So many of our spring time flowers wilt and wither under the hot summer sun. They just can’t take the heat, but their demise leaves our garden lacking color.
Change the mid-summer appearance of your yard next year by planting some of these plants that will bloom during the hot summer and keep your garden colorful.
Bottle Brush (Callistemon)
The mid-sized evergreen shrub produces puffy spikes of crimson red blooms that resemble the brush used to clean a baby’s bottle.
Drought tolerant and heat resistant, Bottle Brush will produce blooms all summer long.
This shrub can be grown in a large container and kept pruned to the desired size and shape.
Place in a sunny location and water when soil dries out.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
The state wildflower of Oklahoma that earned its name by giving the appearance of a colorful Native American blanket spread on the ground.
This wildflower is easy to tame and grow in any home garden to provide color all summer.
Blanket Flower is in the sunflower family and loves to grow in full sun. The yellow blooms are born on long slender stems and make excellent cut flowers.
Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)
They are nectar-rich flowers that have a long bloom time and are drought and heat tolerant.
The warmer the climate, the more likely the plant will return next year.
The star-shaped, vibrant-hued flower act like hummingbird magnets and are a must-have flower for bird friendly landscapes.
Other pollinators, like bees, are attracted to Pentas too.
Moss Rose (Portulaca)
This colorful plant produces creeping, needle-like foliage that bears a multitude of different color blooms each morning.
Moss Rose is a low growing annual plant that is ideal for borders or hanging baskets.
The blooms resemble a small rose and this heat tolerant plant will produce new blooms every day throughout summer.
Plant in full sun and water when soil dries out.
The hotter the summer temperature becomes, the more proficient verbena will bloom. The key to having this heat tolerant plant bloom all summer is to give it consistent water. Water plant thoroughly any time the soil dries out and it will reward you with spikes of colorful purple flowers.
Butterflies love the spikes of colorful flowers and will visit them frequently during the summer.
Let’s make dry and dull mid-summer colorful and uplifting by planting these wonderful flowering plants in your garden!