So, what does grow good in this heat?
I'm having to reevaluate my plans for an english type garden in my raised flowerbed after this summer's heat. I wanted roses, daylilies and lots of perennials for color, but I'm having to water three times a day to keep most of it alive and as of tomorrow, we are on water restriction. The only thing that's handling the heat without any problems is my Drift roses. Anything else besides cactus and yucca plants doing fairly well for you? What about dwarf crape myrtles? Do you think they would tolerate this weather? My mother has several dwarf bottlebrushes that aren't even phased by the heat, so I may add a couple of those next year. I'm just a little worried that the cold winters might get to them since it is a raised bed. What about ornamental grasses? The previous owner had cannas and I took them out, because I'm not that crazy about them. I may need to put some back in. Some of the things that are struggling are shasta daisies, echinacea, coreopsis, dalilies. These are all first year plants, so I don't know if they would do better after a couple of years (if they make it through this one). Out of desperation for some color, I threw some zinnia seeds out there and they're doing wonderful.