The Planting Season Continues - Plants That Like It Hot!

Heat-Loving Perennials For Planting In Early Summer

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Agastache thrive in warm weather. Agastache Glowing Embers, is a hummingbird magnet!



Different groups of plants grow best at different times of the year. In my general observations, I have noted that:

  • Perennials from cold climates (zones 3-4) prefer to grow most actively when temperatures are cool. Oriental poppies are a prime example. They begin growing in early spring as soon as the soil thaws. After flowering in late spring, they will go dormant in the heat of summer. Then they sprout new leaves in the cool of fall to begin the cycle once more.
  • Perennials from hot summer regions, such as the Great Plains and the Southwestern United States, wait for the warmth of late spring before they begin growing. Leary of frost, these plants wait for the nights to begin to warm and the days heat up before their season starts. Flowering occurs during the heat of summer and early fall.

It's these perennials and warm season ornamental grasses are excellent choices for planting in June. They grow well when the summer heat is on. To ensure success, follow these suggestions:

  • Be sure to water summer transplants regularly. And soak the soil long enough to push the water deep where the roots will follow.
  • Mulch where appropriate. In the Intermountain, California, PNW, Great Plains and Mid-Western states, summer mulching is an effective technique for keeping the soil moister and cooler for roots to grow their best. In hot, very humid, wetter climates, mulching may not be beneficial because of the potential for crown and root diseases.

Plants That Thrive With Warm Weather Planting

Here is a list of Plants for June Transplanting:

Flowering Perennials

Hummingbird Mint | Agastache >> View All

  • Acapulco Orange Hummingbird Mint Agastache Acapulco Orange

    $11.99

    Sale: $9.59

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • New Mexico Hummingbird Mint Agastache neomexicana

    $10.99

    Sale: $8.79

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Rosita Hummingbird Mint Agastache cana Rosita

    $11.99

    Sale: $9.59

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot


Ornamental grasses

Ornamental Grasses >> View All

  • Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition

    Starting at $12.99

    Sale: $10.39

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance

    Starting at $13.99

    Sale: $11.19

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Windwalker Big Bluestem Grass Andropogon gerardii Windwalker

    Starting at $11.99

    Sale: $9.59

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Dwarf Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana Pumila

    Starting at $13.99

    Sale: $11.19

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot


Cacti and Succulents

Cacti and Succulents >> View All

  • Red Edged Pig's Ear Cotyledon orbiculata (high elevation form)

    Starting at $9.99

    Per Plant - 2.5" deep pot

  • Sutherland Night Blooming Ice Plant Stomatium sp. Sutherland

    Starting at $9.99

    Per Plant - 2.5" deep pot


Shrubs and Small Trees

Shrubs and Small Trees >> View All

  • Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi ‘P011S’ (Pawnee Buttes)

    Starting at $12.99

    Sale: $10.39

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • New Jersey Tea plant Ceanothus americanus

    $11.99

    Sale: $9.59

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot

  • Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata

    $11.99

    Sale: $9.59

    Per Plant - 5" deep pot


Text and select photos By David Salman

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