5 Plants That Can Take the Summer Heat
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.