Heat-Tolerant Container Gardens for Sweltering Summers

Grow these hardy container gardens that take the heat for color all season long.

You’re doing your best to beat the heat this summer—shouldn’t your containers do the same? Sweltering temps can take a toll on your favorite planters, so we have a few ideas for you. These plant combination ideas will help you construct a container garden full of heat-resistant plants that will thrive even on triple-digit days. These containers love full sun and heat, and implementing these tips will help your garden coast smoothly through the dog days—calm, cool, and collected. Most of these container gardens require minimal watering, a convenient characteristic that ensures you won’t have to slather on sunscreen morning, noon, and night to keep thirsty planters quenched.

1. Blooming Lantana


You’d never guess that a plant so beautiful would be so hardy. But lantana can stand up to the hottest, driest conditions with ease. (Plus, it’s a draw for butterflies!)

2. Resilient Trio


These three containers make the most of the heat-tolerant plants like geraniums, calibrachoas, and mecardonias. Choosing tough plants with gorgeous, bright blooms brings the best of both worlds to your container—they’re both easy to care for and visually captivating.

3. Evergreen Style

Grow these hardy container gardens that take the heat for color all season long.

Evergreens are good heat-tolerant addition to a summer container garden. Here, we used a base of evergreens and incorporated caladiums, impatiens, and a creeping fig. SunPatiens do especially well in punishing summer conditions.

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