The temperature has already hit 85 (and that was not long after it was freezing). So here we are, probably facing another long, hot summer. I am hopeful that there will be rain to help us out and mitigate the heat.
But even with rain, it is important to select plants for flower beds that will hold up through the inevitable heat. Fortunately, many good choices are in garden centers, including some of the most popular and beautiful.
These plants – including bedding begonias, cannas, gazania, lantana, zinnias and cosmos – all possess the strength and stamina to carry them through the summer. You may have seen cannas growing in the medians of interstate highways. Surely that is a test of strength.
Most of these hot-weather beauties originated in very hot regions of the world, where tolerance of heat was important for survival and reproduction of the species.
The roots of cannas are hardy, as are those of some lantanas, the best-known being Miss Huff. But most of these plants do not survive our typical winter. They make up for that with a long season of bloom through the warmest months.
Three popular choices lead my list in this category.
While these are all tolerant of high summer heat, they benefit from getting in the ground in early to mid-May, where the roots can grow and get well-established and comfy before the heat hits. And we know it will.