Answer: It's undoubtedly the heat that causes most annuals in your area to stop blooming. You can prolong the flowering season in your garden by choosing annuals and perennials known to thrive in hot spots. Some suggestions include these ever-faithful plants noted for growing well under arid conditions: Anemone, Aquilegia (dwarf columbine), Armeria (thrift or sea pink), Asters, Aubrieta, Campanula (bellflower), Dianthus, Dodecatheon (shooting star), Gentiana, Gypsophila, Papaver burseri (alpine poppy), Penstemon, trailing Phlox, and Echeveria. Hope these suggestions help turn your garden into a showplace!
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