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Heat-Tolerant Plants for Your July Garden

As the summer heat intensifies in July, many gardeners face the challenge of maintaining a lush and vibrant garden. At Nunan’s Garden Center, we understand the importance of choosing plants that can withstand high temperatures and continue to thrive. Not only do we offer a wide selection of heat-tolerant plants, but we also grow many of the plants we sell, ensuring the highest quality for your garden. Here are some of our top picks for heat-tolerant plants that will keep your garden looking beautiful all summer long.

1. Lantana (Lantana camara)

Lantana is a vibrant, low-maintenance plant known for its bright clusters of flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It thrives in full sun and can withstand drought conditions once established. Perfect for borders, containers, or as ground cover, lantana adds a splash of color to any garden.

2. Coneflower (Echinacea spp.)

Coneflowers are not only heat-tolerant but also drought-resistant, making them ideal for summer gardens. Their daisy-like blooms come in a range of colors, including pink, purple, white, and yellow. These hardy perennials are great for attracting pollinators and adding height to your garden beds.

3. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Known for their cheerful yellow petals and dark centers, Black-Eyed Susans are a staple in many gardens. They thrive in full sun and are highly adaptable to various soil types. These perennials are also deer-resistant and make excellent cut flowers.

4. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Zinnias are a gardener’s favorite for their long-lasting blooms and ability to tolerate heat. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, perfect for adding bright, bold accents to your garden. Zinnias prefer full sun and well-drained soil and are excellent for attracting butterflies.

5. Salvia (Salvia spp.)

Salvia, or sage, is a versatile plant that thrives in hot, sunny conditions. With its spiky flowers in shades of blue, purple, red, and white, salvia adds a dramatic touch to any garden. It’s also a magnet for pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.

6. Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Russian Sage is a tough perennial with silvery foliage and delicate lavender-blue flowers. It thrives in full sun and dry, well-drained soil, making it perfect for hot and arid climates. Its airy blooms add a soft, wispy texture to garden borders.

7. Blanket Flower (Gaillardia spp.)

Blanket flowers are known for their vibrant red, yellow, and orange blooms that resemble daisies. These hardy perennials are heat and drought-tolerant, thriving in full sun and well-drained soil. They are also excellent for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.

8. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)

Daylilies are incredibly resilient, making them a great choice for hot summer gardens. They come in a wide range of colors and bloom continuously throughout the season. Daylilies prefer full sun to partial shade and can adapt to various soil conditions.

9. Sedum (Sedum spp.)

Sedums, or stonecrops, are succulent plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions. They come in many shapes and sizes, with fleshy leaves and clusters of star-shaped flowers. Sedums are perfect for rock gardens, borders, and containers.

10. Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Mexican Sunflower is a heat-loving annual that produces bright orange-red flowers. It grows quickly and can reach heights of up to six feet, making it an excellent choice for the back of garden beds or as a focal point. This plant is also a favorite among butterflies and bees.

Tips for Maintaining Your Heat-Tolerant Garden

  • Watering: Deep and infrequent watering helps develop strong root systems. Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Soil Preparation: Ensure your soil is well-drained. Amend heavy clay soils with organic matter to improve drainage.
  • Fertilizing: Use a slow-release fertilizer to provide consistent nutrients throughout the growing season.

By incorporating these heat-tolerant plants into your July garden, you can enjoy a vibrant and resilient landscape even during the hottest months. Visit Nunan’s Garden Center for more tips, advice, and a wide selection of these summer-loving plants. Remember, many of the plants we offer are grown right here, ensuring they are well-suited to our local climate and conditions.

Happy gardening!

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