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Question: I would like to put some planters on my porch however it has full sun exposure and I am not sure what I can plant that will hold up in the sun/heat. Any suggestions? I was not sure if I could do a small shrub since it will be in a planter. But I would prefer something with color.

Answer: You should be able to grow a small shrub in a container. The key to success is to check the pots often as they will dry out quickly. The following are tolerant of hot, dry growing conditions:
Low-growing plants include
Ruby Glow Sedum , 8?
Goblin Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora ?Goblin?), 12?
Prairie Skullcap (Scutellaria resinosa), 10?
Greek Yarrow (Achillea ageratifolia), 4-6"
Silver Brocade Sage, 8?
Poppy Mallow, 8?

Medium height plants
?Blue Queen? Blue Sage (Salvia x superba), 24?
Texas Bush Sage (Salvia greggii ?Wild Thing?, ?Furman?s Red?)
Golden Fleece Dwarf Goldenrod, 15?
Licorice Mint Hyssop (Agastache rupestris), 36?
Miniature Hollyhocks, 24?
Giant Four O?Clock, 18? mounds

Tall plants
Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea), 2-5?
Red Yucca, leaves 3-4?; arching flower stems 4-5?
Torch Lily (Kniphofia hybrid), 30?
Maximillian Sunflower, 2-8?

Yukon Bell Pyracantha, 6-10?
Woods Rose, 3-5?
New Mexico Privet (Forestiera neomexicana)15?
Scotch Broom, 3-4?
Apache Plume (Falugia paradoxa)

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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