Maintenance is a breeze with this heat-resistant, high-color garden plan. Follow our guide to get the look in your green space.

By Jenny Krane
Updated May 23, 2019

Beat the heat with this bright and happy summer garden plan. Hot-weather plants, including some tropical varieties, will give any corner of the yard attractive color. You won't see any blues or purples here—warm toned flowers give this plan a cohesive look. Plants of different heights and shapes add unbeatable texture, while tall plumes of maiden grass soften the arrangement.

Madagascar periwinkle creates a sea of pale pink that lines the front of the garden bed. Yellow and red annuals bookend the periwinkle, followed by Black-eyed Susans for a bold endcap with dark centers. Bearded irises and bright red cannas add drama to the display, and multi-colored zinnias fill in the bed with dense blooms.

Celia Pearson

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Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes an illustrated version of the plan, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

Keep your yard looking fantastic all summer long with this high-impact, low-care garden plan. It features a variety of summer favorites.

Garden size: 5x14 feet

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Left: Edward Gohlich
Center: Peter Krumhardt
Right: Peter Krumhardt

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