What survives with alot of sun - Knowledgebase Question

Port St. Lucie, Fl
Question by ericyolandaj
July 7, 2010
Hello,
I would like to plant outside of my pool enclosure. So essentially just borders. Everything dies since I am in Florida and get an amazing amount of sun all day. I would like something that will be pretty for a celebration next month. I have planted succulents in the front. They are doing okay. Any suggestions? Thanks


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Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010

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Some outstanding heat and drought tolerant plants include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), Opuntia humifusa (hardy prickly pear), Stapelia spp. (carrion flower) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart).

Or, you might consider some ornamental grasses: Festuca glauca (blue fescue), Imperata cylindrica (Japanese blood grass), Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhlygrass), Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhlygrass), Nassella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Pennisetum setaceum (African fountain grass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sorghastrum nutans (indiangrass), Spartina bakeri (sand cordgrass), Uniola paniculata (sea oats).

Enjoy your new plants!

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