Plants that thrive in heat

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Unless you’re in the cooler coastal or San Francisco areas, perennials such as Nemesia, Osteospermum, and Erysimum will shy from the heat. Summer-loving perennials such as Calibrachoa, Lantana, Verbena, Wave Petunia, and Pelargonium will last longer. Salvias are starting to arrive and soon you will have at least 15 to 20 different kinds to choose from. Check out the Salvia Golden Delicious. It’s our new favorite!

Annuals that thrive in sun and hotter weather are Cosmos, Nicotiana, Zinnia, Salvia splendens (in red, purple, and peach!), Petunias, Vinca rosea (Calycanthus) and Portulaca. Shade-loving plants are Impatiens, Fibrous Begonias, and Coleus.

2 comments on "Plants that thrive in heat"

  • Lorraine

    Will Salvia splendens grow in partial sun in San Francisco?

  • Sloat Garden Center

    Salvia splendens is best in full sun — 4 to 6hrs minimum, including mid-day sun. Morning sun can result in more leggy growth, less flowers and better chance of bug issues. If they’re in 4hrs of afternoon sun (including midday), they should be fine.

    Salvia splendens is not available at this time of year, they usually start appearing around Mar/April and are available till about August/September.

    Thanks for the question!

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