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Flowers That Beat The Summer Heat (Or Thrive In It!)

One thing is for certain this year, this summer is going to be hot! When deciding what plants to put in your garden, we often don’t think about which plants will do best in the sun or the extreme heat that the depths of summer can bring. Well, in case you have ever found yourself with a wilting, burned, or struggling garden devastated by the summer heat, then you may want to add some of these tough flowers and plants to your garden this year or next year. These flowers will stand up to the toughest summer heat and may even thrive in it! Here’s our guide to finding flowers for your garden that will resist the summer’s heat. And, the best part is that most of these are incredibly low maintenance.

Echinacea AKA Coneflowers

These medicinal flowers are a delight to have around and are tough as nails to boot. They tend to attract pollinators, butterflies, and even some bird species. They thrive in a hot and low water environment and are incredibly simple to plant and maintain.


These are worth planting for their smell alone! But, it also happens that lavender is incredibly hardy and tends to do well in dry, rocky environments like the high desert of Idaho. Don’t water them too much and just let them do their thing. Try to plant them around gravel or rocky soil and watch them go!

Egyptian Star Cluster

They come in several intoxicating colors and can grow surprisingly tall at over 2 feet. Egyptian Star Clusters can make an excellent addition to your summer garden and they even tend to last through the end of summer into fall until the first frost.

Sábila AKA Aloe Vera

While not technically a flower, Aloe is a great addition to your garden, especially if you need a patch of green to round things out. It tends to like high PH soil in the 7-8 range and can absolutely just be right out in the middle of the garden in full sun.


Lantana can take full sun and then some. Just make sure that it’s in well draining soil and doesn’t get watered too much. This makes an excellent choice for raised beds or smaller boxes too due to its small root system.


These may not be the most heat resistant of the bunch, but they can be hearty if taken care of correctly. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes and can add personality and fun to any garden. Dahlias can even bloom and thrive late into the season and can keep your garden looking beautiful long into October.

In Conclusion

We hope that today’s guide will help you be better prepared to tackle all of your heat tolerant garden needs this year. Enjoy your summer! Remember, no matter the time of year, there is always something fun to do around Boise and Meridian. I am happy to help with any questions about home and garden, buying, selling, real estate, and beyond! Give me a call today, I’d love to hear from you.

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