My side garden by the driveway gets hot. So hot that many flowers won't grow by the brick wall that gets even hotter. I have a nice stand of Black Eyed Susans and a few Cone Flowers, white and purple.They are fairly easy to grow.
Last summer I bought a green, a true orange and a light pink. I gave them a nice spot in the garden, watered them in.
They came back this spring.
Unfortunately, we had a very hot and dry summer. My new flowers struggled to grow. Most of them won't bloom this summer. I tried to keep them watered, but it was too hot. We had one of the hottest July's on record. Hopefully they will do better next year.
I love the more colorful Cone Flowers, but I finally realized that they need too much care. With several venues online and doing art shows I need plants that I can water and they will thrive.
Cathy August 3, 2011