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Flowers that can survive heat/direct sunlight

Posted by farmhouse (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 10, 08 at 11:27

Hello all,
My mom has a beautiful three tier fountain on her patio that she couldn't bare to part with when moving from her home into an apartment. The problem is that the patios in her complex are open and she fears the water flow will attract kids to play on the patio and around the fountain. I suggested that it would brighten up the patio (and hopefully not attract the kids) if she planted flowers in it. She gladly approved and gave me the task of planting the flowers for her. The fountain is about 5 feet high with an angel above the top tier. I thought some sort of flowing flowers to replicate water flow would be nice. Anyone have any idea of what types of flowers I can use. The fountain is in direct sunlight and we are in Sacramento, CA so it will get HOT! I would appreciate any help. Thank you.


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RE: Flowers that can survive heat/direct sunlight

I'm not in your zone, but this is a lovely idea. Some plants that come to mind for a fountain look are lavender and ornamental grasses in the lower tier. Lavender with a long wand, such as Provence or Hidcote might be nice. Lavender loves to be dry and well-drained, full sun. It attracts honey bees and butterflies. The flowers can be used for home products, crafts, etc. It smells wonderful. Lavender is probably perennial in your area. Most varieties are for me and they are evergreen for me.

In the 2nd tier, you'll probably want a cascading plant. I can't make a recommendation for your zone, but this may be a good place for annuals for constant color or reliable perennials with long-bloom seasons. Homestead Verbena is purple, perennial heliotrope is a lavender/blue; lantana can be had in a variety of colors; wave petunias or million bells; just some thoughts.

You may also want to ask on the Container Gardening Forum (I think there is one?)

Cameron (in North Carolina)


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