12 Garden Plants Made to Withstand the Summer Heat

With summer’s scorching temperatures peaking, it can be difficult to keep your garden lush and green with colorful blossoms. A hot summer can decimate a well-tended garden and dry conditions in summer heat is a difficult problem to conquer. However, that is probably just because you haven’t planned ahead and planted florals that can stand the high heat of summer.

But you can easily change that. Drought tolerant plants are indispensable, especially to those living in the South across the country, from Georgia to California. Here are 12 plants that will look gorgeous in your garden even when rain fall is scarce and the heat is relentless.

1. Black Eyed Susan

Add life to your back porch by potting some cheerful Black-Eyed Susans. Their unique shape that looks almost like a wilted sunflower is beautiful in its own right, and it can add character to any porch pot or flower arrangement. Not to mention, they thrive in the sunshine.

Black-Eyed Susans prove that you don’t have to sacrifice green leaves when picking late summer plants for your flower beds. Their yellow flowers add happiness to any garden.

2. Gerber Daisy

Gerber daisies are a classic because they always look so friendly. Therefore, if you plant a few, you can introduce some summertime happiness into your garden with these heat-loving flowers.

Even Kathleen Kelly loves them!

In all seriousness, garden centers forever promote Gerber daisies as hardy and heat-resistant because they thrive in well-drained soil. While not ideal for rock gardens, they are perfect for large containers.

Whether you’re pining for pink, yellow, or blue flowers, Gerbers are your best bet. If you’re not wild about the colors and want simpler white flowers, you can always find white Gerber daisy varieties.

3. ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus

Dianthus is actually part of the carnation family, which is full of hearty florals that peak in hot weather. ‘Green Trick,’ in particular, is extremely heat resistant, which is what it makes it so popular for summer bouquets.

4. Hellebores

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These flowers are foliage plants that are incredibly low maintenance for the beauty they provide. All you have to do is stick a few in the ground and you will be surprised at how easily they grow in the summertime heat.

Their colorful blooms might even surprise you when you need it most. Their vaguely tropical look is what makes these flowering plants to popular.

5. Liatris

Liatris is a great choice for Southern gardens because it can take the scorching sun. Besides, adding some to your garden adds a strong vertical element that you can later cut off and add to your at-home bouquets. 

6. Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller is a heather gray, velvety leaf that works as a contrasting background against brighter blooms. They also provide excellent ground cover for your garden when the sun can cause damage to plant roots fast.

Put some in your garden to make your colors pop as well as protect the ground from absorbing direct sunlight which can heat up plant roots.

7. Viburnum

Viburnum is an easy-to-grow, heat-tolerant plant that will perk up any garden. Plus, they look beautiful in a vase.

Consider this is one bloom you can plant indoors if you want, or just bring cut flowers inside when you want a bright, good thing sitting at the center of your table.

8. Magnolia

Magnolia trees are renowned in the South for the shade they throw over the heat-strapped land. But besides providing relief to the weary, these trees also produce elegant blossoms that are heat-resistant and are emblematic of the region.

9. Agapanthus

Slim and regal, Agapanthus produce bell shaped clusters of flowers that top long, willowy stems. These showy flowers are great if you want to add some layers and height variety to your bouquets.

10. Lantana

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Lantana loves the triple-digit heat. Not only that, but it requires little water and yet still blooms throughout the summer. With a wide variety of sizes and colors, you can plant these blooms throughout your garden without risking a monotonous landscape.

Plus, lantana attracts the best garden feature around: butterflies.

11. Mealycup Sage

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Native to southern New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, these flowers are meant for harsh climates. With a color gradient ranging from deep violet to white, these densely flowered plants are a beautiful addition to any garden. 

And just like other members of the sage family, mealycup sage is generally pest free.

12. Cacti

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This is the obvious drought and heat-resistant plant. However, don’t think that cacti are boring, spiny options for your garden. Far from it.

There are many varieties that offer colorful blooms that can be just as pretty as more conventional, non-succulent options.

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