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Beat the Heat Annuals

Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These new heat tolerant annuals not only survive in the heat, they thrive in it. They produce more flowers on larger plants as the temperatures rise, making them ideal for growing in warm climates and places with hot summers.

Contributors: Kerry Meyer

CAMPFIRE® Flame Bidens


If your porch, patio or window boxes are located in full blazing sun, this is the plant for you. This vigorous annual thrives in heat and doesn’t mind if the soil dries out a bit now and then. Its deep orange flowers keep right on coming from spring into fall atop the bushy, green foliage. Try pairing it with the new Luscious® Royale Cosmo which thrives in the same conditions.

14-16” tall x 10-16” spread. Full sun.

TOUCAN® Coral Canna x generalis

If you love the look of tropical plants but need one that is as easy to grow as a petunia, try our Toucan® Cannas. They grow quickly to make bold thrillers in your large containers and thrive in the landscape too. Their more manageable size makes them more proportional and easier to pair with other plants in combination containers. Cannas flower like crazy all summer in warm climates where they love the heat, and are grown more for their bold foliage in northernmost climates where they bloom late in the season. Toucan Coral bears tropical salmon pink flowers that attract pollinators atop its lush green foliage.

30-48” tall x 18-24” spread. Part sun to sun.


FAIRY DUST® Pink Cuphea ramosissima

If you like the way Diamond Frost® plays so well with others in your containers, you’ll love the new Fairy Dust Pink Cuphea. It forms an airy cloud of light pink flowers on branched panicles and acts like baby’s breath in your combinations, subtly complementing its companions. Try growing it in your hanging baskets, upright containers and window boxes paired with other soft colors.

10-16” tall x 12-18” spread. Part sun to sun.

LUSCIOUS® Royale Cosmo Lantana 'DLANTAN95' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

The first in a new sub-series of smaller lantanas, this restrained selection is a bit more petite but packs the same dynamite bloom power as its big brothers and sisters. It fits easily in containers and window boxes either grow on its own or paired with other sun loving plants. Clusters of fragrant, hot pink and yellow bicolor blooms attract pollinators all season. Like all Luscious lantanas, it produces little to no seed and is heat and drought tolerant, which helps to keep the plants blooming from spring through fall. 

12-26” tall x 12-24” spread. Full sun.

SUPERTUNIA® Hot Pink Charm Petunia USTUN2401M' USPP29,664, Can PBRAF

The flower power of this new Supertunia Charm Petunia is remarkable, as the plant becomes completely covered in bright pink flowers from spring into fall. No need to remove the spent blooms; these petunias are self-cleaning. Supertunia Charm varieties have a very bushy, mounded shape, so they are perfect for upright containers, hanging baskets and planted in the garden where they make a good substitute for Calibrachoa. They thrive in heat and humidity, so even gardeners in the south can enjoy their spectacular bloom power all season long.

6-12” tall x 18-24” spread. Part sun to sun.

SUPERTUNIA® Lovie Dovie Petunia ‘BBTUN91601’ USPP29,663 CanPBRAF

Patterned petunias are back in style! This adorably ruffled, white petunia is decorated with a magenta pink star pattern on every flower. Don’t let its good looks fool you: this pretty petunia is every bit as durable and floriferous as all of our Supertunia petunias, blooming like crazy from spring through fall without having to remove the spent flowers. Grow it in your hanging baskets, upright containers and window boxes either on its own or paired with your other favorite flowers.

 6-12” tall x 18-24” spread. Part sun to sun.

INTENSIA® Red Hot Phlox drummondii 'Dphlox911' USPP 28,127, Can 5,500

We’ve found the ideal plant to include in your patriot flower pots and window boxes this summer! This amazing plant is covered in true red flowers from early spring through fall without having to remove the spent blooms. Its mounding shape and vigorous growth makes it a fast filler for hanging baskets, upright containers and landscapes. This species of Phlox is extremely tolerant of sun, heat, humidity and drought, so it withstands the heat of summer with ease at a time when some other plants might struggle. Grow it like you would a succulent, but expect fantastic flower power, too.  

10-16” tall x 10-16” wide. Full sun.

ROCKIN’ PLAYIN’ THE BLUES® Salvia 'Balsalmispim' USPP29,604

We’ve taken this popular super-sized salvia and made its awesome flower power even better. Bright violet blue flowers emerge from purple calyxes which hold their color after the flowers are spent, giving the illusion of being in bloom over a longer period. New flower spikes continue to emerge all season long above the bushy, bright green foliage, even in the hot, humid conditions of the deep south. This plant is the perfect thriller for large containers and a fantastic vertical element for landscapes. Pollinators will delight in its flowers from spring through fall. 

2-4’ tall x 2-3’ spread. Part sun to sun.

ROCKIN’ Deep Purple Salvia  'BBSAL09001' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

If you want to see pollinators in your garden, plant a salvia. This new selection is more refined than its predecessors, forming a dense, bushy clump of deep green foliage topped with large, deep purple flowers with black bracts all season. Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees delight in their sweet nectar. Planting this large-sized annual is a quick way to get a lot of color in your landscape in a short amount of time. It works great as a thriller in large container combinations too. 

18-36” tall x 24-30” spread. Part sun to sun.

SUPERBENA® Stormburst Verbena 'RIKA18302M' USPP29,640, Can PBRAF

Gardeners love plants with bicolor blossoms, and the soft lavender and white striped flowers of the new Superbena Stormburst are no exception. Like all of our Superbena Verbenas, it produces large clusters of flowers through the heat of summer without going to seed and is exceptionally resistant to powdery mildew. Pair it with your favorite flowers in hanging baskets, upright containers and window boxes and enjoy its pretty blooms from spring through fall.  

6-12” tall x 18-30” spread. Part sun to sun

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