With the heat of summer and drought, many home gardeners may despair that their pretty blooms are a thing of the past. Choosing drought-tolerant plants that will survive even when the temperature soars and the rain gauge stays empty can keep your landscape colorful. Check out a few of these favorite plants I have in my own gardens and plan to keep your own yard and garden looking pretty despite the heat.
Lavender — Lavender is one of the best plants you can have in your garden because it is so hardy and versatile. It is fragrant and beautiful and works well in cut bouquets and as a dried flower. Dried flowers can be used in crafts and home projects and the scent is heavenly. Lavender doesn’t like soil that is too wet and prefers full sun so most conditions are favorable for this plant. Lavender can grow to a height of three feet.
Yarrow — Yarrow is a favorite and a staple for many gardeners because it is so easy to grow even in the worst conditions. This plant is very hardy even when it’s hot and dry and the flowers are great in cut bouquets and they are wonderful as dried flowers. Grow in well-drained soil and full sun and some varieties can reach a height of four feet.
Meadow Sage (Salvia) — This is a great, easy-to-grow perennial that looks great even when the weather is too hot and dry for many other flowers. Grow salvia in full sun and well-drained soil. The plants can reach a height of about 28 inches and the flowers will bloom all the way until early fall.
Purple Coneflower — This gorgeous perennial will attract plenty of wildlife to your garden. Birds, butterflies and bees will love to visit this pretty plant and it will thrive despite the heat and dry conditions. Coneflowers can grow to a height of five feet in certain conditions and the colorful blooms will be pretty all summer long. Grow this flower in well-drained soil and full sun.
Sedum — All varieties of sedum are a wonderful addition to any garden but if you’re looking for a beautiful plant that will thrive even if the weather is hot and dry, sedum is a great choice. Sedum has gorgeous blooms but the greenery of this perennial is just as pretty and is a must for any landscape. Sedum grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Most sedum plants will grow to a height of about 18 inches. The great thing about sedum is that it propagates easily — you can break off a leaf or stem, stick it into the soil and it will take root.