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The Best Full Sun Year-Round Blooming Plants for Flower Beds

Flower boxes and planters can really bring a bit of the outdoors closer to the home, whether in window boxes or in patio planters. For full sun areas you’ll need plants that can take being a container plant and in full direct heat and sun. Add the desire for year-round blooms and the list narrows considerably--but you do have options.

Purple Heart

Setcreasea pallida, the purple heart, is a perennial. It will get up to 1 foot tall and 1 to 3 feet wide in a spreading shape with medium growth rate. Grow a purple heart in full sun and part sun/shade in well drained soil. It has a high salt tolerance and can tolerate acidic soil. Pink flowers are year round with evergreen purplish-red leaves in a medium texture.

  • Flower boxes and planters can really bring a bit of the outdoors closer to the home, whether in window boxes or in patio planters.
  • It will get up to 1 foot tall and 1 to 3 feet wide in a spreading shape with medium growth rate.

Yellow Allamanda

Allamanda cathartica, the yellow allamanda, is a vine. It has a variable growth habit, an irregular shape, and a fast growth rate. Grow a yellow allamanda in full sun in well drained soil. It has a tolerance of acidic soil and a moderate salt tolerance. Flowers are showy and yellow, year -round. Leaves are evergreen and have a coarse texture.

Dwarf Poinciana

Caesalpinia pulcherrima, the dwarf Poinciana, is a shrub. It can get 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. It has a shape like a vase and a fast growth rate. Grow a dwarf Poinciana in full sun in well drained soil. Flowers are showy and year round in red, yellow, or orange. Leaves are fine textured and evergreen.

  • Allamanda cathartica, the yellow allamanda, is a vine.
  • It has a variable growth habit, an irregular shape, and a fast growth rate.

Umbrella Sedge

Cyperus alternifolius, the umbrella sedge, is a perennial shrub. It will get 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide in an upright shape with medium growth rate. Grow umbrella sedge in full sun or part sun/shade in well-drained soil. Flowers are green and showy, year-round. Leaves are evergreen and of fine texture.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, the hibiscus, is a shrub. It will get 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. It has an oval shape and a fast growth rate. Grow a hibiscus in full sun or partial sun/shade in well drained soil. Flowers are showy and white, red, pink, orange, yellow, or salmon and are year-round. Leaves are variegated broadleaf evergreen and medium in texture.

  • Cyperus alternifolius, the umbrella sedge, is a perennial shrub.
  • Grow a hibiscus in full sun or partial sun/shade in well drained soil.

Statice

Limonium sinuatum, the statice, is an annual. It will get 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. It has an upright shape and a medium growth rate. Grow a statice in full sun in well drained soil. Flowers are showy and year-round in the colors of blue, pink, lavender, white, yellow, or red. Leaves are medium textured and green.

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