The Southeast United States boasts variety in the landscape, offering plants that thrive in temperate, subtropical and tropical gardening zones. The regular sunshine of the Southeast region allows for a variety of plants, each with their own unique blooms.
Bird of Paradise
Native to South Africa, the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is cultivated throughout the world in warm climates for its blooms, which resemble the feathers and coloring of the actual Bird of Paradise animal. Gardeners in warm regions of the Southeastern United States will have little trouble cultivating this flower, which will grow in both sun and shade. Bird of Paradise plants crave rich, fertile soils, so be sure to add fertilizer to the soil often in order to ensure luscious blooms and deep-green foliage.
Dayflower (Commelina erecta), commonly referred to as Slender Dayflower or Whitemouth Dayflower, is a small herbaceous perennial that reaches a maximum height of about 1-1/2 feet. In late spring, Dayflowers produce floppy, brilliant blue flowers that consist of two large petals that are accented by a much smaller petal at the bottom of the flowerhead. The plant can be found in the wild throughout the Southeastern United States, as well as in Western Asia and Africa. Dayflower prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soils. The plant will often grow in disturbed areas.
Naked Stemmed Sunflower
Naked Stemmed Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) is an herbaceous perennial that can be found growing throughout Florida and west to Texas. A fairly uncommon sight in gardens and in the wild, Naked Stemmed Sunflower is a striking plant that boasts long, thin "naked" stems with sunny yellow flower heads that bloom in mid-summer to early fall. The plant grows best in full sunlight in sandy, well-drained soils.