Annuals For Hot Climates
Annuals add splashes of color to your garden all year long,
but you must choose plants that are suited to your climate in order to have lush thriving flowers.
Many gardeners that have a hot and dry climate to deal with often shy away from colorful annuals as they think they will not do well without constant watering and will require too much maintenance. There are, however, many annals that love just such a climate. The list below is a sample of annuals that can take the heat.
Annuals best suited for hot and dry climates
The annuals below are quite tolerant to dry conditions once a root system is established.
African Daisy (Dimorphotheca)
Annual Vinca (Cataranthus roseus)
Calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
Cosmos (Cosmos species)
Creeping Zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens)
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)
Gaillardia (Gaillardia pulchella)
Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)
Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
Gold Medallion (Melampoddium paludosum)
Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)
Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata)
Spider Flower (Cleome hasslerana)
Verbena (Verbena species)
Zinnia (Zinnia species)
Heat seeking varieties of annuals
The annuals is the list below are generally able to tolerate very hot conditions, but they do usually require additional moisture.
Blue Daze (Evolvulus glomerata)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Cockscomb (Celosia argentea)
Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)
Dahlia (Dahlia species and hybrids)
Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula)
Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana species)
Four o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
Hyacinth Bean Vine (Dolichos lablab)
Joseph’s Coat (Amaranthustricolor)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia)
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea species)
Salvia (Salvia species)
Silk Flower (Abelmoschus manihot)
Starflower (Pentas lanceolata)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
A combination of the varieties of annuals listed above can be great choices for those people living in hot, dry climates. These heat and drought tolerant annuals provide a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures, enough to meet the needs of any gardener.
Even with annuals that like a hot, dry climate, gardening in such conditions can be challenging. Water restrictions can thwart the efforts to provide adequate moisture to your plants so you need to be cognitive of the usual restrictions in your area. No matter what your climate, matching the types of flowers you plant to the climate in which they will be growing is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy garden and a healthy environment.
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Starting Your Annuals Off Properly
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