sedum (Stonecrop)

Pink blooms of stonecrop sedum.

This tall, easy-going plant produces chunky broccoli-like flower heads with clusters of teensy blooms that darken with cooler weather. Stems are erect with lush green succulent leaves.

  • When To Plant: Spring or summer
  • Mature Size: 2 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: Pink, red, white, yellow, and purple flowers from summer-fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

6. Canterbury Bells

Purple flowers of Canterbury bells.

This traditional cottage-garden favorite produces showy bell-shaped flowers on tall mid-green stems on a base rosette of ovular leaves.

Plant these in a spot with low wind due to the weak stems.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow late spring-early summer
  • Mature Size: 2 feet tall, over 1 foot wide
  • Flowering: Lavender, blue, white, and pink blooms from late spring to fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

7. Daylilies

Several yellow flowers of the Stella D'Oro daylily.

Low-maintenance daylilies produce either classic trumpet-shaped blooms or stretching spider-like petals and grow tall above medium-green and leafless grass-like stems.

  • When To Plant: In the fall or spring
  • Mature Size: 3-5 feet tall, 1-3 feet wide
  • Flowering: Golden yellow, rich purple/pink, or bright green from spring to fall (depending on the variety)
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

8. Pavonia (Tiger flower)

Crimson and white pavonia bloom.

This stunning flowering plant boasts three pearl-white petals with a cluster of inner petals sporting speckles. In bold contrast, Pavonia blooms sit atop gray-green blade-like leaves.

  • When To Plant: Spring
  • Mature Size: 1 feet tall, 3-3 feet wide
  • Flowering: Creamy-white, crimson/orange pattern from mid to late summer
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

9. Gaillardia

Bright red and yellow Gaillardia flowers.

Gaillardia produces striking daisy-like flowers with contrasting colors on their petal tips, just like sun rays! These grow upright on hairy grayish-green leaves with a lance shape.

  • When To Plant: Late spring
  • Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide
  • Flowering: Bronze, peach, orange, and red blooms from late spring to fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

10. Spring Starflower

Light-blue spring starflowers.

This pleasing low-growing plant sends out star-shaped flowers with soft, rounded petals and grows above narrow mid-green leaves with a slight onion scent!

Plant away from nearby delicate bulbs as they can be invasive spreaders.

  • When To Plant: From September to December
  • Mature Size: 3-6 inches tall and wide
  • Flowering: Sky-blue flowers from early to late spring
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

11. Bulbine

Blooming flower of a bulbine plant.

Bulbine plants produce cheerful bunches of six-petaled star-shaped flowers formed on tall stalks among a bed of succulent grass-like foliage.

  • When To Plant: Early spring to summer
  • Mature Size: 1.3 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: Orange or yellow blooms during spring and fall
  • Light Requirements: Full or partial sun

12. Columbine

Pretty, light-blue flowers on a columbine plant.

Spurred petals, bold two-tone colors, clover-like leaves, and an initial bell-shaped habit that gives way to star-shaped flowers make this a pretty unique plant!

Grow in light, humus soil to get the best out of them.

  • When To Plant: Early spring to midsummer
  • Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall, 2 feet wide
  • Flowering: White and violet or cornflower blue blooms from mid-spring to summer
  • Light Requirements: Full or partial sun

Best Annual Plants for Growing in Zone 10 

13. Cosmos

Pink and white cosmos flowers in full bloom.

Cosmos plants feature beautiful cup-shaped flowers with frilly edges and cheery bright yellow centers. These grow tall above finely divided lush-green fern-like leaves.

  • When To Plant: May to June
  • Mature Size: 2 feet tall, 1.5 feet wide
  • Flowering: White, orange, red, yellow, and purple blooms from midsummer through to fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

14. Cornflower

Close-up look at blue cornflower blooms.

Profusely flowering cornflowers send up dense, colorful blooms with contrasting light or dark centers and grow tall on slender stems among grayish-green lance-shaped leaves.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow early-mid spring
  • Mature Size: 2-4 feet tall, 1 foot wide
  • Flowering: Blue, purple, pink, and white flower from spring to early fall
  • Light Requirements: Full or partial sun

15. Snapdragon

Pretty pink snapdragon plants in full bloom.

Sumptuous snapdragons produce tall stalks covered in stacks of small snout-shaped blooms in every color of the rainbow!

