The bright cone-shaped flowers of the Lantana lie low to the ground but have strength in numbers – plant a whole bed for an eye-catching effect sure to beautify any garden in this hot and humid region of the States. Lantana oftentimes produces bi-colored flowers in shades of orange, yellow, pink and coral. Lantana enjoys full sun, plenty of water and well-draining soil. It is both drought and flood tolerant, making it an excellent choice for areas where weather swings between wet and dry extremes.
Bright purple flowers top the tall, dark green stalks of Mexican Petunias during the blooming season from early summer through late fall. The petals are delicate and paper-thin, so be careful to handle flowers delicately. Mexican Petunias make great border plants for any southeastern garden and will drink up any excess water after regular watering, helping to reduce groundwater runoff. They can tolerate full sun but will also do well in partial-sun. When not in bloom, the stalks and sword-shaped leaves make attractive decorative plants – plant them in a thick line at the back of your garden to provide a pleasing backdrop for low-lying flowers.
Native to South Africa, where conditions are similar to those in Florida and surrounding states, Plumbago is a sun-loving shrub which sprouts beautiful lilac colored flowers on cone-shaped inflorescences (stalk-like terminal flowering parts of the shrub). The bush itself is a pleasing shade of light green and will grow quite prodigiously if left to its own devices, so keep up regular pruning to maintain the shape you desire. Butterflies and bees love the delicate purple blooms of the Plumbago, so expect some visitors to your garden on sunny days.
This flowering shrub is native to temperate, tropical and subtropical regions everywhere from Hawaii to India. In some parts of the world, hibiscus tea, made from the flowers is quite popular. This shrub likes plenty of water but will also tolerate extreme heat and full sun. Bright trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of red, yellow, white, purple and pink bloom in mid to late summer. Conspicuous stamens protrude from the center of the flowers, attracting beneficial pollinators to your garden. Hibiscus likes well-draining and slightly acidic soil; make sure it dries out between watering for healthy plants.
If you have the space for it, seize the opportunity to include this stunning flowering tree in your garden or backyard. The Magnolia is one of the oldest known flowering plants that still survives today, dating back many tens of millions of years ago. Magnolia trees do not bloom year-round but your patience will be greatly rewarded in late spring the magnificent creamy white flowers do open, releasing a heavenly scent reminiscent of vanilla or gardenia.