With the heat of summer coming on, there are some plants that just can't hang but we have a list of 8 plants that not only LOVE the heat, they look amazing in it.

8 Heat Loving Plants


1. Lavender

You may know lavender by its scent, but that’s only one of this herb’s endearing qualities. Lavender plant is easy to grow, it thrives in heat and well-draining soil, requires little in the way of pest control, fertilizer, and, once established, is water-wise. Its scent is soothing, which is why its essential oil is a prized ingredient in many aromatherapy products, such as lotions and candles. And you can even cook with lavender flowers. Varieties Include: English Lavender - Lavendula angustifolia, Lavendula Meerlo Sunset (a beautiful variegated variety), Low H20 Lavender, Thumbelina Leigh, Goodwin Creek Gray and more. Selection may vary by location.

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2. Hibiscus

If you're looking for stunning tropical flowers, Hibiscus is for you. It thrives in well-drained, enriched soils with neutral to slightly acidic pH. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring. Varieties Include: Crown of Bohemia, The Path, Red Dragon, Fiesta, Erin Rachel, Fullmoon and more. Selection may vary by location.


3. Cordylines

Thrives in average to enriched, well-drained soils. Water regularly during first growing season to develop an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought when established in mild coastal settings; water container plants when soil surface becomes dry. Likely root hardy to 15°F. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Varieties Include: Electric Flash, Electric Pink, Electric Star, Festival Grass, Pink Passion and more. Selection may vary by location.

Ornamental Grasses

4. Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses add a special touch to the garden. The fine, upright foliage of taller deciduous kinds ripples in the slightest breeze. Shorter kinds ― both evergreen and deciduous ― fill in nicely among other plants, either forming small clumps or spreading over a wider area. Hundreds of choices are available; the two below are manageable in size and easy to grow. Varieties Include: Low H2O Grass, Liriope Royal Purple, Dianella Cae Cassa Blue, Lomandra Platinum Beauty Sunset, Festuca Glauca and more.Selection may vary by location.


5. Lantana

A showy, heat and drought tolerant shrub with large, bright colors of flower clusters. The tidy, mounded, trailing habit works well for borders, containers, or mass plantings. Produces virtually no seeds, saving energy for a constant show of blooms. Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; water potted plants when soil surface becomes dry.


6. Sage

This hardy, heat and drought tolerant selection has an improved, sturdy, compact form that does not flop over in the landscape! Lavender-blue flower sprays enhance its aromatic, deer resistant foliage. A colorful, easy care choice for an accent, border or mass planting. Deciduous.

Easily grown in average to lean, fast-draining soils. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize in early spring and prune to within several inches above the ground to promote dense growth and heavy bloom.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.

Basil and Rosemary

7. Basil and Rosemary

If you struggle to grow basil, try growing it now. Basil does great in the heat and is one of the very best herbs for all kinds of salads, italian dishes and even drinks. Rosemary definitely has it's place in dishes but it simply looks incredible and smells great in your landscape.


8. Bougainvillea

A wonderful compact, upright and spreading form that works well in planter boxes, and on fences and arbors. Colorful waterwise vine that loves full sun. It can be grown in a container with support or allowed to drape over the side for an exotic look. Plant on banks and slopes for an avalanche of color or allow to drape over the edge of retaining walls. The two Bougainvilleas pictured are Monrovia's Purple Queen® Bougainvillea (photo credit: Doreen Wynja) and Monrovia's Rosenka Bougainvillea (photo credit: David Fenton)

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Sources: Monrovia.com and Sunset.com