The Best Heat and Drought Resistant Flowers for Your Garden

Updated on July 21, 2016
Hearty Yellow Lantana
Hearty Yellow Lantana | Source

Call it global warming or some other natural phenomenon but the summers seem to be getting hotter and dryer. These conditions can make a once, colorful and blooming flower garden turn brown and dried up if you do not have the right plants selected for your conditions. These plant recommendations will help ensure a beautiful, but low maintenance flower garden in your yard.

Trailing Homestead Purple Verbena
Trailing Homestead Purple Verbena | Source
Yellow Lantana
Yellow Lantana | Source
Red Hibiscus
Red Hibiscus | Source

Heat and Drought Tolerant Flowering Plants

Trailing Verbena

Trailing Verbena is a low growing perennial shrub that thrives in hot heat and requires little hydration. It's mounding flowers bloom from spring to fall. Verbena makes excellent ground cover as it spreads quickly. It needs full sun and well drained soil. It also requires some pinching back of stems for optimal flowering. Its stems often get woody if not regularly pruned. There are many varieties of Verbena, The Homestead Purple is especially hearty. The flowers start out white to lilac before turning a gorgeous deep purple. Verbena grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3-10, making it an excellent choice for most of the country.

Lantana

Lantana is a fantastic fragrant flowering shrub that comes in many varieties and colors. It is abundant with flowers all spring and summer and its leaves remain a vibrant green. The Lantana is a low maintenance perennial that does not seem to mind heat or drought. It is not a fussy plant and can grow in any type of soil. Its leaves can be toxic to some animals, making it perfect for yards visited by rabbits and deer as these animals will not eat its sweet smelling flowers. However, you must be careful in planting these in places that can be visited by domesticated pets.

Lantana attracts butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. This plant loves the sun and blooms until the first frost. It can be planted in containers or in the ground. In some parts of the US, the lantana grows as an annual, but in the southeast it is a hardy perennial. It grows best in zones 9a-11b.

Hibiscus

The Hibiscus plant comes in many varieties, both tropical and hardy hybrids. Depending on the variety and the hardiness zone, it can be grown as an annual or a perennial. The Red Hibiscus has gorgeous large flowers that can range between six and eight inches across from summer to fall. Hibiscus plants can grow between four and eight feet tall. They need to be planted with access to a trellis or gazebo as they are natural climbers. In most areas, these plants are tropical and will perform as an annual in colder climates. However, their resilient nature and ability to continue to bloom in high heat and water sparse conditions makes it an excellent plant to grow, even if you have to replace it the following year.

The Red Blooming Hardy Hibiscus grows best in zones 5-9. The plant needs full sun for six to eight ours a day. In order to maintain its green foliage, it needs well drained soil as well. Hibiscus plants grow well in the ground as well as in containers as long as they have something to climb.

Makes Sure the Plants You Buy Are Fit for Your Zone

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones | Source

How to Take Care of Verbena and Lantana

Verbena and Lantana are extremely hardy plants and require little maintenance. Be sure to check your hardiness zone and review the care needed in your area. In most cases, Verbena will bloom spring through fall. Its flowers will appreciate fertilizer once a month during bloom time. It is a fast growing plant that needs occasional trimming. Save the hard pruning for after the first frost when the plant is dormant. Lantana grows year round in zones 9-11 and requires very little. In colder zones, lantana will benefit from a layer of mulch in the winter months. The plant needs a hard pruning in the spring before it starts flowering.

Plant Flowers in Your Yard Today

Gardening is a wonderful hobby. Even if you do not have time to spend in your garden, go ahead and try planting some of these low maintenance flowering plants. Flowers add a sense of warmth to any yard and are inviting to friends and neighbors, that is unless they are all dried up and dead. Check your zone on the map and head to your lawn and garden store today to add some color to your yard.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LauraGSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      LauraGSpeaks 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Pavlo, you are correct. It is so important to buy plants that ae hardy for your zone. Many garden stores sell flowering plants because they are attractive and will sell well, but sometimes they are not the best for that area.

    • chrissieklinger profile image

      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I will definitely be looking into yellow lantana. I need a colorful tolerant plant in my garden.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      This a a helpful hub. Actually it is hard to save a plant unless you have some shade over it. This summer was very hot here and alas, i lost some shrubs just because there were not good for this zone. Thank you fori nfo!

    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Very well laid out article and good photos. Very helpful.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)