One of the best things about the arrival of warmer weather is the gorgeous flora that comes with it. However, as the weather heats up, not all plants can withstand the hotter temperatures. If you want to make sure your plants don’t wilt in the summer months, here are some hearty varieties you should check out.
1. Black-eyed Susan
Plant it and forget it! This yellow dose of sunshine is so easy to grow that it requires almost no maintenance except for the removal of dead stalks. Just make sure to wear gloves when you’re working with these plants as they have little hairs that can irritate the skin.
This garden standard really shines in the middle of summer heat when it comes to full bloom. Just like the Black-eyed Seasons, they require very little care and make great plants to grow around vegetable plants.
4. Madagascar Periwinkle
These bushy plants native to Madagascar, India and tropical Asia thrive in both humid and dry heat. Flowers bloom atop glossy green leaves in pure white, pink, or rose. It’s no surprise that it is such a popular ornamental plant commonly found in gardens and homes throughout the warmer parts of the world. However, it’s not just looks. The Madagascar Periwinkle is also known as the source of chemical compounds used in the treatment of cancer.
This spreading plant is perfect for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes. Just ensure that your soil is extremely well drained and this plant will continue to bloom even in the hottest, driest conditions.
One of the most colorful flowers on earth. This genius of plants in the daisy family are annuals which come in a diverse palette of every bright and pastel color you can imagine. Also, since they are so fast growing, they shade out the growth of weeds.
7. Callirhoe Involucrata
8. Mealy Cup Sage
9. Threadleaf Coreopsis
These incredibly easy to grow members of the sunflower family are known for yielding an abundance of yellow blooms. Just be mindful of the fact that they attract wildlife, including bees, butterflies and birds.
10. Blanket Flower
These summer favorites feature daisy-like flowers which bloom in warm yellow, orange and red colors. These cheerful, long-blooming plants are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and are a definite focal point for any garden.