It’s been 107 degrees for days in Houston, Texas now, and gardens and plants are beginning to wilt. It’s time to take the heat into your own hands and start planting some hot colors in your garden. There are a lot of colorful flowers that can be planted in the summer heat of Houston, Texas – flowers that will continue to bloom through the fall. If you are interested in some gorgeous flowers to plant now in your summer garden, read below.
First, a few tips. Remove any old, dying flowers from your Houston, Texas garden and put them in your compost heap. Then spread a one inch layer of compost or soil conditioner in your garden, wherever you plan to plant. Choose flowers that are well-established for planting in the late summer heat, as now is not the time to be coaxing a plant to thrive. Healthy plants only, please. Don’t pull apart root balls as you usually would before planting in your Houston, Texas garden, as the hot temperatures are not good for encouraging root growth right now. Once you’re done planting, mulch well to protect your plants from the heat and fertilize them lightly. Now comes the fun part – choose your hot colors below!
Alabama Sun Coleus. This Coleus loves the Houston, Texas sun and heat, and its red leaves, splashed with gold, are certainly hot! You’ll also see this plant called “Texas Parking Lot” if you need any more ideas about how much it loves the heat. You can plant this in full sun to partial shade in your Houston, Texas garden, and it will grow to be about 3 feet tall. You’ll also have purple flowers for the remainder of the summer. This plant does well in containers.
French Marigold. For hot summer colors, bronze, orange and gold ought to do the trick to revive your Houston, Texas garden. A native of Mexico, this flower loves the heat! Plant it in full sun to enjoy its flowers all the way through October. This is an annual, but if the Houston, Texas winter is mild enough, it will survive through spring.
Impatiens. Impatiens are the perfect flower to plant in the Houston, Texas summer, and its red, white and pink blooms will certainly liven up your garden. These flowers will bloom and bloom, but although they don’t mind the heat they don’t care for the sun. Plant them in partial to full shade in your Houston, Texas garden for blooms through November. These will also do well in a container.
Butterfly Weed. Talk about hot colors – how about orange, red, yellow and multicolor? This Houston, Texas native is also a host plant for the Monarch butterfly, meaning you can watch this gorgeous butterfly’s entire lifecycle take place on this flower. Plant in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas garden and enjoy flowers all the way through October. This hard to kill plant will grow to be three feet tall.
Coreopsis. If you are looking for gold, yellow and red flowers for your Houston, Texas garden, try planting these perennials. This flower loves the heat and sun, and will bloom through September. It will also draw butterflies to your garden. This is a hardy plant which will grow in most soils and re-grow in the spring.
Wine Sage Dancing Flame. A flower with flame in its name has to be hot – these gorgeous scarlet flowers will brighten up your Houston, Texas garden in no time. These blooms will also bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Plant them in full sun and they will bloom all summer and through the fall for you. They can also take the cold down to 35 degrees.