5 Plants That Can Take the Summer Heat
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.
Bush Morning Glory
The lovely bush morning glory (Ipomoea fistulosa) blooms in summer with showy lavender petals. It grows quickly and is an excellent evergreen option to accent a garden in punishingly hot weather. It's a great, easy-care addition to a year-round garden.
"Royal Flush" Pachyveria
When in doubt, plant succulents. They're your best bet for sweltering climes, they come in countless forms and hues, and they require minimal maintenance, which is ideal for weekend gardeners. Research your succulents before planting, because some tolerate heat better than others. For example, sempervivum (aka: hens and chicks succulents) can handle some shade.
Plant masses of bold red cannas (Canna indica) to create instant impact with abundant tropical foliage. These vibrant and durable plants thrive in afternoon shade, making them the versatile favorites of Southern gardeners everywhere.
This hardy species (Yucca thompsoniana) is native to Texas. It thrives in full sun and requires minimal watering, but its true calling card is a crown of narrow, blue-green foliage that provides architectural interest year-round.
Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) are warm-weather stunners showcasing cheery blooms in bright colors. They're tough enough to withstand the heat, and they add instant whimsy to any flowerbed.