We add color to our outdoor living space every summer by decorating with annual flowers for full sun. Because the sun can be so harsh we select plants which thrive with little to no shade.
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Before I begin my flower gardening for the season I always gather my necessities for working in the harsh sun.
A straw hat to protect the skin on my face, gloves so I won’t get dirt under my fingernails and Block Island Sunscreen with SPF 30.
After I come in from flower gardening and get cleaned up I always apply moisturizer to my face and neck. Block Island Natural Face Moisturizer compliments my sunscreen.
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Block Island Natural Face Moisturizer is made from all natural ingredients with SPF 30 just like their sunscreen. It truly protects against dry skin and all I need is a pea size for my face and another pea size for my chin and neck. It feels really smooth and silky, not greasy. I have some pampering to look forward to when I finish with my flower gardening.
Here in the deep south our summers can be brutal with temps in the 90’s or low 100’s which is compounded by humidity. We carefully select flowers, shrubs and plants which thrive in our environment and particularly flowers which continue to bloom in full sun.
Here are more than 15 of the prettiest flowers for full sun which you can plant either in the ground or in containers.
Coleus are especially easy to grow and come in a variety of colors some of which are very striking and bold.
Verbena is planted in the center of this pot with Coleus around the outside. Verbena can be both an annual and a perennial depending on the variation and your planting zone.
This Verbena is actually a perennial which I planted from seed not expecting it to return the next year so that was a nice surprise for me. It is in a large container on the deck in full sun.
Mexican Heather and Purple Feather Grass put on quite a show when planted together in large containers. Purple Feather Grass can be grown as a perennial in some zones.
One of my all time favorite annuals are Marigolds. The colors are so bold and they keep on flowering right on into late fall.
I enjoy planting Marigold from seed every year. See my tutorial Marigolds From Seed To Bloom here.
Angelonia also known as Summer Snapdragon thrive in heat and humidity and will continue to flower right into the fall. The plant above is Serena® Angelonia.
Golden Tickseed also known as Coreopsis, produce an abundance of bright yellow flowers with a gorgeous maroon center. If you’re trying to attract butterflies, Golden Tickseed should definitely be in your flower garden.
Portulaca also known as Moss Rose have showy flowers which close at night and on cloudy days then open in full sun. The plant above is all orange flowers but Portulaca comes in a variety of colors including mixed.
Pink Portulaca in our DIY Tea Cup Sconce Planter.
Celosia and Red Salvia are both beautiful showy flowers great for borders or containers.
Zinnia are pretty little flowers which do well in containers or in beds. Another choice with multi colored flowers.
And these; Begonia, Petunia, Geranium, Sunflower, Ageratum, and Cosmos.
All of the flowers we have recommended can be found at your local garden center or grown from seed.
Please do not forget to apply sunscreen before working outside in the harsh sun.
Head over to Block Island Organics for your sunscreen and skin care needs as you prepare for the outdoor season. Environmental Working Group named Block Island Sunscreen to their list of Best Sunscreens three years in a row!
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