These rugged plants look like a very close relative to the Gerbera Daisy, but are significantly more heat and cold tolerant. In some areas, they’re perennials. I found these at Orscheln’s and went crazy after I saw how beautifully they bloomed once at home; I headed back and bought four more containers! I’m keeping these in their pots and have scattered them around in the different flower beds and the front door.
They come in a wide variety of colors and bloom boldly during the day, but close up at night.
Essentially kill-proof, Succulents are perfect if you’re a forgetful person who might go a few days without watering. I found a great deal on Succulents at Orscheln’s ($1.49 per plant!) and put them in my containers to add some visual texture and height variation. Succulents do really well in Kansas, but I made sure to put mine in a spot where they aren’t in direct sun all day.
Other flowers that do well:
These peculiar-looking flowers grow incredibly well in full-sun; even when it’s 104° outside! These come in a variety of citrus-inspired hues and add a really beautiful color pop to both containers and beds.
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Petunias are beautiful, grow well and really add bursts of color wherever they’re planted. I’ve strayed a bit from them in recent years because I was looking for more visual interest; however, a Petunia plant, when dead-headed regularly (just pull off the dead blooms), will grow and produce beautiful flowers all summer long. I have had great luck with petunias in full sun, full shade, and in containers as well as beds. They’re incredibly versatile.
The wind out here in Kansas has been known to blow upwards of 80 miles an hour during a storm, so I make sure to weight down all my flower pots by putting rocks in the bottom half of the pot before pouring in my potting soil and fertilizer (chicken poop).
Soil varieties have vast differences from one side of my yard to the other–some areas are more sandy, some are more clay-like. Because of this, what works in one spot, definitely may not work in another, regardless of the amount of sun the plant is getting. Take this into consideration and check the soil before you commit to planting something in an area.