Part of the reason why people can be so nervous to plant this time of the year is the heat! To put your mind at ease, why not bring on summer with these sun-loving, and heat-tolerant annuals!

Pentas – This is the best annual pollinator! if you have a butterfly garden, this is a must-have. It produces a large cluster of flowers that butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds just love.


Gazanias – Produces large vibrant flowers, which love to dry out in between watering.


Geraniums – An old favorite that’s drought tolerant and loves the summer heat.


Persian shield – A dark purple foliage plant with a surprisingly dark purple flower.


Portulaca – A great drought tolerant plant, that’s also highly recommended as a cemetery plant.

Lantana – It produces bright clusters of flowers that thrive on neglect. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this plant.


Heliotrope – A fragrant delight, with a deliciously sweet vanilla scent.


Evolvulus – This true blue flower loves extreme heat and summer sun.


Angelonia – A great thriller plant to add to your summer containers. It’s quite fragrant and produces color from head to toe.


Scaevola – A fan-type flower, that’s also super tough. It tolerates neglect and bounces right back.


Cuphea vermillionare – Hummingbird alert! This orange cigar plant is a must-have for any hummingbird lover to have in their garden.