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Need More Seasonal Summer Color? Here Are Our Favorite Full-Sun StunnersSpring and summer color for Atlanta commercial properties is meant to do one thing: POP! Spring and summer annuals are designed to punch up an entry or other focal points of a property and wow anyone who views it, from tenants to passersby.

Spring and summer color selections are much more vast than fall and winter. Plants grow taller, fuller, and their maximum height is different for each plant.

These characteristics mean that in order to make an impact, you must create “blocks” of color, rather than do a fluid layout with more movement. The advantage to this blocked full look is that you can tier the color by planting material that gets tallest in the back and do shorter and shorter material as you get closer to the front.

Our favorite summer annuals for full sun include Dragon Wing Begonias, Zinnias, Duranta, Blue Salvia, and Lantana.

Dragon Wing Begonias

Need More Seasonal Summer Color? Here Are Our Favorite Full-Sun StunnersThese exotic flowers come in both pink and red. While there aren’t many color selections, you can guarantee that with proper irrigation and sun, they will be lush and full. You can even create the illusion that the bed is 2x the size, simply from their growth and expansion habits.


Zinnias come in a variety of colors, and they all thrive in the full, blazing sun. The orange variety just screams summer when you see it in a bed.

They are a great mid-height annual for explosive full-season color.


Duranta is a non-flowering foliage plant — but even though it doesn’t flower, the impact it creates can not be matched. Duranta’s bright chartreuse foliage contrasts well with any full-sun annual, as well as lush turf.

This is one of the lowest growing annuals, and it offers a finished and crisp look to any seasonal color display.

Blue Salvia

Need More Seasonal Summer Color? Here Are Our Favorite Full-Sun Stunners

This is a perfect mid-height annual. The light blue color softens the bed. Light blue also gives a refreshing element in a season where there are very few blue flowers. This plant is sun-loving and heat-thriving.


Lantana comes in a variety of colors and is the most heat and drought-tolerant plant. This plant does the best in full sun with less water. It blooms continuously and takes off when the heat is at its most intense. This plant grows very full and tall and is great as a colorful backdrop for a color display.

Give Your Property That Summer Pop

Want to talk more about seasonal color for your Atlanta commercial landscape? The landscaping professionals at HighGrove Partners would love to arrange a consultation on how to incorporate beautiful pops of color on your property.

Call us at 678-298-0550 or use our simple contact form for a free consultation!

Last modified: May 6, 2022

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