What are the Best Flowers to Grow in Florida During the Summer?

Coreopsis, he official wildflower of the state of Florida

With Florida’s erratically tough weather patterns – especially during summer months – some species of plants and flowers are difficult to grow. However, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Thankfully, The Billy Goat knows which flowers flourish best in the wild Miami heat, so there’s no need to look far.


The official wildflower of the state of Florida, coreopsis have a bloom reminiscent of the sun – perfect for the Sunshine State.

Coreopsis come in a variety of fire-yellow daisy-shaped sun-flowers, but breeders have been crossbreeding new colors such as pink, red, and gold. They’re also fairly resilient in droughts while also being irresistible to butterflies.

Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia

A gallant plant common in some of Florida’s most luxurious properties, Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia is stunning.

With dark green leaves that flower gorgeous flowers in autumn and winter, they resemble an exotic bird. While not common to this area and prone to spreading, it is by no means an invasive species that can grow to be 2 feet tall.


If you’re looking for something low-maintenance, pentas are perfect.

One of the easiest plants to maintain in South Florida, Pentas produce showy clusters of red, pink, lavender, or white flowers that bloom regularly.

The blooms are also magnets for butterflies and certain birds.


Echinacea – also known as coneflower – is a particular Florida beauty excellent for the sun, blooming all year long. They can reach as high as 3 feet tall and are fairly drought resistant, attracting butterflies.

Coming in a variety of shades such as orange, white, pink, and yellow, Echinacea is a simple solution to add various colors to your garden.


A type of Penta that is used often to brighten lawns, Firebush is a flaming hot beauty that can grow over 6 feet tall.

With fiery yellow and orange foliage that attracts birds and butterflies, Firebush grows year-round in regions that don’t experience harsh winters.

All these flowers and more can make your summer landscaping fun and colorful, brightening the day as you relax in the garden with friends and family.

Check out The Billy Goat Gallery to see how we manage lawn care in Miami, keeping our clients’ grass green year-round no matter what, and visit our blog for more gardening ideas. Or if you have some tips of your own, drop us a line on Facebook, we love to hear from the community.

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