No one wants a brown flower bed. To keep your garden full of color, you need blooms that can beat the heat! By selecting the right plants for my climate, I don’t have to work as hard to keep the garden looking good during the dog days of summer. These plants will survive the heat and produce colorful blooms or foliage with staying power up to and, in some cases, even through the fall.
5 Heat Tolerant Plants for Color in Late Summer and Fall
Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena) – I love these little pom-pom flowers! Not only are they tough in the heat and attract butterflies, but they also make great cut or dried flowers. There are plenty of colors to choose from, and you’ll have blooms until the first frost.
Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum) – Just when it looks like summer’s heat has convinced every flower in my garden to close up shop, I am never surprised to see ageratum in full bloom. This little annual produces soft blue flowers from spring through the first hard freeze, so I can rely on the staying power of its color in my borders.
Coleus – Coleus is so striking! There are so many color and texture variations to choose from, and they are a good option for sun or shade.
Sedum – Sedums are a classic choice for low water gardens and come in both spreading and upright forms. They put on a spectacular autumn show with abundant blooms.
Heuchera – You’ll be amazed at the variety of color and patterns available with such an easy care plant. I love that it’s a native plant, and I’ve used just about every color you could imagine, from chartreuse to ones that appear almost black.