Yes, cactus and succulents do beat the heat, and very welcome are the many new varieties of these garden work horses.
But there are many heat-tolerant plants that don't look like they've been cultivated in a desert! That's the case for this list of mountain plants that thrive as well as cacti in blistering heat and low-water situations.
Planting these beauties in your garden will make your gardening tasks less demanding and as a result your summer will be much more enjoyable. These plants love the heat so much that they prefer a summer planting; so now is a good time to dress up a dull garden.
Beat the Heat with These Ornamental Plants
Coral bells aka Heuchera
Yarrow aka Achillea
Red Hot Poker aka I
Dusty Miller aka Senecio ceneraria
Coneflower aka Echinacea
Pincushion aka Leucospermum
Butterfly bush aka Buddleia
Cotoneaster both tall and ground cover varieties
Apache Plume aka Fallugia
Autumn Sage aka Salvia
Crape Myrtle aka Lagerstroemia
Rose of Sharon aka Hibiscus
Silver Berry aka Elaeagnus
Junipers aka Juniperus
Red bark Manzanita aka Arctostaphylos
Redbud tree aka Cercis occidentalis
Desert Willow aka Chilopsis
Raywood Ash aka Fraxinus
Purple Robe Locust aka Robinia
Chitalpa aka Russian orchid tree
Prescott Courthouse Elm aka Princeton Elm
Purple Fountain Grass aka Pennisetum
Feather Grass aka Stipa
Side Oats aka Chasmanthium
Reed grass aka Calamagrostis
Blue fescue aka Festuca
Silver grass aka Miscanthus
Tips for planting and establishing a heat-loving garden
Ensure your plants perform their very best by choosing a hot location and adding plenty of Watters' Premium Mulch to the garden soil to increase the drainage essential to these heat lovers. Water as needed while your new plants are establishing - but don't overwater. Plants that are establishing with less frequent but deeper irrigation develop stronger root systems more capable of finding water when the supply is low.
Top dress with a 2-3" layer of additional mulch to keep plant roots cool, to shade the ground from sunburn, to prevent weeds, and to retain moisture longer. Watters' Premium Mulch is a sure game changer for your summer plants.
Stop by and let us help you get started. We can help you to handpick from our favorite heat-lovers and to determine the perfect spot to plant them in your landscape. Also, the next time you are in Watters we welcome you asking for our Free Planting and Water Guides.
July Gardening Classes
July 8 – Containers that Bloom like Crazy! After the first 15 minutes of this class, you'll have what it takes to design great container gardens that sparkle in the afternoon heat. Learn about proper watering, the best foods, companion plants, and more. Everyone is going to comment on your potted success after this class.
July 15 - Attract Birds, Bees & Butterflies – Monarchs, Swallowtails, and bees are in trouble, but we can help! This class goes into all the details of how to help the local natives. Because they like so many of the same plants, hummingbirds are simply a bonus to this class. Learn the best local trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses that naturally bring the best wildlife.
July 22 – Perennial Flowers with Impressive Blooms July rains make this the ideal month to plant perennials in the garden. Students learn how to design for a continual four season bloom. Notable mentions will be our local native bloomers.
July 29 - Easy Grow Roses – There are so many different roses to choose from--more than your grandmother ever knew about! Learn the difference between hybrid tea, floribunda, shrub, carpet and so much more. Talking points include the best rose varieties, care, and placement for non-stop blooms. Free to local gardeners that want more fragrance & color in the yard.
Until next week, I'll be helping gardeners with heat loving plants here at Watters Garden Center.
Ken Lain can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contacted through his web site at WattersGardenCenter.com or FB.com/WattersGardenCenter