Choosing sun-loving plants here in Florida is a must. There’s a reason we’re called the Sunshine state! Try these 12 plants that thrive in the sun:
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Originally from Madagascar and believed by some to be the same plant that adorned Christ’s crown of thorns, this cactus-like plant shoots out dainty pink or white flowers on a thorny stem. Wear gloves when handling Crown of Thorns, as its sap can be mildly poisonous.
Marigolds are pom-pom-shaped annual flowers that many landscapers and gardens use to brighten their summer designs. They love hot, full sun and have an extended bloom time. People harvest them for culinary purposes, but they can be poisonous in large amounts, so be careful if you plan to eat them.
Agave may grow best in the southwestern US, but it loves Florida’s hot weather too. These unique-looking, prickly plants add texture and interest to your landscape for very low maintenance. Just plant in a sunny, dry, well-draining area for best results.
Acalypha Copper Leaf (Acalypha wilkesiana)
Add depth and intrigue to your lawn with the beautiful Acalypha Copper Leaf plant. These semi-evergreen shrubs come in more colors than just copper. You can enjoy them in green, pink, yellow, orange, or cream. They grow best in fertile, well-draining soil and full sun.
African Bush Daisy (Gamolepis chrysanthemoides)
Bright yellow flowers contrasted against dark green leaves make the African Bush Daisy a striking addition to your garden or lawn. They do well in containers or planted in large areas and love the sun, but they do need a little water now and then to look their best.
A southern landscape staple, the crepe myrtle is a sun-loving, heat-tolerant, and drought-tolerant tree that turn heads with their bright, showy summer flowers. But crepe myrtles put in double duty as an autumn showstopper as well; People travel from all around to watch their leaves fall with the temperatures.
Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)
Star-shaped flowers adorn the new growth of this popular border or hedge plant. It comes in a variety of colors that attracts desirable wildlife, like hummingbirds.
Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa)
Also known as Sky-blue sage or Blue Spike sage, this robust perennial will bring beautiful sky-blue flowers to your yard year after year. It lives pretty much everywhere, from hot and dry to wet and shady, and it thrives in full sun. Hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators also love these bright beauties. Plant Bog Sage in the middle of other plants and shrubs so they can gain support for their upright shoots.
African Iris (Dietes)
Also known as Butterfly iris or Fortnight lily, the African Iris is a mainstay in Florida landscapes. It blooms every two weeks, with beautiful white flowers boasting eye-catching bright purple centers. It is very low maintenance and does great as a ground cover.
Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citriodora)
Add the sense of smell to your lawn with some strategically placed lemon verbena plants. These edible herbs thrive best in full sun and well-draining soil with lots of organic matter. When you’re not admiring their showy purple and white flowers, you can snip a bit off for that Pinterest recipe you’ve been dying to try.
Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex)
The Mexican Petunia goes by many names, including Britton’s Wild Petunia, Mexican Bluebell, and Texas Petunia. As is common with petunias, it has delicate, wispy petals and comes naturally in a light lavender shade. But don’t let its seeming fragility fool you. Many consider this to be an aggressively propagating, shrubby plant that can be difficult to control. Florida’s Exotic Pest Plant Council has classified this as a Category 1 invasive species, so if you do plant it, be sure to keep it well contained.
Our sunny weather doesn’t mean you have to settle for boring, desert-like landscaping. We design custom landscapes that take advantage of the many available plants that blossom beautifully here, adding depth, interest, and pops of color to your yard. Let us boost your curb appeal by designing your dream yard today!