Plant heat-craving vegetables such as beans, corn, eggplant, melons, peppers, and tomatoes. You can direct-sow seeds or use transplants.
Heat-loving herbs can go in the ground now: rosemary, basil, and lavender.
Plant tropical water lilies and aquatic plants when water temperature is above 70 degrees F.
Add some perennials from the Plant Select program to your garden. These tried-and-true Rocky Mountain and high plains performers hail from a program by Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University.
Colorado desert blue star (Amsonia jonesii) -- a western native with sapphire-blue blooms from April to early summer; fall foliage is yellow
Avalanche white sun daisy (Osteospermum 'Avalanche') -- white daisies all summer long above evergreen foliage; strong disease resistance
Grand Mesa Beardtongue (Penstemon mensarum) -- brilliant cobalt blue flower spikes in early spring last two months; evergreen leaves turn orange-red in winter
Test Garden Tip: When planting in June, water plants twice daily until they stop wilting. Even drought-tolerant plants need extra watering when first planted. Their drought-tolerant nature starts to show after root systems are established.
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