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8 Great Plants That Like It Hot!

As the summer heat continues its hold over our area, you may notice some of your spring plantings beginning to wilt, droop, and look sad. Unfortunately, many plants cannot handle the intense heat of our summers. Fortunately, there are many plants that not only tolerate but love the hot weather. Below are eight different plants that you can find right now at your local Meadows Farms nursery.

Flowering Vinca

Flowering vinca is one of the premier flowering bedding plants for sunny, hot areas. Vinca is drought-tolerant and can thrive in any soil provided that it is well-draining. Vince is also a low-maintenance plant, so they are perfect for the gardener who does not have a lot of time to spend in the garden. Vince comes in many shades of pinks, mauves, and whites and blooms abundantly throughout the summer.

Lantana

Lantana is a showy, drought-tolerant woody annual with clusters of beautiful flowers that come in mixed shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. They work well in borders or mass plantings, and their trailing habit makes them prime candidates for hanging baskets or your favorite patio container. Lantana loves the heat, so plant them in well-draining soil and keep them watered regularly during the hottest days.

Lavender

If the soothing fragrance isn’t enough to convince you of the value of lavender in the landscape, perhaps its ease of maintenance will. Hardy perennial lavender is easy to grow and thrives in high heat conditions provided you plant it in well-draining soil. Because of the scent, lavender is also quite pest-resistant, and its blooms are a perfect attraction for pollinators like honey bees and butterflies.

Tropical Hibiscus & Mandevilla

Transform your patio into an oasis of color by adding pots of blooming tropical annuals like Hibiscus or Mandevilla vines. Fill a few ceramic pots with several of these blooming beauties and your patio will become an outdoor living room. These tropicals love the hot sun, but make sure they get ample water to keep them looking their best. We carry each in an array of colors which will provide an incredible show from now until the cold nights of October.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are available in a wide array of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes. The flowers and subsequent seed heads are equally diverse, ranging from “ho-hum” to genuinely spectacular. Most ornamental grasses thrive in the hot, full sun. Many varieties are quite drought-tolerant, though a few can handle wet areas as well. Their adaptability and subtle beauty make them perfect companions to flowering plants and other woody ornamentals.

Coneflowers

Coneflowers are a native perennial to North America and have been a staple plant dating as far back as the Native Americans. However, it wasn’t until recently that coneflowers have been making a resurgence in home gardens. Once only pale pink, coneflowers are now available in a multitude of different varieties that provide a summer seasons’ worth of color year after year. They are also great plants to attract pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and birds love hanging around the large blooms.

Elephant Ears

Native to the warm and humid climate of tropical Southeast Asia, elephant ears are a showstopper in the garden. Varieties of elephant ears can reach anywhere from 6 to 10 feet in height, with massive sized leaves that give them their name. While Elephant Ears enjoy the hot and humid weather from our summers, they don’t enjoy direct sunlight. A shaded area or one that contains filtered sunlight is an ideal place to plant them.

SunPatiens

Have you ever wanted the elegant beauty of flowering impatiens or New Guinea impatiens, but the sun in your garden makes it impossible? SunPatiens are for you! SunPatiens have the same look of classic New Guinea impatiens but are grown with stronger foliage and thicker bloom petals to withstand high heat, sun, and disease. They make a great addition to any summer flower bed.

14 thoughts on “8 Great Plants That Like It Hot!

  1. great information – both flowering vinca and sunpatients have been outstanding in the sun. They are strong and vigorous. New Guinea impatients are so much weaker. THANKS

  2. I love lavender, but have not had much luck with it. I have tried to plant it in a pot and in the flower bed, but it did not make it either. Any ideas?

  3. I’ve struggled with lavender myself over the years, and I found that I was getting it too much water. Lavender tends to like to dry out quite a bit, and any conditions where it might be sitting in moisture for extended periods can be troublesome. If you do try to plant it again, make sure that it is in a very sunny area (6 to 8 hours) where water doesn’t collect. If you plant them in pots, let the soil dry out a bit in between waterings.

  4. I have planted vincas here in the mid-Atlantic (6B) and more south, in USDA hardiness zone 7B. They are great in hot, dry flowerbeds. My experience has been that you should not plant them before May because, if you do, the cold weather stunts their later growth and they don’t flower out as fully.
    I would also add nasturtiums to the list of plants that like it hot, noting that in this location, my nasturtiums have always attracted bugs once they are mature and their stems are starting to get leggy.

  5. Nasturtiums are a good addition, Lisa. I’ve always had the bug and legginess problems that you mention, so I’ve tended to avoid them, but they are great for those extra hot and sunny areas.

  6. My favorite annuals are petunias, but they are all dying from the heat. Growing up in the 60s we never had this problem. I’m going to replace all the petunias with vinca. Hope you’ve got lots of them!

  7. I have been disappointed for 3 years w/my hydrangea bushes, no flowers but lots of beautiful leaves. When should I prune them?

  8. It depends on what variety of hydrangea you have, as certain types can bloom on old wood or new wood. A good rule is if it’s a blue hydrangea, it’s best to prune it in the summer right after they’ve finished blooming. If your hydrangea is a newer variety such as Limelight or one of the “snowball” hydrangeas like Annabelle, you should prune in late winter/early spring before the plant begins growing again.

  9. Thank you for responding. My bill from 10/30/14 , no. 14107223 says I have (2) Endless Summer and (2) Penny Mac. Right now I have 1 blue flower and all leaves. When do I cut them and how far down should I cut?

  10. Penny Macs will bloom on old wood, so they should be pruned soon. Endless Summer blooms on both old and new, so you have a bit of leeway there. I would suggest for both to prune them now, or once your one blue flower begins to fade out. As for how far to cut back, I would prune as much as needed to clean then up and shape them how you see fit. You can even cut out some of the older woody canes to help with better blooming. The hydrangeas will start setting their buds once it gets cooler, so avoid any pruning once September sets in or you will prune off your blooms for next spring.

  11. Thanks again, I hope this works. I’ve been disappointed ever since I bought them. I did no trimming for the past 2 years hoping something would happen but nothing did. I will prune them this week.

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