32 sun-rich plants and flowers for your garden

32 sun-rich plants and flowers for your garden

Mandeville

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This beautiful vine maintains its gorgeous color all summer long. Mandevilla comes in white, pink, red and coral, and brightens up any deck, patio or planting bed with its trumpet-shaped flowers. It's usually treated as an annual, but you can bring it indoors for the winter – just be careful, it tends to drop its leaves and is messy.

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fan flower

Fairy fan flower, scaevola aemula in blossom
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The prolific flowers of this low-growing year look like little fans. Available in white, pink and purple, this all-sun flower stands up to heat and drought like a champ. Plant them as edging along paths, in containers, and in window boxes.

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Sweet potato vine

Sweet potato vines and cacti grow from potted plants
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This beautiful annual vine with its burgundy, yellowish or variegated leaves adds a strong touch to a mixed container. Just remember to give it plenty of room to spread out.

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Catmint

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Mint is a perennial that doesn't mind heat, poor soil, or drought once established. With silvery green foliage that has a minty scent and purple flower spikes that pollinators love, it's a must-have in any garden.

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Bidens

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This plant grows cheerful daisy-like flowers in bright colors, such as orange and yellow, even in the height of summer. Plus, you don't have to close it to keep the flowers coming.

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Russian sage

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Russian sage is a beautiful perennial with stunning spikes of purple flowers that last for weeks. Bonus: Leave deer and rabbits alone.

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Daylily

Daylilies
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If you want a perennial that will survive neglect, choose a daylily. This hardy plant tolerates most soil types and requires almost no care. Each flower only lasts for one day – hence the name – but there are plenty of them on each stem! They come in all heights and every color you can imagine, with single or double petals.

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Lavender

Cotswolds lavender blossoms on the snowy slope
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This Mediterranean native is no stranger to heat and drought. It actually prefers sandy and rocky soil and does not like to be kept too wet. There are many types of lavender, so be sure to choose one that will grow best in your USDA plant hardiness zone.

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Dichondra

Creeping dichondra grows in the garden
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The silvery green foliage and dense, creeping nature make this annual a great filler for pots and window boxes. Plant them alone or in a mixed container.

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Salvia

Jungle sage flowers
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Perennial salvia is a hardy, reliable plant and pollinators love it. It comes in pink, blue and purple, and is usually avoided by deer and rabbits.

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Angelonia

Angelonia Angelonia angustifolia, summer snapdragon, is a perennial flowering plant native to Mexico and the West Indies. Angelonia flowers have a tubular shape and come in a wide range of colors including white, pink, blue, purple and brown in temperate regions. Angelonia is grown as an annual in frost-free areas. It is treated as perennial
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Also called summer snapdragon, this stunning annual plant features bright spikes of pink, purple or white flowers that last all season. Layer the delicate-looking but very sturdy plant into beds or containers as an upright accent.

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Marigold

Marigold
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This year's powerhouse is a classic – probably your grandmother's favorite! It is popular all over the world, from Mexico to India. Marigolds are very hardy, so they can handle a lot of heat and thrive even in a hard freeze. They come in bright orange, yellow, cream and variegated varieties.

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Petunia

Looking at the outdoor hanging basket in a house filled with blooming purple petunias
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This ancient annual flower blooms and blooms for reliable color all season long. New varieties do not need to be deadheaded to continue to thrive, and they spread to fill the area quickly. Petunias look especially gorgeous in hanging baskets and window boxes.

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Coneflower

Coneflower
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This cheerful perennial comes in every shade of the rainbow. Coneflower is a favorite pollinator, and its seed heads provide winter food for birds.

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Calibrachoa

Clebrachoa flowers are blooming
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This may look similar to petunia, but it is a completely different plant. Best used in baskets or window boxes for maximum impact, this annual comes in stunning colors – ranging from hot pink to lemon yellow to vibrant orange and everything in between – with single or double petals.

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Caladium

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Beautiful heart-shaped leaves with splashes of pink, green and white make this foliage plant stunning. Plant caladium in its container or within the landscape. It can survive the winter in warm climates, or you can pot it and bring it indoors as a houseplant for the winter in cold climates.

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Moss Rose

Rose moss Portulaca Grandiflora flowers after rain in a park in the Philippines
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This low-growing annual tree — also called purslane — has thick, fleshy leaves that retain water, so it's drought-tolerant. It is very beautiful, with bright flowers in shades of hot pink, yellow, red, orange and white.

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Globe Amaranth

Gomphrena globosa amaranth world top view purple flower blooming in tropical garden flower planting in summer season beauty of garden in nature planting purple flowers with organic soil gardening
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Heat, humidity and drought: this extreme year takes it all seriously! The round marigold flowers provide an interesting contrast with other plants, and are an ideal plant for edging along a walkway.

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Roselle

Pink hibiscus flower on the plant
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Hibiscus, native to the tropics, adds an exotic touch to any container. Available in a range of bright, saturated colors – from dark red to pink, orange and yellow – some species are perennial and others are annual. Read the label to be sure of what you are buying.

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Cobia

In full bloom, a mature cigar plant
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Also known as the cigar plant or firecracker plant, it is a favorite of hummingbirds. Coffea is an annual in most USDA hardiness zones, but a perennial in some. Plant it in well-drained soil with average moisture.

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