It seems like everyone has a spot that really cooks in the summer. You know, that west facing wall of the garage or the baking bed along the south side of the house. Add drought to the mix and ornamental planting choices start to shrink quickly. But fear not, many waterwise landscape plants welcome the dry heat of these microclimates. With the right choice of plants, one can use this little piece of the Sahara to their advantage. Here are a couple hints for establishing plants in sites that generate a lot of heat.
- Don’t plant in the heat of summer. Plant in early spring or fall allowing plants to establish their root systems before the heat of summer.
- Incorporate water absorbing crystals like Soil Moist into the back fill of the planting hole then water your new plants regularly for the first growing season.
- Use a 2 to 3- inches layer of fertile mulch to cool the soil and retain moisture.
Some stunning drought tolerant landscape plants worth checking out are:
- Brachyglotis greyi ‘Sunshine’
- Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’
Griffith’s Spurge ‘Fireglow’
- Lavendula angustifolia ‘Vera’
- Salvia guaranitica ‘Balack and Blue’
Blue Anise Sage
Not only do some of these plants love heat, they are also wonderfully fragrant and will perfume the surrounding air. So, as they say, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. Enjoy the results!