And Sometimes Even Winter!

Living in Utah has its benefits. But gardening and landscaping is not one of them. Summer months in Utah can be harsh on precious plants and no matter how hard you work, sometimes it’s not enough to battle the dry heat. So we have come up with a list of five plants that can withstand the hot summer months.

1. Angels trumpet

This plant can grow up to 20 feet tall. They do well in well drained soil and will last all the way to the winter months. They can be stored indoors during the winter and planted next spring. A cautionary word of advice: angels trumpet is poisonous when eaten. It’s great if you have little critters you would like to keep out of the garden, but gardeners with small children should take caution when planting angels trumpet.

2. Love-lies-bleeding

This plant can bring a unique twist to your summer garden. They can stand up to five feet tall with breathtaking, vibrant colors. This plant is best started from a seed directly into the soil because it can be hard to get your hands on a grown and potted love-lies-bleeding. They will also last throughout the winter so this plant can be a long term companion for your garden.

3. Aloe vera

Aloe is a classic plant to have in your garden this summer. They can grow up to three feet tall and last nearly 100 years if they are well taken care of. The return of this plant far outweighs the maintenance. Aloe can be used to treat burns and used as an ingredient in desserts such as jello. They retain a lot of water so watering is a must, but other than that this plant doesn’t need any more attention.

4. Mexican sunflower

This flower can give your garden the pop of color that you’re looking for. They will attract bees, birds, and butterflies. It is important that this plant gets full sun exposure and plenty of water. This flower will reach 4-5 feet on average if proper care is given.

5. Strawflowers

You won’t find a more resistant flower for your garden this summer than this one. The heat isn’t a problem for this flower and they only need one thing from you … water. Depending on your location you might only need to water this plant once a week. If you notice the plant is starting to fade you can water it 2-3 times a week and it should be good as new.

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