Baby, It's Hot Outside!

By Kerry Ann Mendez

August weather can be a scorcher. While we can seek relief within air conditioned buildings, full sun gardens are at the mercy of the sun's intensity. Excessive heat can also be reflected from fabricated surfaces such as a driveway, sidewalk or patio.

Thankfully there are some "desert-lovers" that tolerate extreme sun and heat as well as dry soil. Below are some perennials and shrubs that stand up to the abuse. However, even these plants will benefit from 2-3" of mulch to conserve moisture and modify soil temperature swings around the roots.

Perennials

Achillea

Yarrow
(Achillea)

Hemerocallis

Daylily
(Hemerocallis)

Lavandula

Lavender
(Lavandula)

Nepeta

Catmint
(Nepeta)

Sempervivum

Hen & Chicks
(Sempervivum)

Delosperma

Ice Plant
(Delosperma)

Echinacea

Coneflower
(Echinacea)

Perovskia

Russian Sage
(Perovskia)

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses

Baptisia

False Indigo
(Baptisia)

Salvia

Sage
(Salvia)

Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangea

Panicle Hydrangea
(Hydrangea paniculata)

Potentilla

Potentilla

Spiraea

Spirea

Caryopteris

Blue Mist Shrub
(Caryopteris)

Buddleia

Butterfly Bush
(Buddleia)

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
(Chaenomeles)

Buddleia

Beach Roses
(Rosa rugosa)

These are just some of the many problem solvers for intense sun and heat available at Estabrook's. Visit us to browse the full selection!

Kerry Ann Mendez
KERRY ANN MENDEZ is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Her latest book is The Budget-Wise Gardener. You'll now find her at Estabrook's consulting on garden design, answering your gardening questions and much more.