Every year about this time, as the mercury starts to rise and we begin our journey into the endless summer heat, I get the same question from friends, neighbors and relatives: Can I still plant something now that it’s so hot outside?
The truth is, not all of us are able to get our planting done in the early spring window. Sometimes, you try something in spring only to have it fail and you are left needing to replace a few things. If you fall into either of these categories, never fear, because there are plants tough enough to survive a late spring / early summer transplant and make our yards beautiful during this scorching time of year. The following are a few winners for the summer garden that can still be planted now:
Vinca – These are true heat lovers and come in a variety of colors such as pink, purple, white, and red. Plants average about 8 inches high and 1 foot wide. The Cora variety is extra disease resistant and highly recommended for the Dallas Metroplex area.
Caladiums – These are leafy foliage plants that come in a huge assortment of color combinations. Most varieties like the shade best, but several are sun tolerant now, as well. In heavy shade, try using the large leaf white varieties as they really brighten up a dark area.
Tropicals – Plants such as Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Pride of Barbados, and Bougainvillea are very heat tolerant and provide great color throughout the summer months. Bougainvillea is especially useful as a container plant or in a hanging basket.
Succulents – Agave, Yucca, Aloe and other succulent plants are specially made to handle hot and dry conditions with very little care. They come in all shapes and sizes so there is a succulent to fit your needs.
In the veggie garden you can still plant Black Eyed Peas, Watermelons, Peppers, and Eggplant.
These are just a few of our favorites that can still be planted this time of year. As always, add a two to three-inch layer of mulch after planting to help keep the soil moist and the new plants roots cool.