Beat the heat
with the right plants

Sometimes summer is so hot and humid that just standing still is enough to make you sweat. You may head for the AC inside but fortunately,there are plants that don’t mind this withering weather. In fact, they thrive in it! Click ahead to meet the plants in this heat-loving combo.

No-fail combo

This planting at left does best in full sun. It’s OK to let the soil dry out between watering, so this combo is a great choice for an out-of-the-way spot that’s a little harder to get to with the hose.

AArkansas amsonia (Amsonia hubrichtii) Perennial; steel-blue flowers late spring to early summer, yellow-green foliage turns gold in fall; full sun to part shade; 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1

B‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera (Alternanthera dentata) Tender perennial; deep purple foliage all season; full sun; 18 to 36 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

CBox Office Bronze coleus (Solenostemon hybrid) Tender perennial; lavender flowers in late summer, red-orange foliage all season; full sun to part shade; 14 to 24 in. tall, 14 to 16 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 11

DPow Wow® Wildberry coneflower (Echinacea hybrid) Perennial; rose-purple flowers from early summer to fall; full sun; 16 to 20 in. tall, 12 to 16 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1

EHawaiian Flare™ Orange Yellow Blush bidens (Bidens ferulifolia) Tender perennial; yellow flowers from spring to fall; full sun; 12 to 18 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 19 to 1

FMoonlight™ Dark Salmon geranium (Pelargonium hybrid) Tender perennial; salmon flowers from spring to fall; full sun; 10 to 12 in. tall and wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 12 to 1

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