These sun-loving plant is native to the tropics and subtropical regions. It produces large, showy flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, white and purple. It’s important to maintain a steady balance between sunlight and heat with this plant. If exposed to direct sunlight, keep temperatures on the low side, if out of direct sunlight, increase the air temperature. Hibiscus should be watered whenever the soil feels dry. Reduce waterings during winter.
This citrus tree is native to China but does quite well in homes across the U.S. If left to its own devices, it can grow to be somewhere between 6 and 10 feet tall, but can be pruned to stop growth at almost any height. In addition to lemons, this plant also produces fragrant white flowers that sometimes have a beautiful purple tint towards the base. Meyer lemon enjoys full sun – at least 8 hours a day is optimal. Water about once a week or more frequently during hot months.
The Azalea is a flowering shrub which blooms in rich shades of pink and red. Azaleas make great ground cover but can also be kept as potted plants. The plants will do well with direct sun, but blooms usually will not appear unless the plant is placed in a cool room with filtered light. Once blooms do appear, you can move the plant back to a warmer, sunnier location. Use an acidic fertilizer to keep the plant in the best condition. The soil should be kept slightly moist but not soggy.
Geraniums require at least 6 hours of direct sun per day to be healthy. You can find these flowers in many shades, though red may be the most popular. Good drainage is key for these plants, so make sure to use pots with drainage holes in the bottom. Soil containing peat moss and vermiculite is recommended for geraniums. Water until the water begins to run out of the bottom of the pot, then wait until the soil dries out before watering again.
Another sun-loving plant, the Shrimp Plant produces small white flowers surrounded by rows of red or yellow bracts (modified leaves that look similar to petals) that form a shape reminiscent of shrimp. Pot the plant in well-draining soil and rotate the pot from time to time to prevent the roots from growing through the drainage hole. Water about every 5 days when in bloom.