Florida, with its subtropical and tropical climate, is home to many colorful, showy flowers. In fact, Florida has the greatest amount of native plants for use by the home gardener, according to R.J. Black, a horticulturist with the University of Florida. Some of these plants thrive in the hot, humid weather of the far south, while others grow better in the cooler northern climate of the state.
Southern honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is a twining vine with showy, trumpet-shaped red or coral-colored flowers, although one cultivar has yellow flowers. This plant is known for its ease of care and for the fact that it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Southern honeysuckle is not an invasive weed like its relative, Japanese honeysuckle, and will stay in a relatively neat mound. Also called coral honeysuckle, the plant prefers to grow in full sun and is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 4 to 10.
Adam's needle (Yucca smalliana) is popular with home gardeners for its ability to bloom in shady areas of a garden. This hardy plant will grow in any type of soil and features spectacular, tall stalks covered in small, bell-shaped flowers. Yucca smalliana is often found growing in the wild and is hardy to USDA Zone 9.
The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a very popular flower for home gardeners in Florida, both for its huge, showy white clusters of flowers and its colorful autumn leaves. This beautiful plant will grow in partial shade and needs acidic, moist, well-draining soil in order to thrive. Oakleaf hydrangea can reach sizes of 6 feet tall and grow in USDA zones 5 though 9.
The strawberry bush (Euonymus americana) thrives in the coastal areas of Florida and will grow in either full sun or partial shade. The plant, which blooms in the spring with pink flowers, can grow up to 8 feet tall and thrives in USDA growing zones 6 through 9. Sometimes called bursting heart, the plant is also desirable for its showy fall color, when the glossy green leaves turn a fiery red color.