As we enter August in Southern California, where the weather is hottest at this point of the year, it is essential to choose heat-resistant flowers that can thrive in these conditions. Heat-resistant flowers tolerate high temperatures, intense sunlight, and limited water availability. Here are some popular heat-resistant flowers that can flourish in Southern California:
Bougainvillea, which can be found all over our beautiful state, is a vibrant flowering plant known for its colorful bracts. They are highly heat-tolerant and drought-resistant once established. Bougainvillea comes in various colors and can be grown anywhere from on fences to walls. This plant is perfect for California as it likes to be kept dry, making it the perfect garden adornment for the ongoing drought.
Lantana is a great choice for hot climates due to its ability to withstand high temperatures and dry conditions. This low-maintenance flower enjoys full sun and is available in various colors like pink and yellow. Its tiny flowers attract butterflies, making it a great addition to any garden if you love your insect friends.
Also known as moss rose, Portulaca is an annual, low-growing succulent with colorful flowers that bloom in full sun. It's an excellent option for hot, dry areas as they dislike too much water and look fantastic as ground cover or to surround your fencing and house with.
Zinnias are easy-to-grow annuals that come in a variety of colors and sizes. Colors include red, orange, purple, yellow, and white. They are heat-tolerant and can add a vibrance of color to your garden throughout the summer. These flowers like
upkeep, so it’s important to be sure to deadhead the old flowers to stimulate the growth of new ones.
When planting heat-resistant flowers in Southern California, it is essential to prepare the soil with organic matter to improve water retention and drainage. Additionally, mulching around the plants can help conserve moisture and keep the soil cool during hot, dry periods. While all these plants are heat resistant, it’s important to do your research on how much water each one needs. Over-watering your plants can be a waste and may also kill your garden.
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Updated: Feb 22
As Californians, we are lucky to live in such a nice, warm climate. But sometimes, the winter days hit us harder than usual, and we need a little something to spice up our life – or yard!
With California’s Mediterranean climate we are lucky to be able to still have beautiful flowers all year round. Here are a few that can add more liveliness and color around your home.
Yellow and elegant, winter jasmine is known in Chinese as “The flower that welcomes Spring”. A lively addition to your yard, winter jasmine can thrive in cold and hot temperatures making it the perfect perennial. Winter jasmine does best with regular watering, especially during those hot SoCal summers and a bit of trimming from time to time.
Seen all over Southern California, these flowers come in a multitude of colors and their beautiful form will surely add personality to your yard or garden. Hydrangeas are a lovely flower because of their easy care. This flower has two main requirements: morning sun and afternoon shade and a well-draining soil.
Pansies are a delicate, low-maintenance flower that can add so much calm to the surroundings of your domicile. These dainty flowers enjoy the same amount of sunshine as the hydrangea and do well in Southern California winters because of the sunshine.
Pansies should be planted about a foot apart from each other. They are relatively low maintenance and can provide more character to your home.
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Photo by Shannon Palmer
Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators to reproduce. It is estimated that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.
During a flower visit, a pollinator may brush against the flower’s reproductive
parts, unknowingly depositing pollen from a different flower. The plant then uses the pollen to produce a fruit or seed. Many plants cannot reproduce without pollen carried to them by foraging pollinators so it is a vital part of agriculture.
Planting flowers in your garden can not only provide beauty, but can also be a veritable smorgasbord for pollinators as they prefer a blooming buffet of nectar rich flowers. There are many to choose from that are heat and drought tolerant, fast growing and colorful. Many bloom all year long here in Southern California!
The serenity of sitting on your porch, or peering out your window and seeing the fluttering creatures enjoying your garden cannot be underestimated. Some of the best flowering plants to attract pollinators for Southern California can be found here: http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/plants-pollination/view-all
Choosing what flowers you plant can actually help create an ecosystem in your own yard. At Pacific Vista Landscape Services, we are experts on all types of flowers. We are dedicated to maintaining the beauty and value of your garden and are here for all your landscaping needs!