Beat the Heat!



This time of year many of our plants grow tired of the hot southern sun.  Others, however, thrive in our North Carolina summers!  Adding these plants to your landscaping can make your summers more enjoyable especially if you have a difficult-to-water spot in the far nook of your yard.  We’ve put together a list of plants ideal for planting in NC. These plants tolerate a little drought once established and don’t blink at the summer heat.

Below is a list of plants that are heat and drought resistant as well as love the blazing summer sun. (Scroll down for plant photos)

Perennials Shrubs
Achillea (Yarrow)
Agastache
Asclepias tuberosa
Baptisia
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Gaura (Whirling Butterfly)
Lantana
Lavender
Nepeta (Catmint)
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Rosemary
Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)
Salvia – multiple varieties
Abelia
Callicarpa (Beauty Berry)
Callistemon cirinus (Bottlebrush)
Hesperaloe (Red Yucca)
Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)
Nerium oleander
Prunus cerasifera (Purple Leaf Plum)
Viburnum
Vitex angus-castus
Yucca
Annuals Ornamental Trees
Angelonia
Begonia
Vinca
Lantana
Portulaca
Dortheanthus Mezoo
Pentas
Gazania
Lagerstomia indica (Crape Myrtle)
Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
Nyssa syvatica (Black Gum Zydeco Twist)
Pines – multiple varieties
Succulents Ornamental Grasses
All succulents are perfect for summer heat.  We particularly love:
Delosperma (Ice plant)
Sedum “Angelina”
Sedum “Frosty Morn”
Miscanthus (Silver Grass)
Pennisetum
drought tolerant
sun loving