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
Coneflowers grow best in full sun, but will tolerate some light shade. They bloom from early summer to fall and are attractive to birds and butterflies.
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
Bee Balm Bee balm is an old-fashioned favorite that produces flowers in shades of red to pink, lavender, and purple. It grows in heavy, clay soil, attracts hummingbirds, and is deer- and rabbit-resistant. Needs regular to ample water. Name: Monarda selections Zones: 3-9
Allium Deer-resistant, summer-blooming bulbs show off purple globelike blossoms. Look for late-blooming varieties such as Allium Millennium (shown) and Allium tuberosum. Zones: 4-9 Size: 18-36 inches tall; 12-18 inches wide.