Anyone that lives in the South knows the weather can reach up into the 100s during its warm seasons. While the sunny weather may be welcomed by most after a cold and damp winter, sometimes the hot climate can take a toll on our plants and flowers. Some bedding plants simply don”t have the stamina or heat tolerance to continue to bloom throughout this growing season. However, there are many perennials and annuals that flourish in the sultry spring or summer seasons.
Here”s a list of our top heat seekers:
- Cosmos: This flower blooms twice a year and only once in a season. It comes in solid pink, white, maroon and pink with deep pink flares and can be grown successfully in all regions.
- Black-Eyed Susans: This flower can grow over three feet tall in open woods, gardens, fields and roadsides. They grow quickly in just about any kind of soil.
- Roses: A flower that has been around for centuries offers more than 1000 hybrid varieties in the world today.
- Four O” Clocks: #A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers of different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant. The flowers usually open from late afternoon onwards and then produce a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance.
- Hibiscus: This species is grown for their showy flowers and are used to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
- Marigolds: These flowers are great for cheering up any garden and come in different colors, yellow and orange being the most common.
- Salvia: This plant is in the mint family and produces a showy display with flower colors ranging from blue to red, white to yellow.
- Periwinkles: The periwinkle plant has blue, purple or white flowers paired with dark, glossy leaves and is a fast-growing crawling vine that will quickly cover trouble spots in your garden.
- Impatiens:#These flowers are abundant in garden centers all over America and bring a wide variety of color to areas traditionally reserved for large, green ferns and hostas.
- Begonias: These versatile flowers are commonly found as indoor houseplants, in flower beds, as container plants and in house baskets. Begonias come in a variety of colors, including pink, yellow, salmon, red and white.
- #Sunflowers: There are more than 60 different species of sunflowers and the plant can grow from 3 to 10 feet tall. Each sunflower head can produce over 1,000 seeds.
- Zinnias: This flower comes in nearly every color and is easy to care for. They are a favorite of butterflies.
Also remember plants need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week to survive the heat, and a substantial layer of organic mulch can help control weeds, preserve soil moisture and moderate soil temperature.