Texas Living

4 Heat-Resistant Blooms to Keep Your Garden Vibrant

By Valirie Morgan 7.11.16

Don’t let your garden become dryer than West Texas. Make it an oasis instead. Texas summers can be brutal for plants, but hearty plants that thrive in hot and dry conditions will keep your garden vibrant year-round. These trees, shrubs, and vines can take the Texas heat — and you can keep your green thumb!

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) — One of the most compatible plants for the Texas climate, crape myrtles provide beautiful color throughout the summer and into the fall with their red, pink, white, and purple flowers, which can last for as long as four months. They thrive in full sun, and once they’re established (usually a couple months after planting), they’re disease-resistant and drought-tolerant.

Texas Lantana (Lantana horrida) — This perennial loves the Texas heat — it blooms bigger and brighter as the heat intensifies! Texas lantana will bring butterflies and birds to your garden, and it typically only needs watering once a week. It comes in different colors and growth patterns; the red/orange variety is more bushy, while the purple variety is more spread out over the ground.

Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) — Add a vibrant pop of color to your landscape with the long, purple flower strands of this pest-resistant and water-wise shrub. Plant Mexican bush sage in full sun and watch it bloom — all you need to do for this low- maintenance perennial is prune it to the ground after the first winter frost hits.

Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) — Plant crossvine on a lattice, fence, or wall to grow a strong vine with heavy blooms that range in color from yellow to red. It does best in full sun but will still grow in partial shade, and the vines become completely covered in clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in warm weather. Crossvine is drought-resistant and loves to grow, so be prepared for it to spread out.

In addition to colorful plants, add some flavor to your yard this summer with tips from Texas Heritage for Living® for growing a bountiful vegetable garden!