Well the thermometer is spiking everywhere it seems and summer has unleashed its heat on our gardens. Are you prepared?? My own garden is a bit lacking in heat-tolerant plants so I began researching some plants that can beat the heat and still show off color and texture– something beyond cacti and succulents. Today I’m sharing some eye-catching choices with you!
Black Eyed Susan. I enjoy these every year in other yards and gardens and don’t know why I haven’t pulled the trigger for my own sunny hot spots! Bonus: they’re perennials so easy on the gardening budget and on the eyes.
Coreopsis. This is a new-to-me discovery. I love the variety of colors and the spiky foliage this plant sports. The blooms are on the small side but don’t let that delicate appearance fool you… this thrives in heat and sun and will bloom all summer.
Vinca. This beauty can be invasive if planted in the ground (be prepared!) but is a wonderful choice for containers. I’ve used this on my back deck off and on over the years and have always been pleased with its hardiness.
Lantana. This is another one that makes regular appearances in my garden. It thrives in both beds and containers and is available in a wide variety of colors. I’ve never had success wintering this over so I treat it more like an annual, but the butterflies and hummingbirds this attracts makes it worth the yearly investment!
Verbena. I can vouch for this one as well! My purple verbena wintered over in a pot on my deck and now that the heat has set in is blooming in abundance!
Zinnia. I have never tried planting zinnias but now that I see what wonderful cut flowers they are, I will have to give them a try. I love the different shades of pink, yellow, orange and red.
Bamboo. A word of caution with this one — keep it contained! I haven’t found a single recommendation for putting this one in the ground as it is aggressively invasive. But it’s an excellent choice for containers, especially to provide screening in a sunny hot spot.
Salvia. I love these spiky purple (or white!) blooms for a different shape and texture in a garden. Also known as a perennial sage, word is these flowers will fill your garden with butterflies and birds as well.
So how can you help these beauties thrive in the heat? Water deeply in the morning every 3 to 5 days. Sounds pretty simple, no? Which of these will you pop into your garden this summer?
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