10 Best Wind Tolerant Flowers

Hardy flowers for windy gardens

Windy, exposed areas can make it difficult to grow flowers successfully, but there are some flower plants that are well suited to these types of areas.

Wind tolerant plants have flexible stems, which allows them to sway in the wind without breaking.

Here are 10 of the best flowers for windy areas.

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Windy flower garden

1. Gazania

Gazanias are beautiful bright annual flowers that are perfect for windy areas.

They’re low maintenance flowers that thrive in full sun and bloom from summer until fall.

Gazanias grow 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) tall and spread out about 10 inches (25 cm) wide.

Gazania flower

2. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Nasturtiums are another popular flower that can tolerate windy conditions.

They’re fast growing annuals with bright yellow, orange or red edible flowers. The leaves and seeds are also edible.

Nasturtiums are ideal for hanging baskets and containers or you can plant them directly in the garden after the last frost of the season.

Grow nasturtium

3. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

Shasta daisies are hardy flowers with strong stems, so they’re a good choice for windy gardens.

They form clumps 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) tall and 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) wide and produce an abundance of white flowers with yellow centers.

Shasta daisies grow well in full sun, will tolerate most types of soil and they’re fairly pest resistant.

They’re short-lived perennials, so they’ll come back for a few years and they make beautiful long lasting cut flowers.

Daisy flowers

4. Portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora)

Portulaca is a ground cover annual that is low maintenance, drought resistant and wind tolerant.

The fleshy foliage retains moisture well so the plants don’t need to be watered too often.

Portulaca reseeds easily and will come back year after year.

Portulaca flowers

5. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Zinnias are fast growing, long lasting annuals that can tolerate wind.

Low growing zinnias are best, otherwise they’ll need to be staked.

Zinnias don’t do well when transplanted, so it’s best to plant the seeds directly in the garden in spring when the weather is warm.


6. Geranium

Geraniums are popular plants for window boxes and you can also plant them in a railing planter on a balcony.

They grow best in a sunny spot, but they need some afternoon shade in hot summer weather.

Geraniums are susceptible to fungal diseases, so it’s best to water the base of the plant to keep the leaves dry.

They’ll need to be moved indoors before the frost arrives.

Geranium flower

7. Marigold (Tagetes)

Marigolds are popular annuals with bright orange and yellow flowers.

They grow best in full sun and flower during spring and summer.

Marigold seeds can be planted directly in the garden in spring after the risk of frost has passed.

Marigold flowers

8. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)

Compact varieties of daylilies are perfect for windy gardens.

They’re hardy perennials with beautiful bright flowers that open for only one day and then die off.

Each stem usually produces at least a dozen flowers though so you’ll get plenty of beautiful blooms from each plant.

Daylilies grow best in a position with full sun, but in hot areas they will need afternoon shade.


9. Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)

Coreopsis, also known as Tickseed, can be an annual or perennial and grows best in full sun.

They’re hardy, wind tolerant plants that are great for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to the garden.

The flowers can be yellow, white, pink or red and appear in summer.

You can also get a repeat bloom in fall if you deadhead the spent flowers. [1]

Wind resistant flowers

10. Azalea (Rhododendron)

Azaleas are perennial shrubs with bright flowers in a range of colors including pink, white, yellow and orange.

They grow best in a spot with partial shade and need protection from hot afternoon sun.


So there is my list of flowers that can withstand wind.

Some other good wind tolerant plants include ground covers like alyssum or low growing shrubs like lavender.

Choosing the right flowers means that you can have a beautiful flower garden, even if the location is exposed and windy.

You can also create a wind-break by growing a hedge or building a retaining wall to protect your flowers.

Also, keep in mind that plants exposed to strong winds will need to be watered more often.


Which of these wind tolerant flowers do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wind tolerant flowers

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin. I'm passionate about gardening and horticulture and I love growing just about everything including herbs, vegetables, flowers, succulents and indoor plants. I've been gardening most of my life and I created this blog to inspire beginner gardeners to create their own urban garden. Read more