Asked on May 19, 2017

What is the best flowers to plant in a pot for a backyard with no shad

KathySusan SavareseJanet Pizaro

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  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 19, 2017

    Annuals or perennials?
  • Susan Savarese
    on May 19, 2017

    If you want to plant Annuals, my petunias have always loved the sun. The more the better! There are so many sun loving flowers, you shouldn't have too much of a problem finding the perfect one.
  • Kathy
    on May 20, 2017

    Heat Tolerant Flowers
    1. Pentas
    Beautiful pentas flowers attract pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, and sunbirds due to the nectar. Pentas is a tough heat tolerant plant that you can grow in containers. This tropical flower can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11 as perennial, below these zones grow it as an annual.
    2. Lantana
    Lantana is a common tropical flower that blooms year-round in bright colors like red, yellow, orange, white or pink. It thrives in neglect and heat, it is kind of an afternoon sun plant, the more sun the better. Growing lantana is only possible as an annual plant in mild climates.
    3. Plumbago
    Plumbago is a beautiful vine-like African native shrub that thrives in minimal care in subtropical or tropical heat. Its sky blue flowers appear almost year long in right climate. For growing plumbago outside you have to live in USDA Zone 9-11, in cooler zones you’ll need to protect it in winters.
    4. Moonflower
    The spectacular display of large and fragrant pure white flowers that resembles morning glory and open in the evening. You can grow this vine in a large container. It flowers year-round in subtropics but if you live in a temperate region, grow it as annual. Moonflower plant can reach the height of 6-15 feet in a single season and blooms from summer to fall.
    5. Hibiscus
    Hibiscus is one the most popular flowering shrubs due to some reasons: It is low maintenance, can be grown in pots easily, available in myriads of colors and for both temperate and tropical climates. Tropical hibiscus can easily handle the temperature above 100 F or more.
    6. Portulaca (Moss Rose)
    Amazing needle-like foliage and bright and colorful small flowers, the portulacas worth a place in your container garden, in hanging baskets or window boxes whether you live in tropics or in temperates. They are one of the toughest plants that never mind the rising tropical heat and drought. Portulacas are annuals everywhere except tropical zones.
    7. Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
    Also known as blanket flower, gaillardia is a heat resistant and drought tolerant plant belongs to the sunflower family. The blooms look so attractive and become excellent cut flowers. Grow blanket flower in full sun and provide afternoon shade in summer in peak tropical summer to save it.
    8. Calliandra (Powder Puff)
    Basically, a small tree that is famous for its puffy flowers that attract wildlife, you can also grow calliandra in a large pot, especially in the colder zones, below 9 to overwinter it indoors as this magnificent plant can’t survive harsh winters.
    9. Verbena
    There are more than 250 species of verbenas that can be grown in a variety of climates between USDA Zones 4-11. Almost all varieties require sun to thrive and bloom prolifically. Grow verbenas in well-drained soil and provide moderate but regular watering when the soil is dry.
    10. Thunbergia Erecta (King’s Mantle)
    Also called bush clock vine, thunbergia erecta is a shrub that is native to Africa. If grown in a subtropical or tropical climate (USDA Zone 9-11) this plant never fails from flowering. A year round prolific bloomer thunbergia erecta comes in shades of violet, purple and yellow.
    11. Mandevilla
    Grow Mandevilla as annual in cooler climates, it is a fast growing heat resistant tropical climber that blooms heavily, flowers are pink, white or red in color and give a tropical look to any garden.
    12. Bottlebrush
    With its brush like puffy flowers that appear throughout the year, bottlebrush is without a doubt one of the best large flowering shrubs. Bottlebrush can be trained in large containers, although it requires space. If grown in a cooler zone, bring the bottle brush plant indoors before the first frost to overwinter it.
    13. Marigold
    Marigolds love sun and heat. Keep them in a spot that receives full sun and they’ll bloom heavily. With the choices available, you can grow marigold either as annual or perennial.
    14. Angelonia
    Due to the shape of flowers, it is often called summer snapdragon. One of the best flowers for full sun, this lovely heat resistant plant is usually grown as an annual but if you live in a warm climate under USDA Zone 9-11, grow it as perennial. Flowers are available in blue, green, orange, pink, red, white and yellow colors.
    Due to the shape of flowers, it is often called summer snapdragon. One of the best flowers for full sun, this lovely heat resistant plant is usually grown as an annual but if you live in a warm climate under USDA Zone 9-11, grow it as perennial. Flowers are available in blue, green, orange, pink, red, white and yellow colors.
    15. Geranium
    You can not exclude geraniums from the list of heat tolerant flowers. They love the sun. Geraniums are perennial in tropics in USDA zones 9 and above and bloom a lot. Grow these old traditional flowers in containers, borders, and beds.
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