Southern summers are no laughing matter. When we break out the heavy-duty sunscreen each summer, we start to worry about our plants, many of which wilt and wither once the mercury begins to rise. We always look forward to the clouds rolling in so that our thirsty plants get a big drink of water and a reprieve from the sun's hot rays. It’s tough out there for a Southern gardener in summer, especially in arid areas where summer brings drought. That’s why it’s time to fortify our gardens with plants hardy enough to withstand triple digits and minimal watering. To ensure a lush summer garden throughout the dog days of summer, we’re going to pick plants that will thrive even on the hottest days of the year. This season, we’re going to plant selections that can take the heat, plants such as blooming evergreen shrubs; native, drought-tolerant plants; and tropical selections that are happiest when the sun comes out. We have five drought-toleration recommendations for you, eye-catching plants that will bring vibrant colors and vivid, layered textures to your yard. Help your garden tough out the punishingly hot Southern climes by planting shrubs and flowers that will not only survive, but also thrive once the temps begin to rise.
These picks will thrive in even the hottest climates.