Keep your flowers and greenery looking fresh with worry-free gardening during the peak of summer. These easygoing plants can take it when the heat’s on outside. They can handle a bit of neglect during the dog days of summer. They won’t even mind some vacation time.
So go ahead, plant them in the garden and in window boxes, pots, hanging baskets and urns.
8 Plants for Worry-Free Gardening
Showy Rio dipladenias bring lots of color even in the hottest heat. No deadheading required. Just plant and watch them bloom. How easy is that! Try a Rio hanging basket for a change of pace. Pull them indoors and overwinter for returning color.
Sunflowers and summer go together like bees and pollen. Drought-tolerant sunflowers grow almost anywhere your garden gets sun. About the only support these beauties need is plant support.
Whether in planters or in garden beds, geraniums require little fuss. Their colorful flowers attract butterflies.
Find out more about geraniums.
Pictured above, stonecrop sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ brings a colorful display to your landscape when it changes to russet red heading into fall.
5. Ornamental grasses
You won’t have to worry about ornamental grasses in your garden in summer. They’ll look feathery and light all season long, even during dry spells.
Learn more about the types of ornamental grasses and tips for planting.
With its fragrant perfume and pretty purple spikes, lavender is a garden showstopper. It’s also a resilient, low-maintenance herb you’ll want in your outdoor space.
Shade-loving hosta doesn’t need much and will grow back year after year. Plant hosta in containers or in the ground and forget about them.
Every few years, you can divide hosta for additional garden plants.