Heat Tolerant Hotties that won’t fizzle when temperatures sizzle!

What’s a responsible gardener to do when August days sizzle, plants get parched, and water is not to be wasted? Funny you ask since we have a nursery chock FULL of plants that can take the heat and ask for little (water) in return! Adapting well to both coastal and inland gardens, we love these low maintenance superstars not only for their water-sipping ways, but their looong bloom times, longevity and reliability (they won't just up and die on you) and – of course – beautiful foliage and flowers!

IMPORTANT!! Give these beauties regular water until established – watering deeply every 3-5 days. Plant in the early morning or late afternoon and consider mulching around new plants to help retain water and keep the roots cool. Once winter rains start, your hard work will pay off – they'll be ready to rock your dry gardens next season ... and beyond!

Basil herbalea 'Wild Magic'
Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'
Achillea millefolium ‘Little Moonshine’

This is the cutest little mini-Yarrow we fell head-over-heels for here at the nursery. Reaching to only 8" tall and 12" across with bright sunshine-yellow clusters 3-4” across above a dense clump short, ferny foliage. With its compact form, long bloom season and mass of cheery color you have an excellent choice for lighting up a small bed, rock garden or edging beds and pathways. Tough, heat and drought tolerant as well as deer resistant and the bloom season lasts from late spring thru summer. Cut flowers and butterflies! Well-drained soil with some compost added and deadheading for longest bloom.

Perennial USDA zones 3-10a

Aloe hybrid 'Safari Rose'

This nearly ever-blooming South African Aloe sports showy salmon-pink flowers held on stalks that rise 12-18” above basal clumps of succulent green leaves. Reaching only 1’ high, it spreads over time to create a lovely low-maintenance groundcover. Generally blooming its first year(!), flowers first appear in summer and continue thru mid-winter. A big favorite with hummers! This award-winning, disease resistant selection produces sterile flowers, allowing for more blooms over a longer period. Stunning when massed as a large-scale ground cover, it also makes a showy container specimen! Provide good drainage and deadhead flowering stems when they’re done blooming.

Perennial USDA zones 9-10

Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Asclepias physocarpa “Family Jewels Tree”

Garden hilarity abounds when you plant this living naughty joke! A SUPER EASY tree-like milkweed from South Africa that grows fast enough to host Monarch caterpillars its first year. In early summer it forms small mauve and white star-shaped flowers in pendulous clusters that make way for an abundance of 2.5-3” hairy green “family jewels” shaped seed pods with a reddish blush. Gorgeous in bouquets ($30 a stem at high-end florists) or made into the world’s raciest “fruit bowl”. To 6’ high and wide. Provide good drainage for fastest growth. Cut back in fall to encourage bushiness. Nutrient poor soil is A-ok. Self-sows.

Tender Perennial USDA Zones 7-10

Crassula capitella “Red Pagoda”

Instant origami! Startling, densely stacked red-edged succulent stemlets radiate out from the base to reach 7” tall and 18” across. A super easy and fascinat­ing small scale groundcover, the more sun you give it, the redder it gets. Small white flowers in summer are followed by the top leaves dropping off, which will readily root where they fall to create wel­come new plantlets! Fun and unusual as an edger, in a container or even hanging basket Well drained soil a must. Juvenile growth emerges green, young plants are often solid green with widely spaced leaves. Plants become more compact as they mature.

Perennial Succulent USDA Zones 9-11

Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' Callistemon 'Cane’s Hybrid'
Echium gentianoides 'Tajinaste'

We are thrilled to offer this extremely rare and endangered Echium from the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands! True cerulean blue flowers held in loose pyramidal spikes bloom the first year and are a sight to behold in the spring garden! Emerging from pink buds, the cup-shaped flowers are well displayed above rough, blue-grey, linear foliage. EASY and impressive, it blooms spring thru fall, totally unlike any other Echium we know! Sturdy, branching, 4’ x 4’ form. Highly recommended! Drought, heat and deer resistant! Needs awesome drainage for ultimate happiness. Side dress with an 1” of compost once a year.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

Arctotis 'Pink Sugar'

Just the prettiest thing for the dry/dry-ish well-drained garden! Indulging our need for showy flowers over a long season, this tough, tidy and well-behaved “African Daisy” pumps out loads-o-blooms from spring to fall at least! Cheery 3” rich pink “daisies” sport showy circus-like radiating rings of magenta and gold around a large, showy black eye. And they’re offset to perfection above a fuzzy ever-silver densely held 6” x 20” foliar mound. Ideal as a colorful filler in succulent gardens or mixed containers and EASY enough for parking strips. Just provide drainage, a side-dress of compost annually and cut back a bit to refresh in fall. Bees and butterflies. Deer resistant!

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11
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