Top 10 Garden Plants That Soak up the Summer Sun

Ornamental Gardening
// April 5, 2018
Canna indica plant which soak up summer heat

April is here, and the minimum temperature is 38 degree Celsius. If we are feeling on edge in this scorching heat, imagine what our garden plants might be going through. Don’t fret! Instead of giving up gardening in these heat laiden months, grow Garden Plants That Soak up the Summer Sun. To make it a little easy for you, we have listed 10 superstar plants below.

Top 10 Plants That Absorb Heat:

1. Marigold

From marriage ceremonies to festival celebrations, Marigold aka Calendula is a prominent flower in India. It belongs to the Compositae family, and is cultivated throughout the country, all around the year. Available in an array of attractive shapes and sizes, Marigolds have a short cropping period, minimal investment and care. Marigolds are available in 2 varieties – French Marigolds and African Marigolds. French Marigolds are short, and their flowers are small in size; while African Marigolds are tall and their blooms are pretty large. Bright and cheery, these bright flowers are bound to freshen up your garden.

Tagetes erecta

2. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is an extensive genus of plants that belong to the Malvaceae family. Native to warm temperate and tropical regions, it is cultivated as an ornamental plant for its showy flowers. In India, Hibiscus is offered to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Kali. In the first five months, the plant requires about 12-13 hours of sunlight. Thus, this is an ideal time to grow it. To thrive well, Hibiscus plant requires coarse soil that is neutral to slightly acidic.

Hibiscus summer plant

3. Sunflowers

Sunflowers are rightly known as the happy flowers of a summer garden. An annual plant, it grows with big daisy-like flowers, bright yellow petals, brown centers that mature as heavy heads filled with seeds. Mostly drought and heat tolerant, sunflowers are easy to grow only if the soil is not waterlogged. Attractive to bees and birds, they also make excellent cut flowers. Sunflowers prefer 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, nutrient-rich and well-draining soil.

Tuscany sunflowers

4. Zinnia

One of the most easy plants to grow, Zinnias proliferate and bloom heavily. Offering a massive burst of colours, these flowers are loved by the butterflies. The best part about growing Zinnias in a summer garden is its bright, solitary, daisy-like flower heads that bloom on a single, erect stem.  Dahlia flowered Zinnia is the most common type that grows up to 3 feet tall. The other types are known as cactus-flowered. Zinnias could be grown in mixed border gardens, edging, window boxes or containers. These lovelies thrive well in full-sun, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Buy Zinnia double mix seeds online.

heat absorbing plant - zinnia

5. Canna

Tapering ruffled spikes to colourful summer bulbs, Canna lilies are the most colourful and flamboyant summer flowers. Available in a wide variety of colours, veined or paddle-shaped leaves and stalks in green or bronze shades, these flowers make a garden look enticing. Their reedy canes and palmy foliage makes them look magnificent even if the flowers haven’t bloomed. Cannas prefer abundant sunlight and fertile, moist soil.  

Canna indica

6. Mogra

Mogra is one of the most common flowers cultivated in Indian gardens. Loved for its intoxicating aroma and gorgeous white flowers, it is adored and adorned by one and all. Mogra plant is dwarf growing shrub with almost stalkless leaves and wavy margins. The plant can be grown as a short climber too. The heavy scented white flowers are borne in clusters of 3 to 12 and may be single, semi-double or perfectly double. The plant flowers mainly in the summer and rainy seasons, but several other flushes during other parts of the year are quite common. Read about Growing Mogra.

Mogra summer flower

7. Balsam

Balsam plants bear Camellia like double or single flowers with pink, scarlet, salmon pink, red, lilac, white, blue, mauve etc. It is ideal for flower beds, pots, paths and borders. Its scientific name Impatiens balsamina is derived from the Latin word impatience. Balsam prefers 6-8 hours of sunlight and high-quality rich soil.

Balsam summer flower

8. Coleus

A perennial (sometimes annual) herbaceous plant very often grown in the garden for its colourful foliage. The plants grow in the height of 30-50 cm. Coleus is more commonly grown as a pot plant and is a favourite of windowsill gardens. Few dwarf types are also suitable for carpet bedding. It is observed that pot bound Coleus plants develop better leaf colour. 4-6 hours of sunlight and humus rich potting mixture is ideal for growing Coleus.

Coleus plant

9. Celosia Cockscomb

A very popular and easy to grow annual, Celosia Cockscomb grows up to 25-50 cm in height. The plant has branching growth habit and produces feathery flower spikes in a pyramidal fashion resembling Ostrich Plumes. It features various colours like silver, yellow, golden yellow, red, orange etc. A variety, Celosia cristata produces large flower heads which are crested and resemble Cock’s comb. Plants grow much better in the well-drained sandy soil, open sunny situation and plenty of watering.’

Celosia argentea

10. Kalanchoe

These are succulent ornamental plants native to tropical Asia, Africa and America. Leaves are fleshy, and their cuttings can be used for vegetative propagation. The plants produce attractive, colourful flowers which can last long in bouquets and flowerpots. The branches producing flowers die off after blooming is over, but new growth appears from the base of the plant. Kalanchoe plants like rich, porous soil. Seeds are very minute and should not be covered after sowing. Buy Kalanchoe flowering plants.

Kalanchoe flowering plant

Let us know which ones are you planning to grow this summer. We would love to help you with seeds, planters, gardening tools and self-watering cans.

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