Heat and Drought Tolerant Annuals
- the best flowers for hot summer temperatures -

Posted on May 20, 2014

Heat and Drought Tolerant Annuals

Heat and drought tolerant annuals can be just as attractive as thirstier, more heat-sensitive annuals.

  • Besides colorful blooms, many have shimmery foliage sure to light up any annual planting. Annuals with this silvery, furry foliage actually have tiny, light-colored hairs on their leaves and stems the reflect heat to keep the plants cooler.
  • Succulents are another easy to recognize group of heat and drought resistant plants; with plump juicy-looking leaves that store water. Not all annuals in this category have such visibly notable characteristics.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check labels and search our plant library by 'heat tolerant' or 'drought tolerant' to discover even more tough plants for hot, dry situations.


Heat and Drought tolerant annuals are easier on the gardener, the environment and water bill, as they take less water and attention. Just plant them in a potting mix or soil that drains easily, and allow it to dry between water applications, then sit back and enjoy the view from the shade of the patio umbrella!


Find information on these, and many more, heat & drought tolerant annuals in the My Garden Life Plant Library.

  • Ageratum
  • Crassula
  • Creeping Sedum
  • Delosperma
  • Echeveria
  • Gazania
  • Gomphrena
  • Kalanchoe
  • Marigold
  • Moss Rose
  • Salvia
  • Senecio
  • Snapdragons
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia

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