What flowers or flowering plant to plant. (zone 9)

I live in zone 9 and would like to have flowers in a warm sunny location.
Is there a hardy plant that would last the summer?
Also, I am a beginning gardener.
Thank you,
Judy C

  5 answers
  • Geraniums - great color, easy to grow, drought tolerent, will live in poor soil, take a beating from pets and thrive in blazing hot summer sun. Great starting plant. Star Jasmine is another one. If you want annuals, snapdragons, marigolds, mums and vincas . . . And don't forget roses - in your zone easy to care for. The pink rose on the right was a $5.99 Home Depot Special and is the most prolific. I have roses in every room during the summer.
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    • Thanks! Roses are much easier to care for than most people think in the warmer climates. This is not the best photo, but the cream and yellow bushes I spent some money on and they do well, but the cheapie Home Depot special out performs the other two. And it actually does have a faint "rose smell" that I remember as a kid. If you have the money for the heirloom or pedigree roses, go for it, but not necessary if it isn't in the budget. Every year at Christmas I sill have blooms and it never fails that some visitor from snow country stops by to take photos.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 28, 2017
    Try the basic annuals that are a little less maintenance,Million bells,Lantana,Angelonia.Dusty miller is a great contrast against colors,Verbena,accents as Dracaena spike and sweet potato vines.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 28, 2017
    It really it not hard once you get the basics. Just remember no matter how much you know or do not know gardening is always an experiment no matter what others say.
  • Virginia Lieber Virginia Lieber on Apr 28, 2017
    We have good success with Lantana, roses, Mexican Bird of Paradise, red yucca,
    honeysuckle, Star Jasmine, geraniums, and my favorite...any succulent or cactus. There are so many varieties and add beautiful contrast and texture.
  • Virginia Lieber Virginia Lieber on Apr 28, 2017
    We have had success with honeysuckle, star jasmine, lantana, roses, Mexican Bird of Paradise, red yucca, geraniums, and my favorite, succulents and cactus for texture and color.