Add some color to the sunny areas of your garden by putting some pots full of sun-loving flowers and plants. Here are 15 flowers that can withstand all the sun and heat that summer brings and that will decorate your garden in a wonderful way.

The most resistant flowers to be in the sun

If you have a sunny place on the patio, terrace or porch or you need to give more life to your garden, flowers are the most suitable for this purpose. These flowering container garden plants are difficult to kill and will thrive in container gardens in full sun.

These flowers are lovely and common enough to be found easily. Just because they’re common doesn’t mean you can’t make them look spectacular in the right container. In this list, you’ll discover a variety of colorful and easy-to-find plants that can brighten up your outdoor environment.

The name may seem difficult and suppose that it will not be easy to get them, but a gardener or person in charge of your nearest nursery will surely know it and can give you more details.

1. Zahara Zinnia

Zinnias, an old-fashioned favorite, got a makeover in 2018 when Ball Horticultural Company introduced this happy warm-weather zinnia. Zahara’s zinnia (Zinnia marylandica) displays nonstop blooms (no more fading) and leaves full of disease resistance (no more powdery mildew). Drought tolerant Zahara forms a mound 12 to 18 inches tall and wide so it looks neat in a container. Look for varieties that open flowers in a rainbow of hues.

2. Euphorbia hypericifolia

Euphorbia hypericifolia, also known as swallow grass, is one of the most “award-winning” plants ever developed. More than 400 universities and botanical gardens have named it one of their best plants.

This easy-care gem seems to form a snowstorm in the pot, opening its white flowers throughout the season. It grows best in the sun, but it also blooms well in partial shade.

3. Mandevilla

Add a tropical touch to your garden with the brilliant mandevilla flower. Put some fertilizer on it weekly and you’ll be rewarded with a great flower show. Show it off individually in a pot, or combine it with other tropical plants.

4. Supertunia Vista Bubblegum

This is an easy-growing, continuous-flowering type of petunia. She will never be stingy with you and will continue to flourish and grow. The plants form a nice mound 30 to 60 cm tall with stems up to almost a meter. It’s gorgeous in a pot, and offers pops of color until the fall frosts.

5. Begonia from Bolivia

Hailing from the Andes Mountains, this beautiful tuberous begonia (B. boliviensis) features powerful flowers. Its long, arched branches are filled with colorful bell-shaped flowers. The fiery tones of its petals attract hummingbirds like crazy, but you can also find flowers in pastel tones.

6. Angelonia angustifolia

This plant offers a flower show that not even the heat and sun of hot places can beat. The Angelonia annually displays flower spikes in shades of purple, pink, white and bicolor. Flowers attract butterflies all summer long and are perfect additions to fresh garden bouquets (flowers last long).

7. Scaevola aemula

If you crave shades of blue in your sunny pots, make room for the scaevola aemula. This low maintenance annual flower falls from the edges of the pot and appears to “spill over.” It doesn’t really have many needs either. It will just go on and on flourishing.

8. Lantana

Lantana definitely adds a majestic image in container gardens, as it produces flowers in rich shades of pink, orange, gold, and purple. Butterflies and hummingbirds love lantana, so they will attract wildlife to your garden.

And lantana loves the heat. Once the temperatures start to rise, the flower festival will begin and it won’t stop until fall.

9. Calibrachoa

The calibrachoa features luscious tones that are hard to beat. This beauty resembles a mini petunia, with varieties offering all kinds of color combinations and patterns, including gold and hot pink, flaming orange and deep red, and red with nearly black throats.

There will definitely be some calibrachoa to suit your taste and color palette. The secret behind all that flower power is a huge appetite. Keep the flowers coming, feeding the plants fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.

10. Dwarf canna lily

Add a tropical touch to your garden with dwarf canna lilies. Unlike their taller relatives, these lilies reach only half to 1.3 meters tall, making them perfect for a planter. They are annual plants in colder climates.

11. Sunray Sunflower

Everyone loves sunflowers, but not everyone has room for these towering plants. The sunray sunflower is a dwarf variety that is only 55cm tall, which makes them perfect for a planter.

These compact plants have up to 14 flowers per stem, and each flower is approximately 10 cm in diameter. They are annuals and are easy to grow from seed.

12. Gerbera ‘California Mixed Colors’

These graceful daisy-shaped flowers resemble the flowers a child would draw: colored petals radiating from a yellow center. They grow on stems that reach about a foot in height and will bloom all summer if you kill them. Gerberas make good cut flowers, so cut them out and put a vase on your kitchen island.

13. Endurance marigold (Endurance marigold)

Marigolds are a classic sun-loving plant and are super easy to grow. Marigolds “endurance” are a hybrid that produces orange flowers that are 8 cm wide on plants that reach approximately 30 cm in height. They are disease and drought resistant plants that bloom continuously throughout the summer.

14. Celosia ‘Arrabona Red’

Lattices are showy, with their bright red, feathered flowers that rise like needles on mounds of plants. The Arrabona Red is a dwarf variety that is 35 to 45 cm tall. Celosia blooms from spring to late summer, giving you months of color.

These sun-loving plants are also drought and heat tolerant, so they can withstand the harshest weather that summer can offer.

Pro Tip: These plants grow best in dry climates. Too much rain causes them to collapse and rot.

15. Geranium

This is a classic for container gardens. Geranium offers strong colors throughout the season. To keep the flowers coming, remove spent flower heads by adjusting the stem as close to the base as possible.

Get geraniums in a rainbow of hues, including red, white, pink, purple, coral, and two-tone blends.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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