Lemonade plants are those which just keep making their presence known blooming their little heads off as summer does its worst.
My Rainbow Knockout® rose is one which thrived in the heat. It didn’t bloom during the worst part of summer, but its leaves stayed disease free and didn’t crisp either. When temperatures moderated, it started blooming as though spring had arrived once again.
I planted a seed mix of zinnias in crayon colors of bright and light pinks along with sunflowers in July. While the temperatures were unseasonably hot, the zinnias grew. Now, they are blooming and brightening my fall garden. So, as the platitude states: when handed lemons why not make lemonade?
Many of the plants not daunted by the heat either come naturally from Texas or Mexico like Melampodium leucanthum, above. The yarrow is one I got several years ago called ‘Paprika.’ It’s performed well every year.
I’m glad for these natives of the far south which I can grow as annuals. In this unseasonable summer, I discovered I need to plant more annuals to give the garden the boost it needs. Next summer is also supposed to be hot and drought ridden. I suggest picking up some seed packets next spring of bright summer annuals.
Also, at your nursery, look for perennials which are native to the southern prairies. None of my goldenrods were fazed by over 100F.
The garlic chives, below, aren’t native to the U.S., but they thrive here. In fact, in my garden, they thrive a little too much. I have to be very careful to chop off their heads before they set seed. Otherwise, my whole garden would be a field of garlic chives. Perhaps I could sell them to the Asian markets. They are quite the delicacy.
All of the plants, above, certainly take the whole lemonade thing to heart so they are my contribution to a late bloom day post. Thanks Carol of May Dreams Gardens for again hosting GBBD which falls on the 15th every month.