Tulips and daffodils are a great way to celebrate the spring, but what to plant for those sultry, hot months of July and August? High summer is tough on gardeners and plants alike. If your summer season includes temperatures that leave you and your garden gasping, check out the 6 best plants for summer listed below.
1) Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses come in a variety of colors and textures. Once they’re established, many of these versatile plants will over-winter. Take care not to crowd them. They get wider as they grow, so leave plenty of space around the base of the plant.
When everything in your garden is ready to give up, your canna will be going strong. Even if they’re not blooming, these tall, striking plants offer a great backdrop to other plants and are a great addition to narrow gardens against the outer wall of your house or garage.
Daylilies are easy to grow and easy to split, so a single investment can provide you with plants for years. While the most common daylilies have lovely yellow flowers, you can find daylilies in a variety of colors. Take care; this is a plant habit that can become an obsession!
4) Black-Eyed Susan
When August heat turns every yard into a sauna, your cheerful Black-Eyed Susans will be proudly blooming. This plant is hardy and will spread its root system into all available spaces. To keep it contained, consider planting this in old cracked pots or in plastic containers that have had the bottoms cut off to contain the root systems.
Pretty purple and white lobelia will tolerate the warmest days and look especially lovely along the edge of flower pots. Keep them well watered to protect against scorching heat. Best of all, these little gems are a great way to draw bees to your garden!
Coneflowers are easy to grow and will self-seed. If you notice them getting out of hand, the new growth can be easily pulled out after watering. Take care to wear your gloves when weeding your coneflower bed. The leaves and stem can be spiky and may cause skin irritation.
No matter how hot your summer gets, there are plants that will provide you with blooms through to the fall. Take care to start these plants early to give them a strong root system to tolerate the brutal heat of summer.