Verbena The numerous selections of this flower are some of the gardens most colorful, useful, and easy-to-grow plants. They bloom in late spring, thrive in heat, and tolerate drought. One of Southern Livings Top 10 Plants to Beat the Summer Heat.
A great annual flower for hot, dry beds near a driveway or other sun-baked site, portulaca is as fuss-free as they come. It is bright and cheerful, creeping happily along hot spots and flowering all summer.