In Florida’s climate, many plants provide fall and winter colors. Florida’s fall and winter-blooming plants come in a variety of sizes, colors, and growing habits. Some plants that wilt in the summer heat grow well in Florida’s mild winters.
One variety of Dianthus, Sweet William produces solid or multicolored blooms and varies in height from 5 to 24 inches. Cold tolerant to USDA Zone 4, Sweet William produces flowers, even in Florida’s coldest areas.
Tolerant of cool temperatures, Violas come in a variety of both solid and multicolored forms, and bloom fall through spring in the south. Grow them from seed or transplant nursery seedlings.
Producing flowers in a variety of colors and sizes, Zinnias love full sun, grow 6 to 36 inches high, and attract wildlife.
- In Florida’s generally temperate climate, many plants provide fall and winter color.
- Violas tolerate cool temperatures, come in a variety of both solid and multicolored forms, and bloom fall through spring in the south.
Producing yellow flowers and a trailing habit, Beach sunflowers are a sun-loving groundcover that grows 12 to 24 inches high. Its high salt tolerance makes it ideal for beach-side use.
Dwarf lantana produces small yellow flowers, prefers full sun, and grows 8 inches high. Lantana works well in mass plantings, tree surrounds, or borders.
Producing lavender flowers, Trailing lantana is a spreading sun lover that grows 18 to 24 inches high and will cascade down a stone wall or from a hanging basket.
- Zinnias produce flowers in a variety of colors and sizes.
- Lantana works well in mass plantings, tree surrounds or borders.
Mexican heather produces white, pink or purple flowers. This perennial prefers full sun and can reach a mature size of 12 to 24 inches high by 24 to 36 inches wide. It works well as a border or in a mass planting, and attracts butterflies.
Producing white, pink, red, or lilac flowers year-round in the southern half of Florida and during fall in the northern part of the state, pentas are a sun-loving plant that reaches from 2 to 4 feet high and attracts wildlife. The penta’s height makes it a good background plant.
A Florida winter garden favorite, impatiens produce flowers in a variety of colors year-round, grow best in partial shade and can reach 12 inches high. Impatiens attract butterflies.
The camellia bush produces flowers in a variety of colors in fall and winter. Camellias prefer partial shade and can reach 12 feet high.
- Trailing lantana produces lavender flowers.
- This spreading sun lover grows 18 to 24 inches high and will cascade down a stone wall or from a hanging basket.
The bleeding heart vine produces red and white flowers from spring through fall and grows best in partial shade, according to Flowering Vines of Florida by Sydney P. Brown and Gary W. Knox.
The cape honeysuckle vine produces reddish-orange flowers year-round, tolerates sun to partial shade, and blooms during fall and winter in Central and South Florida.
Climbing roses come in a variety of colors and fragrances. This sun-loving favorite blooms from summer through fall.
Attract butterflies with the pipevine, which produces purple and white flowers from summer through winter and prefers partial shade.
- A Florida winter garden favorite, impatiens produce flowers in a variety of colors year round, grow best in partial shade and can reach 12 inches high.