Summer Garden

Tough Guys All, They Stand Up to the Heat

It’s been around 90 degrees and no rain in sight.  I have to water the vegetable garden daily but only once or twice a week for the rest of the garden.  The flower plot along the driveway doesn’t get any water at all.  I let mother nature take care of them.  Most of them are self-sown and they weather the heat pretty well.  Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia), Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata), and Coreopsis don’t seem to mind the heat and drought.  Actually, the variety of Echinacea in the garden are doing well when it’s so dry like this.  No flopping and no mildewing.  The only problem is they’re getting too crowded.  I’ll have to weed some of them out next spring.

Garden Phlox, Echinacea, Coreopsis, Bee balm along the driveway. They’re all self-sown.
Echinacea and Rudbeckia along the driveway.
Bee balm and Rugosa rose “Mrs. Doreen Pike” still bloom under the heat.
Don’t underestimate this little Coreopsis, it will grow even in a little crack in the walkway.
Echinacea “Sun Rise” really stands up to the sun.

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