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Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

Is anyone else a little nervous about doing container plants? I’m only hesitant to do container plants yearly because I’ll forget to water them all! It’s so easy to get caught up adding all these cheap container plants to our patios, decks, porches, etc., but then you must water them frequently.

Instead, I choose plants that can handle a little neglect in the hot summer months. Once you plant the right flowers, container gardening is pretty enjoyable.

Here are my favorite sun-loving plants for containers.

Keep in mind what gardening zone you are in. You can find out here.

Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

1. Succulents

Succulents are like the laid-back surfers of the plant world. They thrive on minimal attention and love basking in the sun. I find the best deals for these at wholesale clubs or on Lowe’s and Home Depot racks. These are the best plants to start with when you are getting into a routine of having plants.

Here’s how to keep them happy:

  • Well-draining soil: Avoid soggy roots by using soil that drains well.
  • Infrequent watering: These plants store water in their leaves, so only water them when the soil is completely dry.
  • At least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily: Place them where they can soak up the rays.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

2. Zinnias

Zinnias are the life of the party with their vibrant, cheerful blooms. These are my favorite plants from which to get seeds from the Dollar Tree. I know I should be harvesting my seeds here, but I always forget, and the $0.25 pack from Dollar Tree is easy.

They’re also pretty low-maintenance.

  • Regular watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.
  • Full sun: They need lots of light to thrive.
  • Deadheading: Remove spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

3. Portulaca

Also known as moss rose, Portulaca is a tough little plant that can handle the heat like a champ.

  • Full sun: Loves the sun and blooms best in it.
  • Well-drained soil: Prevent root rot by ensuring good drainage.
  • Infrequent but deep watering: Water thoroughly but allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

4. Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

These mini petunias are perfect for hanging baskets and containers, providing a cascade of color.

  • Full sun: They thrive in bright light.
  • Well-draining soil: Keep the soil from becoming waterlogged.
  • Regular watering: Maintain even moisture without overwatering.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

5. Lavender

Lavender not only smells divine but also thrives in hot, sunny conditions. It’s one of my favorite plants; you can use it in many ways.

  • Well-draining soil: Essential to prevent root rot.
  • Full sun: Needs plenty of light to flourish.
  • Infrequent deep watering: Once established, water deeply but infrequently.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

6. Petunias

Petunias are classic container plants that provide continuous blooms.

  • Full sun: They need a lot of light.
  • Well-draining soil: Essential for healthy growth.
  • Regular watering: Keep the soil slightly moist, but avoid overwatering.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

7. Hibiscus

For a tropical feel, hibiscus is your go-to plant. Those large, colorful blooms are hard to resist:

  • Well-draining soil: Prevents waterlogged roots.
  • Regular watering: Keep the soil consistently moist.
  • Protection from strong winds: Place them in a sheltered spot to protect the delicate flowers.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

8. Coneflowers (Echinacea)

Coneflowers are rugged and beautiful, perfect for sunny spots. This is another go-to plant that is easy to start from seed and can be found at your local Dollar Tree.

  • Full sun: Thrive in bright light.
  • Well-draining soil: Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.
  • Tolerant of drought: While they appreciate regular watering, they’re pretty resilient.
Best Container Plants for Full Sun & Heat

9. Rocket Trumpet

This tropical plant adds a burst of color and texture to any container garden:

  • Full sun: They love soaking up the rays.
  • Well-draining soil: Prevents waterlogged roots.
  • Regular watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy.

10. Bengal Tiger (Canna)

For a striking addition to your container garden, Bengal Tiger canna lilies are a fantastic choice.

  • Full sun: Loves soaking up the rays.
  • Well-draining soil: Essential for healthy growth.
  • Regular watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

There you have it—my top picks for sun-loving container plants that can handle a bit of neglect. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a newbie, these plants will add beauty and color to your outdoor spaces without demanding too much time.

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