When summer’s in full swing and the temperatures are steamy, you need plants that not only withstand the heat but actually thrive in it. While some plants such as pansies, violas and lobelia have long-since faded in your summer garden, many other hardy annuals and perennials bloom gloriously during the hottest days of summer. When planting perennials or shrubs, make sure they’ll survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). And don’t forget to keep your plants watered; Even the most heat tolerant plants need a drink if it hasn’t rained in a week or so. Keep an especially close eye on pots and hanging baskets, which tend to dry out fast and may need water more than once a day during a heat wave.
If your garden’s starting to look sad and scraggly, plant these heat-loving plants that will bloom until frost: