The Q&A Archives: Heat loving flowers and shrubs

Question: I live in Georgia and it is very dry and hot here, not much rain. My husband and I have tilled our flower beds up to start a new one sinece everything died when the previous owners left. What types of plants are good for a flower bed against the house in direct sunlight all day and night. This is our first flower bed and we don't know what to plant in the front of the house and around our drive

Answer: Some of the best perennials for hot, dry locations include: Lantana 'Miss Huff' (Miss Huff Lantana), Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower), Salvia guaranitica (Hummingbird Sage), Salvia leucantha (Mexican Sage), Ruellia brittoniana (Mexican Sunflower), Rudbeckia triloba (Black Eyed Susan), Stachys byzantina (Lambs ears), Artemesia 'Silver King' (Silver King) and Kniphofia uvaria (Red Hot Poker). There are lots of other choices and the University of Georgia has a series of publications to help you find other suitable plants. Check out their website:

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