The cardinal rules of an all-season garden: 1. Plant evergreens to keep things cheery all winter, and 2. Plant loads of colorful flowers for eye candy all summer long. We checked in with our friend Kate Karam (editorial director of Monrovia) for ten happy florals that stand up like champs to scorching hot days.
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Vibe Ignition Purple Salvia
This petite sage plant is heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant and humidity-tolerant as well. Hold your breath until late summer, when the dark purple buds explode into vibrant flowers.
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Zagreb Threadleaf Tickseed
This prolific perennial isn’t nearly as delicate as it looks: The yellow blooms thrive on summer heat and humidity and add wonderful color to a border (or hanging basket) all season long.
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PowWow Wild Berry Coneflower
If you’re looking for a pop of happy pink all season long, these rosy-purple flowers are just the ticket: They’re fade-proof and drought-tolerant, and they thrive well into the fall without deadheading.
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Baby Pete Lily of the Nile
How swoon-worthy are these baby-blue clusters? Since this evergreen rarely sets seed pods, you can expect a long bloom period over the hot summer months.
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Mexican Hardy Petunia
This herbaceous perennial works in a border, a container, or pretty much wherever you please – they’re forgiving to any location and happen to love their time in the sun.
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We dig this fuss-free, heat-happy floral for its cloud-like plumes of canary yellow flowers. Bonus: Fresh-cut or dried, they make the loveliest cut flower bouquet.
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This carefree evergreen holds a secret: plumes of whimsical red flowers that steal the show throughout the summer months. Once established, it stands up to poor soil, heat and drought.
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De La Mina Verbena
This perennial boasts miniature neon blooms that are like catnip for butterflies. Use them for a gorgeous border accent or fill a container garden for a purple focal point.
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Rock Candy™ Pink Penstemon
Pretty, pink, and bell-shaped, these beautiful heat-lovers stand up to bright, overhead sun without washing out. Just be sure to deadhead (i.e., snip off the wilted blooms) after the first flush of flowers.
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Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan
With its long bloom season and love of full sun and plenty of heat, this North American native is the real star of the high-summer sunny border.