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Top 7 Plants for Hot Hot Summers

Here in Bakersfield, we have year round plant growing weather
We have winter but no snow
And it freezes, but not every day
And only during about a 2 month time period
(if at all)
(which means surviving winter is simply having a tarp handy to throw over the garden when the times comes)

This means a couple things:
1. Some plants that WOULD be annuals can be perennials
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(For example: these are alyssums I planted two years ago)
2. You can garden year round if you plant right (more later on that)
3. Here we don’t battle the snow, we battle the HEAT! The concern is not making it through the winter, it’s making it through the summer!

So based on these facts
(and sorry if you don’t live here and this doesn’t apply to you)
These are the plants that I have found are the BREAD WINNERS
These are the NO FAIL,
I can survive the worst gardener
I hold on with almost nothing
Plants for your yard πŸ™‚
(and they look good too)

Alyssms
HERE are some perennial yellow ones
Or just your local Garden store

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Small white or purple flowersΒ they seem so small and delicate but they can handle some major heat
They need good consistent water
But put these right by the sprinklers and they are GOLDEN
They get bigger and bigger
And if they are under some sort of overhang
(like under a tree or palm)
They will last for years
And they make you look like some amazing gardener πŸ™‚

Lantanas
(Order pink/white and white ones HERE)

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These are another huge favorite
They come in purple, red/orange
And my favorite but I only have one
(the rest I have maybe 6-8 lol)
are the pink/yellow/purple ones
SO PRETTY
These are ALL over my yard
They love the heat
They grow bigger and better every year
They will come back every year easily
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Cannas
These are bulb plants
You can buy them at any garden store at the beginning of the year as bulbs
And then later as plants as the season goes on

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These are a little too hardy in some cases πŸ™‚
My friend told me once that they had a small fire in her yard
And their whole yard went up in flames
The only thing to survive? The cannas πŸ™‚
So beware of where you plants these maybe?
They will multiply πŸ™‚
But as long as that’s what you want, it’s good
They will be full and beautiful
These pictured are the green leaf ones
There are also purple leaf ones
And the flowers on top are either red or yellow
Very pretty, very nice broad green leaves
And a good filler for hard places.
They need water but not tons and once established
Good luck EVER killing them off entirely πŸ™‚
Good lazy gardener plant
They can get very tall–12 ft tall one year but average probably about 6-8ft

Peppermint
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This is another plant you will have a hard time ever killing πŸ™‚
It multiplies
It can survive on little water
And it will multiply…and multiply….and multiply
Careful where you plant this!
I use this as a ground cover:
IMG_2141This flowerbed is often shaded and often has a lot of crap dropped on it from the palm trees
Most plants don’t like this area but my peppermint loves it!
Nice solution to a potentially hard spot
And every time you bug it, you will smell it!
Good scent I think, I always enjoy them

Furman’s Red Salvia
(Order some here)
IMG_2140I wish I had a dozen of these plants!
I have one main one that is now 3-4 years old
And it just gets better and better every year
It blooms almost constantly
And it’s a nice big bush now
It’s in one of the hottest places of the yard
Needs water but will take a hard day or two if it has to
Super pretty and super tough: LOVE

Purple Fountain Grass
(Order some HERE)
IMG_2143I have two big bushes of these and they are great
They cover up a big problem area in my yard because they get HUGE
And I think they are super pretty
Word to the wise though: these do need to be hacked down every year
And the “blades” are like tiny little papercutters
Wear gloves or you WILL get “papercut” type cuts all over your hands
Other than that, they are wonderful

Daylilies
(Order some HERE:
This site has 21 different kinds/colors so have fun choosing!)
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My front walkway is all Daylilies and they are so pretty
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They are hardy, LOVE the heat
And big pretty flowers most of the summertime
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And even when there are no blooms
You get nice green “grassy” plants to accent the garden:
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