The Q&A Archives: Flowers for Hot Spots

Question: We have a very hot garden spot located next to a chimney which gets a lot of afternoon Colorado sun. We are looking for plants which will provide summer color and cut flowers and will survive a relatively hot, unexposed (to the wind) and dry location. If dry is the problem, we can tap into a close-by sprinkler line. Have tried Daylilies, which do marginally.

Answer: Try tithonia (Mexican sunflower), and some regular sunflowers (Helianthus). The latter come in many colors, heights and bloom size, and all make great cut flowers. Once the plants get established, they should need little or no supplemental water. If you'd rather grow perennials, yarrows (Achillea sp.) also offer a wide range of colors, and are excellent for bouquets.

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