The blooming flowers in this design look sizzling, even through heat waves.

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Heat and humidity are no match for this hot-summer garden plan! It features a mix of annuals and perennials, including some tropical varieties, that flourish in steamy weather. Plus, their nonstop flowers are all vibrant tones of red, pink, orange, and yellow that just seem to get brighter as temperatures climb. Multi-colored zinnias and rosy Madagascar periwinkle take center stage, while a trio of maiden grass behind them adds height and soft texture to the planting. Stunning 'Tropicanna' canna serves as a focal point with its big, bold foliage and glowing orange blooms. Red annual salvia and yellow melampodium bookend the curved bed, along with perennial black-eyed Susan and bearded iris.

curved border with zinnia rudbeckia and salvia
Credit: Celia Pearson

Plants for Creating the Hot-Summer Garden Plan

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting. For example, Miscanthus can become weedy in some areas of the country, but this is usually less problematic when planting a cultivar such as 'Morning Light' listed in this plan.

hot summer garden plan illustration
Credit: Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

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