Easy Flowers that Hold Up to Summer Heat in the Midwest Let the prairie be your inspiration for a terrific summer display that stands up to the heat. Purple coneflower is a hardworking poster child, but many more excellent natives also bloom prolifically when the temperature soars Win Landscapes, Landscapes Plants, Butterflies Weed, Asclepias Tuberosa, Easy Flower, Weed Asclepias, Gardens, Gardening, Summer Heat
Angelonia This adaptable flower is sometimes called summer snapdragon. Its spikes of purple, white, or pink flowers appear all summer long, no matter how high the mercury rises. Name: Angelonia varieties Size: To 2 feet tall or more Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, but well-drained soil
Bluebeard Shrub. This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-9
Dazzling blooms and surprising hues give sunflowers real flower power. Try one -- or more! -- of these towering, sun-loving annuals to boost the fun factor in your Midwest garden. From the July/August 2010 Issue of Midwest Living. Sunflowers will make you smile no matter what variety you plant but, hopefully, this list will inspire you!