If you have hot summers like we do, here in Burlington, North Carolina, you understand that not all flowers will measure up to our hot summers. Some flowers just won't hold up to the hot sun, and are too delicate for the heat, like Foxglove, Stock, or Sweet Pea. BUT fear not, because there are still some BEAUTIFUL flowers that THRIVE in the heat. Here are some great suggestions for your flower garden this summer:
Marigolds are a very hardy flower that LOOOOOVE the sun. They are beautiful and full of color and make a great addition to any garden, but can also be used as a cut flower for some mixed arrangements. Did you know that Marigolds can also be used to add some "tang" to your salads. That’s right, they’re edible and delicious.
Celosia is a very easy flower to grow that has many varieties and comes in beautiful sunset colors. These beauties are also great at attracting the beautiful butterflies that make those summer days even more beautiful. Celosia loves to bathe in the hot sun and is also drought tolerant once it is established and starts growing.
Sunflowers are so easy to grow! And when you think of sunflowers, don't you think they just embody summer? These beauties need LOTS of sun, and some can even grow over 16 feet tall!!! Sunflowers also attract bees and birds and were even used by Native Americans to cure skin ailments.
Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow and develop. They are also great because they are deer-resistant and may even help to keep other flowers safe because of it. Zinnias are, of course, beautiful in your garden or pots, but would also look beautiful in bouquets or arrangements for your home.
Geraniums are colorful, easy to grow, and very fragrant. They are a great summer flower and one of our most popular at Garden Valley Market. Did you know that Geraniums are toxic to those pesky Japanese Beetles? And they can also survive inside during the winter if they have enough light.
Known for it's healing properties, Salvia loves, loves, LOVES the hot and dry weather. They also attract the beautiful Hummingbird as well as Butterflies. Did you know it's a relative to Sage?
Petunias are one of the most popular flowers, and for good reason. They come in a wide variety of colors and are a GREAT way to add some color to your garden or container. And they bloom all season long, so you can enjoy them both in spring and summer.
Dianthus embodies the "cottage" flower. With it's "starry" flower shape, this pretty flower gives off a beautiful spicy fragrance. Dianthus is great for ground cover in your garden, or can even be grown as a cut flower, depending on the variety.
Lantana is just a bright and beautiful flower that's tolerant of both drought AND humidity, which makes it so special. Also, butterflies LOVE Lantana. If you want to add more butterflies to your home, you need Lantana. It's also deer and rabbit resistant, allowing your blooms to actually stick around for longer than a day. Anybody else feel us on that?
Cosmos are a beautiful, elegant, and delicate flower to add to your flower collection. They grow very easy, making them a customer favorite. Cosmos attract bees, butterflies, and also birds.
So if you live in a hot climate, like we do here at Garden Valley Farmers Market, you understand that not just ANY flower can be grown here. Choosing flowers that are hardy and can withstand the hot temperatures will not only save you some money in the long run, but will also save you some frustration, and keep you enjoying the flowers all season long. Stop by one of our locations in North Carolina, and pick up some heat resistant flowers to add to your flower garden. We'd love to see you!
What are some heat loving flowers that you love to plant?
Your GVFM Team