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Eight 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.

ANGELFACE® Super Series Angelonia

These super-sized Angelonia come in three colors, Blue, Pink and White. Standing nearly double the height of typical varieties, they put on an outstanding show of color in the landscape and in large containers. Large blooms appear on sturdy flower scapes from spring until frost, and they make wonderful cut flowers. Like all Proven Winners Angelonias, Angelface Supers thrive in hot, humid conditions and requires less water than many flowering annuals.

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ANGELFACE® Perfectly Pink Angelonia

This plant has large flowers, dense branching and a raspberry-pink color with dark buds and new stems.  The color is like nothing I've ever seen on an Angelonia and the blooms are larger than what you are used to seeing too.  Angelface® are heat tolerant, low water use, tough plants that are well suited to most gardens.  In addition to being great thrillers they are wonderful in landscapes, which is my favorite use for them.  From left to right, below:  BreathtakingAngelface® Perfectly Pink and One in a Million.



Foliage plants are often overlooked in favor of the flash of flowers. However, foliage can be just as eye-catching, and since foliage never fades, the color impact is always present. I love the fuzzy, silver foliage of Quicksilver.This plant grows really fast and will fill a lot of space in your garden quickly and look great all summer. It will quickly outgrow small containers, so choose large ones and if you use it in a combination recipe, choose other super-vigorous plants, like Snow Princess® and Supertunia® Vistas.


TOUCAN® Series 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, which come in four colors: Red, Rose, Scarlet, and Yellow. They grow quickly to make bold thrillers in your large containers and thrive in the landscape too. 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 plants have lush foliage and bear warm-toned flowers that encourage hummingbirds and bumblebees to come explore your garden.


Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut Cyperus

If King Tut Cyperus had a little brother, this would be it, and he would be a popular little dude. Perfectly sized at 2 ½-4’ tall, Prince Tut is ideal for large combination containers, pond side plantings, and low spots in the landscape that tend to retain water. It grows quickly to form an impressive clump and is more floriferous than King Tut®, producing similar but more plentiful, finely textured plumes. This is a heat tolerant plant that can be grown in the north and south.

Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Jet Black Ipomoea

The deep black, heart-shaped foliage of Jet Black has the densest color in full sun, but is a stunner wherever you grow it. Black-hued plants are a lot like the perfect little black dress that can be dressed up or down to make it work for almost any occasion. Plant Jet Black with white for the ultimate contrast planting or use it as a perfect complement to any vivid hue. While sweet potato vines are one of the most common plants used in combination recipes, we often overlook what great landscape plants they are. They do best in sunny spots, but will perform well in shady areas as well.

Timeless Lavender Pelargonium

Geraniums remain a garden stalwart for good reason. Their wide-ranging colors and toughness make them a favorite with gardeners worldwide. The classic beauty and vivid color of Timeless Lavender will shine in combination planters and landscapes alike. While deadheading will keep the plants looking tidier, it isn’t strictly necessary for continued flowering all season.


Supertunia® Vista Fuchsia Petunia

If you want a plant that will knock your socks off, this is the plant for you. Rich, vibrant fuchsia colored flowers grace plants that will mound to more than 18” tall and fill several square feet of space.  It’s an all-summer blooming power house that will deliver the wow factor all season without deadheading. It is a great choice to plant in sunny landscapes. When planted in hanging baskets and large containers, you’ll have the neighbors asking what your magic recipe for success is! It’s great in combination recipes when paired with other vigorous plants.


Learn More About Heat and Drought Tolerant Annuals Through These Resources:

Patent Information: Angelface® Super Blue Angelonia hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Angelface® Super Pink Angelonia hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Angelface® Super White Angelonia hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Angelface® Perfectly Pink Angelonia hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Snow Princess® Lobularia hybrid 'Inlbusnopr' USPP 21,594, Can 4,189; Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Jet Black Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP-021SHJB' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Timeless Lavender Pelargonium hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Supertunia® Vista Fuchsia Petunia hybrid 'BHTUN65301' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

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Anonymous Sun, 07/23/2017 - 9:46am

Hello, I'm loving the newer color combos this year.
Please tell me the names of the shorter flowers in front of the white Angelface flowers in the lamppost picture.
With the additional of a few purple fountain grasses, and some allysum, I would love that planting in my front yard.
I'm more of an annual flower type gardener.
Thank you in advance.

Sarah Geoghegan's picture
Sarah Geoghegan Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:07am

Those are Supertunia® Vista Fuchsia you can find them here:

Happy Gardening!

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