If you have an open yard in the front or back of your home, you know the challenge of trying to find the right plants to fill your space! The beating sun can truly take a toll on any flowers you try to introduce, so it’s important to do your research first. You don’t want to spend all that energy digging and planting only to have your new additions die because they can’t take the heat! These are some plants that look good in the summer, spring, or fall, and do best in direct sunlight. Plant them as a part of a container, or put them in a beautiful flower bed. No matter which way you work them; these blossoming blooms are sure to be a stunner.
Pansies are the easiest way for new and experienced gardeners to bring cheer to a fall garden. So long as they have full sun, pansies will thrive in flower beds or containers.
These Southern natives actually thrive in the heat and humidity, so they are a safe bet for a yard in the beating sun! Coneflowers can be drought-tolerant, but should be watered regularly in their first season. The wildflowers attract birds, bees, and butterflies and make excellent cut flowers.
Salvia & Sage
Hummingbirds and butterflies love these attractive blooms. Cousin to the culinary sage, these plants are grown mostly for show. The blossoms do get pretty big, so keep in mind when planting that they need plenty of room to grow. Combine them with old-fashioned mums, asters, goldenrods, ornamental grasses, or roses.
A beautifully potted Lantana will give color all summer and fall. The heat-tolerant plant loves full sun, and you only need a few plants to put on a show. Floridians–beware. Lantana seedlings can be invasive, so plant selections that set little or no seed such as ‘Gold Mound’ and ‘Pinkie.’
Mums are meant for sharing, and they make it easy to do so. Heirloom mums grow in clumps and can be passed along in a pot. Mums grow between two and three feet, and are best or sharing in late fall or spring. Combine with salvias, asters, or gasses for a beautiful display.
You can’t ask for a more beautiful addition to your garden than Zinnias. The easiest annuals to start from seeds, these bright buds will bloom in containers until an autumn frost. Snip them just as they are beginning to open for a show-stopping centerpiece.
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