These plants may be tough and they have to be to stand the heat, but they are certainly showy. They are all growing in a single Florida garden and demonstrate what will thrive in this location. This gallery of southern summer blooms has been compiled by Douglas Hunt whose article I came across on the Hometalk website.
It takes a tough plant to handle the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. Come along with me for a tour of some from my garden that not only handle it, but put on a beautiful show while doing so.Firebush (Hamelia patens) can be killed back to the ground if we have a hard freeze, but because we haven’t had one in two years, mine are now easily 8 feet high and wide. Zebra longwing butterflies love this plant. Zones 8b to 10Necklace pod (Sophora tomentosa) is one of my favorite native shrubs. It has a graceful habit to 6-8 feet high and wide, lovely gray-green foliage, and these very showy yellow flowers. Zones 9 to 11I planted a few scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) a few years ago and all the ones I have now are reseeded from those. They are in a rather shady spot, so somewhat spindly, but the monarchs don’t mind. Zones 8b to 11