What outdoor hanging flowering plants can handle full sun and heat?

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What outdoor hanging flowering plants can handle full sun and heat?
Petunias are a good choice for hanging pots since they can tolerate direct sun and heat. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Swaminathan)

Many flowering plants do well in hot, sunny conditions, but not all are the right shape and size for hanging baskets. Read on for tips on choosing sun- and heat-tolerant flowering plants that are a good fit for hanging baskets.

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Verbena

Verbena is a trailing plant with colorful flowers ranging from white to pink or red. Verbena can take full sun and is drought-resistant.

What outdoor hanging flowering plants can handle full sun and heat?
Verbena flowers are drought-resistant. (tusumaru/iStock/Getty Images)

Petunias and Million Bells

Petunias can tolerate a lot of direct sun and look pretty in hanging baskets. Million Bells (scientific name Calibrachoa) look like miniature petunias and also gain their best color in direct sun.

Flowering herbs

Rosemary, oregano and a variety of other herbs are attractive when they flower. Rosemary especially tolerates and thrives on full sun and heat.

Lantana

Lantana produces clusters of bright flowers in yellow or orange and do well in full sun. The heat-tolerant flowering plant also attracts butterflies.

Miniature roses and moss rose

Rose lovers can plant miniature roses or moss rose in hanging baskets. Both plants love full sun.

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