Summer trees and flowers to plant in your garden that will survive the heat

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Summertime is just around the corner and the Garden Guy gives his tips on when you will need to plant heat-loving trees, shrubs and annuals in the garden!

Make sure to prepare your garden and pots with at least 2-4 inches of fresh compost, while also increasing the frequency of watering once our temperatures are consistently above 85 degrees.

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Desert-adapted trees to look for in the summer:

  • Native Mesquite
  • Thornless Palo Verde
  • Desert Willow

When taking care of a desert-adapted tree, pay attention to:

  • Make sure to use plenty of mulch when planting with at least 4 inches around the drip of the tree
  • Limit the trimming and pruning of the tree
  • Deep watering every two to four weeks 3 inches deep
  • Use only organic fertilizer to help save up to 40 percent on water
  • Try to companion plants at the drip line of trees to cool soil and save water which also helps create symbiotic environments which reduce stress on plant material

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Some noteworthy annuals that can take full summer sun are: 

  • Vincas
  • Angelonia
  • Portulacas   

Vincas are one of the hardiest summer annuals to plant in the garden this time of year. Vincas come in many colors ranging from white, light pinks, to deep magentas. You may want to also add some Ipomoea, also known as potato vine to create a trailing or cascading look to your flower pots or raised gardens.

Some other types of annuals that you may want to try are:

  • Pentas
  • Celosia
  • Zinnias
  • Gomphrenas 

If you prefer not to plant annuals every year, you can still get some great color by planting perennials. You may want to plant some varieties of Lantana, Trailing Emu, or Katie Ruellia which can all take the full sun.  


Please make sure to continue to add a thick layer of compost or mulch to your garden and also fertilized with liquid seaweed, or extreme juice every two weeks.  

Planting summertime color and annuals will attract your beneficial pollinators to your garden creating a symbiotic relationship!

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