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5 Container Plants That Thrive in Heat

As we hit the height of summer you might notice that some of your plants are wilting in the heat. Maybe you didn’t realize the plant you choose couldn’t thrive in the hot summer conditions. Well, it’s not too late to plan ahead! Here are some plants to add to your garden that can handle the heat!

If you’re looking for heat-tolerant plants that can take the summer rays, look no further than these five beauties that you can grow in containers. They’ll add color and life to your porch or patio, and they won’t wilt in the heat.

So, get ready to start planting, and enjoy watching these plants thrive in the hottest weather!

Canna Lily

Canna Lily
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The canna lily is a heat-tolerant, tropical plant that thrives in hot weather. It’s beautiful blooms come in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, pink, and orange. Although canna lily is native to the tropics, it can be grown in most climates as well as in containers.

The canna lily prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is a drought-tolerant plant but it does need regular watering.

This gorgeous flowering plant is relatively low-maintenance as it doesn’t require much fertilizing, but will benefit from a monthly feeding during the growing season.

It’s an excellent plant for containers – It should be grown in a large pot about 18 inches to accommodate the root ball and have drainage holes. They appreciate slightly acidic soil.


Zinnia orange flower
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When temperatures start to climb, most plants start to wilt but not zinnias! These heat-loving annuals are some of the toughest plants around, and they just keep on blooming through the dog days of summer.

If you’re looking for a plant that can take the heat, a zinnia is a great choice. Here are a few things to know about these heat-tolerant plants.

Zinnias come in a wide range of colors, so you’re sure to find one that fits your garden’s color scheme.

These flowers are relatively easy to care for. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil with an alkaline pH of less then 7.2 and they’ll bloom all season long with regular deadheading.

Zinnias are great for cutting, so be sure to snip a few stems to bring indoors. These flowers make beautiful bouquets! Even grow them in containers so you can move their bright colors around your patio and deck.


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Sunflowers are native to North America and thrive in hot, dry climates. They’re also one of the easiest plants to grow from seed.

Sunflowers are heat tolerant and drought resistant. They prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

They can be susceptible to root rot if the soil is too wet or poorly drained. To prevent this, make sure the planting bed is well-drained and only water when the top inch of soil is dry.

If you’re looking for a plant that will add some height to your container garden, sunflowers are a great option. They can grow up to 1 foot tall in containers and produce large, showy flowers.


a blooming orange marigold
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A favorite of many gardeners, marigolds are heat-loving plants that come in a variety of colors. They’re also known for being great companion plants, so they can help deter pests in your garden.

Marigolds are one of the heat-tolerant plants that can thrive in hot summer weather. They are annuals that bloom profusely from mid-summer to fall. Marigolds come in many colors, including yellow, orange, and red. Planting these stunning annuals is a great way to add color to your garden during the hottest months of the year.

There are several things you can do to ensure that your marigolds will thrive in the heat and in containers.

First, choose a variety that is known to be heat tolerant and pick a nice sunny spot on a windowsill or patio to set your lovely container of marigolds. If your planting them in the garden, make sure to do the same and give them a place that gets lots of sun.

Second, make sure you keep the soil around your marigolds moist by watering regularly. Marigolds enjoy slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 or below.

Finally, deadhead the spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.


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If you’re looking for a heat-tolerant plant to add to your container garden, the hibiscus is a great option. The hibiscus plant thrives in temperatures below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This tropical plant is known for its large, showy flowers, and it’s surprisingly easy to care for.

Hibiscus plants need full sun and well-drained soil. They’re drought-tolerant and can reach up to 8 to 10 feet tall, but there are also dwarf varieties available that are great to plant in containers.

When it comes to watering, hibiscus plants like to be kept moist but not wet. In hot weather, they may need to be watered every day. Be sure to test the soil prior to watering, as overwatering can cause root rot.

Fertilize your container hibiscus plant every week during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.

Hibiscus plants can be susceptible to aphids and whiteflies. If you notice any pests on your plant, treat them with an insecticidal soap or neem oil solution.

With a little care hibiscus could be your new favorite summer flower!

Let The Sun Shine!

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to plant some beautiful heat-tolerant plants in your garden. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, hopefully this list gives you some ideas for adding gorgeous flowers and plants to your yard.

Have you planted any of these yet? Let us know how it goes in the comments below! And if you have any tips or tricks for keeping them healthy in the summer sun, be sure to share those too!