Scorching temperatures can threaten to dry out your lush green plants and colorful blooms, but that’s only if you haven’t planted wisely. We’ve rounded up the some of our summer plants that can take the heat and look gorgeous while doing it. These drought-tolerant plants can keep every outdoor container and flower bed prospering even when rain fall is scarce and the heat is relentless. Try cheerful Black-Eyed Susans to brighten up a window box or Zinnias of all colors—red, orange, yellow, pink and purple—to add life to a back porch container garden. Use vibrant purple verbena to make a big statement along the top of a retaining wall, or employ heat-tolerant latana to attract our favorite of all garden features—butterflies.
Plant these heat-loving, hardy plants that thrive in hot weather. Simply water them once a week to enjoy their blooms all summer long.