These rest above bright-green lance-shaped leaves arranged in a spiral formation.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow February-April or September-October
  • Mature Size: 1-4 feet tall, 1 feet wide
  • Flowering: Various colored blooms from spring to fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun or partial shade

16. California Poppy

White and yellow California poppies.

These warm hue, cup-shaped flowers resemble the sunset when planted en masse and grow above slender blue-green fern-like foliage.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow in late fall or early winter
  • Mature Size: 1-1.5 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: Deep orange, yellow, red, and pink flowers from early spring to late summer
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

17. Baby’s Breath

Delicate baby's breath in bloom outside.

Soft and delicate, baby’s breath plants produce whispers of dainty five-petaled flowers that form in clusters on slender dark-green stems.

Plant in sweet alkaline soil to make this plant extra happy!

  • When To Plant: Direct sow in April or September
  • Mature Size: 2-3 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: White or pale pink blooms between June and September
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

18. African Daisy

Two purple African daisy flowers.

Classic daisies with a vivid psychedelic twist, African daisies produce brightly colored petals radiating out from dark centers and can have dark-green leaves that range from broad or sword shaped with toothed or smooth edges.

  • When To Plant: Early spring
  • Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide
  • Flowering: Orange, pink, purple, yellow, white (and bicolors) from spring to early fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

19. Sunflower

A close-up look at several large sunflowers.

These tall, fast-growing rays of sunshine send out dinner-plate-sized daisy heads in various petal shades and textures, depending on the variety, and grow above mid-green triangular leaves.

Space growing seedlings at least 12 inches apart for strong sturdy stems!

  • When To Plant: Direct sow mid-April to May
  • Mature Size: 3-8 feet tall, 1-3 feet wide
  • Flowering: Orange, yellow, and red blooms from summer to fall
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

20. Farewell-To-Spring

Farewell to spring flowers blooming.

Known also as the Godetia flower, these pretty cup-shaped flowers are painted with a darker splash of color on each inner petal and grow upon stiff, upright stems of gray-green covered in fine, short hairs.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow late summer to early fall
  • Mature Size: 1-2 feet tall, 1 foot wide
  • Flowering: Lavender, pink, and red patterned blooms from late April to July
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

21. Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

Purple blooms of Rocky Mountain bee plant.

This attractive wildflower will bring all the pollinators to your yard with tall, erect stalks topped with bright showy flower clusters!

Bee plants do best in lighter sandy or loamy soils compared with clay types.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow in late fall
  • Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: Pink and pale-pink blooms from mid to late summer
  • Light Requirements: Full sun or partial shade

22. Baby Blue Eyes

A mass of baby blue eyes in full bloom.

This bushy plant produces delicate pastel blue blooms with slightly curved petals and cream centers. Each blossom grows in a cluster on the tips of dark-green stems covered with small, hairy leaves.

  • When To Plant: Direct sow March-May or August-October
  • Mature Size: 6-12 inches tall, 1 foot wide
  • Flowering: Pale blue, cream, and white blooms from late winter to early summer
  • Light Requirements: Full sun or partial shade

23. Blue Floss Flower

Close look at blue floss flower blooms.

This cheery plant produces fluffy pompom-shaped blooms of various colors that sit atop long dark-green stems and appear to “float” gracefully above a bed of heart-shaped leaves.

  • When To Plant: Late spring
  • Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall, 1-1.5 feet wide
  • Flowering: Lavender, blue, red, white, and pink flowers from late spring to frost
  • Light Requirements: Full sun (but appreciates light afternoon shade)

24. Busy Lizzies

Pink and red Busy Lizzie impatiens.

Busy Lizzies are brimming with charming five-petal flowers in bold and pastel hues borne on slender stems and velvety dark-green leaves.

This plant comes in compact and larger big bloom varieties.

  • When To Plant: Between May and June
  • Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall and wide
  • Flowering: Red, white, orange, purple, and pink (and bicolor) blooms from June to September
  • Light Requirements: Full sun or partial shade

Conclusion

From bold statement flowers and foliage for a contemporary rock garden to softer, romantic styles for a traditional landscape design, there’s a variety above to suit every gardener.

Thanks to the reliable warmth of Zone 10, you can enjoy abundant blooms on your flowering plants – just be sure to deliver their ideal soil and watering needs to really make them sing!