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We Beat the Heat: 7 Summer Loving Annuals

Well, the dog days of summer are upon us! Temperatures are heating up, and no matter where you live and garden, the summer heat and dry weather can be a challenge. If some of your plants are starting to look a little tired, now is the time to replace them with annuals that will tolerate the hot, dry summer — even thrive in the sun and heat*. Choose from our list of heat tolerant annuals below to give you “the biggest bang for your buck” with beautiful blooms right up until frost.

1. Angelonia (a.k.a. Summer Snapdragon)

2. Celosia (Plume type blooms)

3. Lantana (Clusters of flowers in many colors)

4. Pentas (a.k.a. Egyptian Stars)

5. Portulaca (a.k.a. Moss Rose; flowers open with the morning sun and close at night)

6. Purslane (Flowers open with the morning sun and close at night)

7. Vinca (An artist palette of color in large blossoms)

When planting in this hot weather keep these tips in mind:

1) Start with healthy plants.

2) Use potting soil that will drain well.

3) When you water, do so thoroughly.

4) Fertilize on a regular basis.

5) Pinch off spent blooms to encourage new ones.

* Please note: Though these annuals are heat and drought tolerant, they will rely on you to help them get established.

by Marian Parsley, Seasonal Plants Buyer

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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