Hot Summer Plants

Summer is officially here, and we are already getting a taste of the Texas heat. Higher temperatures are to be expected and that’s why it is important to plant wisely and plan ahead. To help with your gardening success, we have created a list of gorgeous plants that can take the heat for lasting color throughout the summer months!


heat tolerant plants



cora xdr vinca

Cora® XDR Vincas are as beautiful as they are tough. Did you know XDR stands for extreme disease resistance? They have a higher resistance to disease and drought. Their improved genetics enhance their performance, durability, and ability to thrive in our Texas climate. Cora XDR® love the sun because they originated from a hot and drier climate. With the proper care, Cora XDR® will thrive throughout our Texas summer.

To learn more about Cora XDR® Vincas, explore how to Plant Vinca for the Summer!




Pentas are known for their star-shaped flowers in shades of reds, purples, pinks and more. While delicate in appearance, this plant can take the heat. Native to Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar, Pentas are warm region tropical blooming plants. Pentas grow well in container gardens and flowerbeds, and they are a great choice for attracting beneficial pollinators to your outdoor space.



yellow coneflowers

Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are low-maintenance perennials with large, colorful flowers.  They are heat and drought tolerant with blooms that return year after year. Coneflowers are fast growers and self-sow their seeds with gusto. These are tough native flowers and a popular choice for attracting butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden!




Purslane contains cup-shaped blooms in striking shades of pinks, reds, yellows, and more! Purslane grows in a dense, mounding habit with small succulent leaves. The flowers bloom all summer long making them an ideal choice for hanging baskets, containers, or as a unique groundcover. A lover of Texas summers, Purslane is heat and drought tolerant.



orange zinnias

Zinnias have fast-growing blooms that love the sun. Zinnias produce daisy-like flowers with dense, green foliage. They can create massive bursts of color in your garden and can grow to be 14-16 inches tall. Zinnias are a favorite to our fellow pollinators, and they are heat and drought tolerant.



yucca plants

Red Yucca is a stately succulent plant with arching, grass-like foliage. The spikes of flowers are long blooming and bring a fine and delicate texture to your garden composition. A must-have for sunny landscapes, Red Yucca should only be planted in full sunlight. Red Yucca is drought-tolerant and great for attracting hummingbirds to your landscape.




To better serve you, at Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your Texas summer garden! Shop our local open-air stores or shop online for Curbside Pickup or delivery! Stop by today and explore the beautiful selection now! Have questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals; they are here to help!