“Hot Plants” never go out of style

Summer is upon us. With beautiful, hot, sunny days ahead of us, now is a great time to think about investing in some “hot plants!” We’re talking plants that l-o-v-e the extra warm days that come with July and August.

August is a great time to rejuvenate our flowering landscape Annuals. Pruning back stretched tired or leggy annuals and then feeding with a water soluble fertilizer will give them new life. Whether Petunias, Impatiens, Zinnias or the many other flowering annuals we planted back in May, they often need a pruning and a kick in the plants by August. They’ll kick back into gear and produce a new flush of growth and color well into October. Mums and Asters become available starting in August to supplement your rejuvenated annuals for continuous color.

It’s the hot weather favorite Perennials that get me excited in August. On steamy days these hot plants put on a show as both tough and beautiful plants. Be a smarty “plants” and pick from my list because every diverse landscape should have a few of these in the sun.

Here’s some of our favorite hot-weather plants!

Hemerocallis Daylily
Hemerocallis aka Daylily

Succulents such as Sedum
Buddleia Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Butterfly Bush
(Cone Flower)





















Other favorite summer “hotties” include:

  • Agastache (hyssop)
  • Baptisia
  • Buddleia
  • Carex
  • Chives
  • Coreopsis
  • Echinacea
  • Helianthus
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea (panicle)
  • Nepeta
  • Oregano
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Perovskia
  • Roses (shrub landscape own-root roses)
  • Thyme