We hear it's going to be one hot summer, people. Prepare your garden for the temps to come by choosing flowers that are super tolerant of extreme heat, harsh sunlight and dry soil.
Also known as Pentas, this tropical plant can handle the heat, because it's native to Africa, Arabia and Madagascar. Sure, they'll tolerate light shade, but they bloom most heavily when exposed to full sun.
A flower native to Mexico, this plant doesn't only deal well in the heat, it needs it: First, you should make sure the soil is warm before you plant the seeds, then you should use warm water to care for it.
This tubular flowering plant thrives in the western United States and Mexico, because it does best when in full sun and well-draining soil. Even better: They come in different colors, so you can plant a variety in your garden.
Keep your sunlight-heavy garden areas lush with these plants that take on a bush-like characteristic when spread out over land. Pro tip: They're more heat tolerant the healthier they are, so keep a close eye on them leading up to the hottest months.
This succulent plant is tolerant of dry and hot conditions, which is why it's also a popular choice for rock garden. This is something to keep in mind if the heat turns your grass and other plants brown and you're looking for an alternative solution.
When grown in the wild, this drought-tolerant, sun-lover crops up in sandy or limestone soils in dry grasslands. In your backyard, that translates to you planting them in places where your other, more precious, flowers can't handle.
When it comes to hardiness, these purple stalks are fierce. They're in the five to nine zone (according to the USDA) when grown solo or three to four with mulch. If you want these plants to thrive and grow between one- to five-feet-tall, plant them in full sunlight.
As a native to tropical environments, this flower prefers full sun and moist, but well-drained and slightly acidic, soil. And if simply being a truly easy-to-care-for plant doesn't convince you, this one also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!
If you travel a lot, these sun-friendly shrubs are a life-saver. Why? You only have to water them during dry periods and if you surround them with mulch, it'll obtain moisture that can extend how long you can go between waterings.
Want to add pops of color to your garden this summer? You can't go wrong with these beauties since they thrive in the sunniest locations. They are extremely easy to grow and will attract bees and butterflies.