The Q&A Archives: Sunny Flower Beds

Question: What are the most durable, colorful plants to use in small flower beds in a very hot climate, no shade.

Answer: There are literally hundreds of suitable plants. Here's a partial list:
Aquilegia chrysantha Hinckleyana Hinckley's Columbine; Aquilegia canadensis;
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'; Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed); Aster oblongifolius (Fall Aster); Beloperone guttata (Shrimp Plant); Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Ox-eye Daisy); Chrysanthemum sp. (Garden Mums); Coreopsis grandiflora (Tickseed);
Crocosmia pottsii (Montbretia); Cuphea micropetala (Cigar Plant); Dianthus sp. (Perennial Pink); Echinacea angustifolia (Purple Coneflower); Eupatorium coelestinum; Ageratum; Gaillardia (Indian Blanket); Gaura lindheimeri; Gladiolus byzantinus; Helianthus maximiliani 9Maximilian Sunflower); Hemerocallis (Day Lily); Iris; Lantana montevidensis (Trailing Lantana); Malvaviscus drummondii (Turk's Cap);
Mentha piperita (Peppermint); Pavonia lasiopetala (Rock Rose); Penstemon cobaea;
Phlox; Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary); Salvia Greggii; Symphytum officinale (Comfrey); Tagetes lucida (Mexican Marigold); Thymus vulgaris (Common Thyme); Verbena; Viola odorata (Sweet Violet).

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