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Old 07-12-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: tampa bay
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My 83 yr old mother has a cement planter built into her outside staircase. She lives on Gulf Coast of Florida. This time of year its is very rainy but very hot! She would like to get something with a little color but low upkeep. Could anyone recommend something? I went to Home Depot garden center and everything they showed me didn't have much color. Thanks
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:44 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Flowering Vinca, not the spreading ground cover but plants that look sort of like Impatiens.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:09 PM
 
Location: California
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Can you post a photo so we can see dimensions?
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:53 AM
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Location: Massachusetts
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Anything native to Florida and that area, as natives tend to be easier keepers.

However, we don't know what the moisture and light is at your grandmother's, and you need to consider both if you want to choose flowers/plants that will flourish.

This site will help you find plants according to your wants and needs:

Florida Native Plant Society

I would also seek out a nursery that specializes in natives, like this one:

https://www.greenseasonsnursery.com/
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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Geranium
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:31 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Pip Squeak supplier for Wash. D.C.~
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Esperanza!

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/n...nza.htmleranza

This Hosta is beautiful...


http://www.homedepot.com/p/OnlinePla...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Old 07-15-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Portulaca. Comes in lots of colors and can stand the heat!
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:51 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Crape Myrtles are heat/drought tolerant once established, not to mention the fact that new varieties are coming out which are different than your usual crape myrtle with the usual hot pink blossoms aka, the "pepto bismol" tree
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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Russian sage, Achillea, Lavender, Yucca, those are the first that come to mind.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Pip Squeak supplier for Wash. D.C.~
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Crape Myrtles are heat/drought tolerant once established, not to mention the fact that new varieties are coming out which are different than your usual crape myrtle with the usual hot pink blossoms aka, the "pepto bismol" tree
Oh yeah there's white, cranberry and many shades of red. But this is for a planter. I realized after I posted and changed my post. We really don't have an idea as to the size of the planter though.
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