The Q&A Archives: Blooming Bushes for Sunny Exposure

Question: Our house faces south. We do not know what kind of plants/shrubs to plant in our planters. I would like something that flowers and is hardty. For the past couple of years we have been planting Impatiens and Azaleas the end up dying due to the full sun. What can you recommend?

Answer: Some of the plants that thrive in a southern exposure include Cistus (rockrose), Buddleia davidii (butterfly bush), Callistemon (bottlebrush), Escallonia, Lantana and Lavatera (tree mallow). Each of these shrubs produces seasonal flowers and all are tolerant of dry soils and reflected heat. To accompany the shrubs, add perennials to your planters such as Lavender, Artemesia, Coreopsis, desert marigold, Gallardia, Oenothera (evening primrose) or Salvia. Planting some or all of the above will provide you with colorful and attractive landscape. Enjoy!

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