My daughter bought this plant for me to add some color to a bare area in front of my home. So, I guess I can't truly say that I grew it from the start. It was full of the beautiful purple blooms and got even fuller as the days and months went by. The heat did not seem to bother it too much. I am not very good about watering plants on a daily or sometimes weekly basis even. This plant was determined to add beauty to my home in spite of me. Here it is, Dec. 29th, 2016 and although it survived several hard frosts and a freeze (8 deg.) it has just in the past 2 days given up the ghost, as they say. I am ready to look for another one as soon as they become available so I can enjoy it even longer. I don't believe anyone will be disappointed with this beautiful plant. It really mounds up fast and needs to be in a size of pot that will really allow it to spread.