If you lived in a cooler part of the United States and love to garden, you likely did not have a lot of problems. Now that you live in a hot area, you will have to do some things differently. There are flowers that simply cannot stand heat, and even if you purchase flowers that can, they still require a little extra care. To help you below are two tips on how you can keep the flowers thriving this coming up spring.
Choose the Right Flowers
The most important thing you can do is to choose flowers that grow well in hot weather. Annuals, which are flowers that die at the end of each year, are good to grow as they quickly provide you with a burst of color in your flower garden. Some annuals that stand up well to heat include:
- Moss rose
There are also perennials, which are flowers that come back year after year, that grow well in heat including:
- Black-eyed Susan
- Blanket flower
Visit a garden center in your area to find these flowers. The garden center employee can help you choose what would work best in your garden if you need help. Consider the sun requirements, as some flowers like more shade than others. Also check the height so you do not plant tall flowers in front of shorter flowers.
Install Drip Irrigation
Even though these flowers grow well in high heat, they still require water. Instead of watering them by hand, you can make things much easier by installing drip irrigation from a drip irrigation service.
Drip irrigation is a system that automatically waters flowers for you. The water goes directly into the soil and straight to the roots of each flower. One type of drip irrigation is a hose that has small holes running the length of it. You can use as many hoses as you need as they all connect to each other. When finished, the system is attached to a water faucet outside.
When the system is running, water leaks out of these holes slowly and into the soil. If you do not like the look of the hoses in your flower garden, you can cover them up with mulch.
You can purchase a timer to connect to this drip irrigation system that will automatically turn the water off and on for you so you will never have to do anything yourself.
Talk with a landscape contractor about this information. They can give you many more tips on how to grow healthy flowers in your region.