Summer is the time of the year when your home receives the most sunshine, and you should take advantage of this by adding plants that can flourish in hot weather to your garden. If you want striking foliage that will keep your garden looking beautiful throughout the summer days, here some heat-loving flowers you can plant.
Very few plants can breathe new life into a tired corner like these perennial flower plants. Asters blossom in the full sun and brighten up the summer landscape with a palette of colors that include white, blue, lavender or pink. These flowers will grow well in regular garden soils, but they will reward you with healthier blossoms if you add a little bit of fertilizer to your soil.
Planting verbena, be it annuals or perennials, ensures flowers bloom the most when it is hottest and perhaps driest in your garden. If humidity levels are high in your garden in summer, plant perennial verbena for a more attractive summer display. The many color selections of this flower make it an ideal option for your garden, as you can plant a different plant variety each season.
Dahlias are invaluable additions to your summer garden. These bush-like flower plants need full sun to blossom and can provide light shade on very hot days. In summer, they provide a bold range of lively colors as they thrive from their tuberous roots.
The spider-like appearance of grevillea explains why they are sometimes referred to as spider flowers. Plant grevilleas in sunny conditions and on light, free-draining soils and you will see why it is a preferred option in many gardens. Its muted green foliage blends well with other native garden plants and it attracts birds and pollinating insects as well.
Lantanas will require very little care once they are planted in your garden. These flower plants flourish under the heat of the summer and can tolerate drought impressively. They provide miniature flowers that look like tiny nosegays continuously in summer. Better still, a lantana garden will do a great job of attracting butterflies to your garden.
Also known as Purslanes, this drought-resistant annual thrives on neglect! Its thick and fleshy leaves allows it to store water for a long time, reducing the need to frequently water your garden. Its brilliant flowers usually open completely in bright sunshine and close later on in the afternoon when it gets extremely hot. What is more, Portulaca thrives in most types of garden soil!