The hot days of summer are perfect for ice-cold lemonade, trips to the pool, and eating a big bowl of ice cream. But, the lazy summer days that we love so much aren’t always so kind to our plants - flowers tend to wilt and get burned by the intense sun, and if you live in a hot climate it can be particularly challenging to find beautiful flowers that can stand the heat.
There are a few precautions you can take that will, as a rule, help your plants survive the hottest days of the year. Here are three quick tips for helping your plants survive the summer, along with ideas for 10 different flowers you can plant this year that are drought and heat-tolerant.
Three Quick Tips for Summer Plant Care
- Watering every few days with a deep soak is preferable to a shallow watering every day. Plants do better when the water is allowed to fully penetrate down to the roots, so spend a little extra time giving your plants a more thorough watering, and keep a close eye on how moist the soil feels to know when you need to do it again!
When it’s particularly hot outside, you’ll want to try to water early in the morning or at dusk when the sun isn’t quite as intense. The water will burn off much faster if you water during the heat of day (and can burn any leaves that get water on them), so you’ll get more bang for your buck if you cross watering off your to-do list first thing in the morning.
Finally, don’t forget to mulch! Adding 2-3 inches of mulch in all of your flower beds will help retain moisture in the soil and reduce the amount of time you have to spend watering. In addition, it helps keep your plants’ roots nice and cool when the sun is burning bright.
Flowers That Do Well in Hot Climates
And now, a quick list of 10 flowers that perform particularly well when it’s blazing hot outside. Note: Click on each plant for a little more information about what it looks like, along with tips for growing it!
What are your favorite heat-tolerant plants?