Color Up Your garden with these Heat-Loving Plants

Gary Jones

Thu July 7, 2016 11:38am

Common Salvia

Summer is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to enjoy our beautiful gardens. Although we may look forward to warmer weather, many times our plants do not like the sun as much as we do. Fortunately, there are some plants that can enjoy and thrive in the heat.
Plants need nutrients to produce blooms. To keep the color bright and season-long, feed your plants monthly with organic bloom food. Water as needed but don’t over water. When the plants are established, their roots will actually be more drought-resistant and require less water. Last but not least, use mulch around your plants to keep them moist longer.
The following plants will help you create a colorful garden for the summer:

From rich purple, cranberry red, pumpkin orange and ivory white, daylilies will bring season-long color to your home. Daylilies are perfect for Southern California weather since they thrive in extreme heat as well as partial shade. The roots are drought-tolerant, but will look even better if watered weekly.

The colorful plants are very easy to care for. Coneflowers grow better in full sun and will bring you vivid red, hot pink, purple and bright yellow colors. Butterflies absolutely love coneflowers and will visit your garden more often.

Sage or salvia comes in a wide variety of sizes from 2 to 6 feet tall. Salvia’s bloom period is very long and provides colorful flowers. Plant them in full sun and, once established in your garden, they will require little water.
Lavender is not only colorful but its leaves will also bring a wonderful scent to your garden. Lavender is a great waterwise plant and very easy to care for. Cut fresh lavender to enjoy in the house in a bouquet or to use in the kitchen or bath.

Don’t be scared of planting vinca anymore. Vinca was once subject to fungus, but it is no longer a great concern as the Cora variety is immune. Now they bring non-stop flowers and are very resistant in dry, hot areas.
Gary Jones is the chief horticulturist at Armstrong Garden Centers. Email him your gardening questions to or contact your local Armstrong Garden Centers.