Check out Southwest Living’s 10 Plants That Beat the Summer Heat:

“10 Plants That Beat the Summer Heat (Part I)

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta

Sturdy and easy to grow, this early-summer-blooming flower brightens gardens. Cutting encourages them to rebloom late in the season. The 2- to 4-inch blooms have orange-red rays and a prominent purplish-black cone. Deer usually steer clear of these plants.

Mealycup Sage

Salvia farinacea

Tall, densely packed flowers appear on this plant, which is native to southern New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, in late spring.  Blooms vary from deep violet to white, and cuplike calyxes are covered with white hairs that often have a blue or violet tinge. Like other members of the sage family, mealycup sage is generally pest free.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis verticillata

Southern natives, these easy-to-grow members of the sunflower family yield a profusion of yellow blooms. Their seeds attract birds but not deer.

Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus

Native to Madagascar, India, and tropical Asia, these bushy plants thrive in both humid and dry heat. Flowers bloom atop glossy leaves in pure white, pink, rose, or white with a rose or red eye The flower was formerly known botanically as Vinca rosea, and many people still call it vinca.

Editors picks: Try Nirvana and Cora Madagascar periwinkles.


Lantanas laugh at heat and snicker at drought. Tiny flowers in tight clusters that resemble miniature nosegays appear nearly continuously in warm weather. Plus, a lantana garden is butterfly heaven—no flowers do a better job of attracting them.

…to be continued…

Don’t miss the rest of the heat-beating list, stay tuned for our next post when we finish it off! Contact us if you want your yard looking fresh and unscathed by the heat this summer.