Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

April 22, 2020

Summer is around the corner, and you’ll probably want to spend your time outdoors to enjoy Utah’s hot temperatures. Fortunately, you can make your garden as colorful, vibrant, and lush as your springtime landscape.

Find out which plants can beat the heat. 

Not All Plants Are Heat Tolerant

Most plants depend on transpiration (water loss due to evaporation) to remain cool; this is why it’s essential to water your plants multiple times a day when it’s hot. If your plants can’t cool down, most of their cellular membranes and proteins may die out. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have time to water your plants frequently, so we recommend you stick to heat-tolerant ones.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss four different plants that can handle scorching weather and make your garden stand out.

1. Lantanas

Lantanas are native to the tropics, so they love hot and humid weather. These plants grow best in well-drained, moist soil, but they can withstand a drought. Not only do they thrive in the sun, but they bloom year-round in clusters of red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. These flowers are perfect for plating around the perimeters of vegetable gardens because hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies won’t damage them. We recommend you place them next to plants that need pollination, such as melons and squash. 

2. Cosmos

Cosmos are tall, beautiful annuals native to Mexico, so they’re familiar with excessive heat and drought. If you want to add more color to your space and not have to worry about maintenance, you can’t go wrong with cosmos. Consider planting them if you have a desert garden with low soil levels. You may be surprised to learn this, but fertile soil can weaken these plants, making them floppy. We recommend you plant these in flower beds you haven’t used in a while. 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are usually at the top of every ideal warm-weather flower list, and for a good reason: they’re a classic container and bedding plant. These plants are popular because they’re easy to grow, come in cheerful orange and yellow tones, and flourish in the summer. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil and in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Remember to water them at the root and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.

4. Salvias

Salvias, also known as sages, are long-blooming plants that are simple to grow and are low-maintenance. These plants hail from Mediterranean countries, so they’re heat-tolerant and fine with minimal summer watering. You’ll also be pleased to learn they’re deer-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about hungry fawn approaching them. The most radiant salvias contain masses of blue or purple flowers that can bloom all summer long and attract pollinators. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know some of the plants that love the sun, you can start preparing your garden for the summer. You’ll need to practice lawn care and pest control to get the most out of your garden. All Green Pest Control can do the work for you, as we’re experts at weeding, fertilizing, seeding, trimming, pest control, and more. We serve Provo and all areas along the Wasatch Front. Request a quote today