Springtime means new leaves, soft rains, and beautiful flowers. But it all starts with picking the right blooms to plant. You want color and blossoms all summer long and into the fall. Your planting choices will decide all of that. The South has hot, humid days and often gets inundated with rainfall. This means choosing plants that can stand up to the heat and humidity. Here are some flowering plants that work well in the South.
Easy To Grow Color
If you want color and you want something easy then the Mandevilla Vogue is perfect. These are tall, beautiful plants that grow 18″ – 24″. They are loaded with brilliant pink or red. They do well in a flower garden and they do well in a hanging basket or container on the porch.
If you want not only a lovely garden but beautiful butterflies, then plant ‘Stars and Stripes’ pentas. Their deep scarlet blooms attract not only butterflies but hummingbirds as well. Their foliage is variegated, and they blend well with other deep colored plants.
Another fun red flower is the ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ ruellia. It draws bees and butterflies like a beacon. If you want to make a statement with this delicate looking plant them in bunches in containers or big groupings I the garden. They are very hardy even though they look delicate.
Nice Ground Cover
If you have an area that needs some colorful ground cover, ‘Blue Sue’ setcreasea is an excellent choice. The flowers are a delicate pink and the leaves have purple edges with a hint of blue. Plant these on a hillside or under flowering bushes for a lovely show of color.
Begonias can’t be beat for breathtaking container plants. The ‘Bonita Shea’ begonia is an excellent choice for down South. The flowers are white, and the leaves curl, displaying a lovely red color. The flowers and leaves complement each other delightfully.
Made For The Heat
The South is known for its heat, so planting flowers that are heat resistant is a must. When you plant the ‘Azure Skies’ variety of heliotrope you can’t go wrong. The lavender flowers seem to never stop blooming. If you live where the winters are very mild you can grow it as a perennial.
If you are looking for something dainty and delightful, the Plum Mist cuphea will bring you great pleasure. Its flowers are lavender, both light and dark blooms which are perfect together and so lovely. They bloom all summer and into the fall. Plant them on the edges of your gardens, or in containers, as they love to grow up and over and trail delicately down the edge.
Great Companion Plants
Scaevola and verbenas are wonderful companion plants. They are fun to blend in with all kinds of flowers for impact and color. Cajun Blue is a very compact scaevola, and can be tucked in easily with other flowers. Verbenas are nice as they continually flower, are hardy and you can use them in the garden, in containers, hanging baskets or any other way you can think of. Princess Blush is another good variety of verbena.
There are many varieties of flowers which can easily be planted in the South but these are all varieties known to do well. Easy choices, especially for beginner gardeners, you can’t go wrong choosing from this list.