The Most Durable, Heat-Resistant Summer Flowers
- February 16, 2016
With summer comes heat, sun, and drought. And while you might love to soak up the sun, many summer flowers aren’t equipped to handle the heat. Whether you’re in California or Upstate New York, those summer scorchers can be rough on your garden. Which summer flowers are made to handle the heat? Let’s take a look at the most durable, heat-resistant summer flowers.
African daisy (Arctotis): African daisies, as the name suggests, originated in hot climates of southern Africa, so they are bred for heat. They grow quite quickly, and two plants can easily cover an entire flowerbed. They flower between mid-summer and the first frost and come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, orange, yellow, and red.
Baby’s breath: This perennial is drought resistant, meaning that it will come back year after year even in drought conditions. The downside is that while they are longer lived than other types of flowers, they do have a shorter blooming period. Native to Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, they come in several colors.
Moss verbena (Verbena Tenuisecta): Native to South Africa, moss verbena establishes quite easily, even in poor soil conditions or drought. This makes it an ideal drought-resistant ground covering for areas prone to dry, arid conditions.
Sunflowers: Native to North America, these iconic perennials are hardy summer flowers that can withstand heat and sun. They actually grow best in locations that receive somewhere between six and eight hours of direct sunlight every day, and they can typically grow in any kind of soil. As they are native to dry prairie regions, they can also withstand drought with relative ease.
Texas bluebells (Lisianthus/Eustoma): These beautiful tulip-shaped flowers are native to the hot, dry Texas plains and thrive in hot summer nights. They even flower all summer long if old flowers are cut off and come in blue, pink, or white.
Zinnia Elegans: These annual flowering plants are native to the hot Mexican desert. They typically flower between spring and fall and boast a vibrant magenta color. The best part? These gorgeous flowers will attract a range of beautiful birds and butterflies to your garden. Swallowtail butterflies, monarch butterflies, and painted lady butterflies feed on these flowers’ nectar, while sparrows, goldfinches, and other birds eat the zinnias’ seeds and hummingbirds feed on the tiny insects that inhabit the flowers.
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