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The Best Water-Efficient Plants for Hotter Climates

People who live in warm climates (USDA planting zones 8 through 10) know how important is for them to find plants for their containers, yards and flower beds that not only tolerate the sometimes-unfriendly weather conditions, but also are easy to care for. Having such warm temperatures can make it hard to keep up with proper care and having inappropriate plants that thrive in cooler planting zones doubles the effect which can result in dying plants and lost money. Not something any gardening enthusiast wants to see happen. Whether or not you are doing this yourself or using lawn services, if you are looking to make your yard more water-efficient without being beautiful, there are some good plants to consider.

To help the hot weather horticulturalists out there in zones 8, 9, and 10 here is a carefully curated list of the best water-efficient plants for hotter climates.

Best Water-Efficient and Heat-Tolerant Plants for Container Gardens and Planting Boxes

Container gardens, deck planting boxes, and window boxes are great ways to add a splash of color outside the home, and they are easy to set up and maintain. Let’s pick out a few plants that will do well in hotter temperatures:

Lantana (Lantana camara)

Available in a variety of colors, Lantana is a perfect choice to fill your deck rail planter or container garden because of its graceful tendency to trail over the edges. Well-suited for warm, dry climates, Lantana is a favorite of butterflies.

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

This flowering succulent as a high-heat, low-moisture, and poor soil workhorse for container gardens and regular garden spots alike. White, pink, yellow, purple, the many colors of the fluffy blooms are sure to please.


Best Water-Efficient and Heat-Tolerant Plants for Flower Beds

If you’ve got a little more space for a garden, there are plenty of water-efficient and heat-tolerant plants you can choose to fill it with. Along with the sunny Moss Rose, here are some ideas to get you started:

Geranium (Pelargonium)

These colorful water-efficient and heat-tolerant plants are perfect for flower beds, containers, and hanging baskets. Their blooms cover a large part of the color spectrum with everything to white, pink, salmon, red and purple. CARE TIP: When the blooms of a geranium dry up, simply pinch them off and they will return with a vengeance. Be sure to also pick off the leaves when they become wilted and dry.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis)

Because of its climbing nature, a Bougainvillea is also sometimes referred to as a tree. But you can easily use it at the back edge of your flower bed to add some depth. Just be sure to have a trellis that it can climb. This amazing water-efficient plant will be the star of your flower bed with its amazing array of colors.


Best Water-Efficient and Heat-Tolerant Shrubs and Trees for Hotter Climates

Moving farther out in your yard we now come to shrubs and trees. What are the best choices if you live in a warm climate? Here are some options you might want to consider:

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

The Crape Myrtle is a staple of many a Southern landscape. Its delicate blossoms come in a variety of colors from purple to pink, red, and white. The Crape Myrtle is a definite sun-lover, the more sun the prettier the blooms it seems. Depending on how you prune it, a Crape Myrtle can grow as either a shrub or a tree.

Yellow Poplar or Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

If you live in a hotter climate and need something that will grow quickly and provide shade, you may want to go for a Yellow (Tulip) Poplar Tree. These majestic trees have been known to grow as much as 8 ft. per year. The dark green leaves provide a good contrast to all your other colorful plants and shrubs. Once established, this tree will offer up orange trimmed blooms at the age of 10 to 15 years. The Tulip Poplar is also suitable for cooler climates.


Author Bio:   Reggie Moore is a Freelance Writer. Regular guy. Reggie is always looking for Moore to learn about.

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