With sunny days and high temperatures in the forecast, many of our customers are curious about which plants can thrive in high-sun or high-heat areas. While sun-drenched gardens can be stunning in the spring, they can be a challenge to maintain once summer heat reaches its peak. However, by selecting the right plants, you can create a vibrant and healthy garden that will flourish in even the sunniest locations.
Sun loving or drought tolerant. Which do I choose?
Understanding the distinction between sun-loving plants and drought-tolerant plants is an important first step when selecting the right plants for your garden. Sun-loving plants, as the name suggests, require direct sunlight to grow and thrive. They are able to photosynthesize effectively in full sun, which leads to healthy growth and beautiful blooms. Common examples of sun-loving plants include Marigolds, Petunias, and Zinnias.
On the other hand, drought-tolerant plants are species that can survive prolonged periods with little or no water. These plants have evolved mechanisms to store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, enabling them to survive in arid conditions. Drought-tolerant plants are typically able to withstand hot and dry summers, making them ideal for high-sun locations. Some popular drought-tolerant plants include Lavender, Yucca, and Cosmos.
It’s worth noting that some plants can be both sun-loving and drought-tolerant. For example, Lavender requires full sun to grow and produce its characteristic fragrant blooms, but it can also tolerate dry soil and minimal watering once established. Other examples of plants that are both sun-loving and drought-tolerant include Sage, Rosemary, and Succulents.
Overall, selecting the right plants for your garden requires an understanding of the unique characteristics of each species, including their light and water requirements. By choosing plants that are well-suited to your garden’s conditions, you’ll be able to create a beautiful and thriving landscape that will add value and enjoyment to your outdoor space for years to come.Great sun loving plants that perform year after year
If you have a sunny spot in your garden that needs a pop of colour, then you should look for sun-loving varieties that can handle direct sunlight. Urban Roots Garden Market carries a wide variety of sun-loving flowers and plants including:
How about drought tolerant plants?
Drought-tolerant plants not only save water but also require less maintenance overall. They are often hardy and disease-resistant, making them a great choice for busy gardeners who want to spend more time enjoying their garden than tending to it. In addition, many drought-tolerant plants have attractive foliage and colourful blooms that can add visual interest to any garden.
If are looking for the best drought-tolerant plants, here are some great choices from Urban Roots:
So, with a bit of planning – and a local garden centre you can rely on – creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be difficult; just make sure you choose the right plants! With Urban Roots Garden Market as your go-to source for everything gardening related, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need to make your sunny spot shine!