Just a few months ago, my family and I headed to Las Cruces, New Mexico to visit some family members and take in the scenery. And while it’s rare to find a garden there that incorporates grass (grass requires too much water for this area of the country) it’s easy to find one with beautiful flowers galore. But one should be careful when planting a flower garden in a hotter climate. If you aren’t careful, you could kill your flowers before they even get a chance to bloom! Fortunately, all of the flowers on this list LOVE a hot climate so you won’t have to worry about a thing when planting these babies. Let’s get started!
Flowers That Love A Hot Climate
The best thing about the beautiful blanket flower is that it’s incredibly tough and super drought resistant. Stick these babies in an area of your yard that gets full sun all day long. They aren’t picky about the type of soil they’re planted in, so just about anything will do. Make sure that this drought-resistant flower gets at least 1-2 inches of water per week. Seriously, this is one of those plants that can’t get enough sun!
These flowers have huge, gorgeous blooms that will attract any kind of pollinator to your garden, and who doesn’t like that? These plants do well in an area of full sun in well-draining soil. These plants like it dry, and a hard rain followed by waterlogged soil can be detrimental to these beauties. Make sure you plan well in advance! Grow it in zones 9-11 as a perennial, and as an annual in an area lower than that. These even do well in containers, so why not give it a shot?
If you’re looking for year-round blooms that are sure to capture the attention of any passerby, you absolutely must grow Lantanas! This tropical flower is available in a variety of shades and colors, making it easy to find a shade that goes well with your garden design. Lantanas grow well in the hottest of environments, so make sure you place this in an area of your yard that receives plenty of afternoon shade.
Don’t let the name of this hardy flower fool you: it’s beautiful! Leadwort is a perennial that loves the heat, a little neglect, and can grow to be 12 inches tall. Leadworts are often used as a “spreading perennial” in the garden and looks great in the corners of your yard where nothing else does.
These beautiful flowers bloom in the evenings (hence the name, moonflower) and grow exceptionally well in containers. These grow best in full sun, so make sure that you are choosing the area best for these. Moonflowers also like to be watered deeply once or twice a week, depending on heat and dryness levels.
You don’t have to live in Hawaii to grow these gorgeous tropical beauties! Grow these anywhere with heat and plenty of sun. Seriously…hibiscus plants can tolerate hot temperatures of 100 plus degrees. What other flowers can do that?