The Q&A Archives: Flowering Plants for a South-facing Garden

Question: I have flower beds in the front of my house which faces south. It gets very hot there in the mid to late summer. I have tried many different plants there; some work, some don't. Can you suggest a few plants which would be good to grow there. Both perennial and annual if possible. Thank you. Homer Kaufmann Ivoryton, CT

Answer: Try portulacca, verbena, gaillardia, gazania, sunflowers, and phacelia for annuals. For perennials, try yarrow, hollyhocks, anemones, golden marguerite, asters, and day lilies! The annuals I suggested like hot, dry soil. The perennials like full sun with a well-drained soil. Have fun!

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