New England has its fair share of blizzards but lucky for us, we also get to experience the warmer side of the weather spectrum during July and August. Although temperatures in the metro Boston area commonly subside within the mid to low eighty’s, we can sometimes experience the occasional heat wave. Since most of us are more accustomed to the chillier days of the year, a day of ninety-degree weather can sometimes make us a bit uncomfortable and dare I say-anticipating January and February once again. But did you know that our flower and vegetable beds crave the heat causing seedlings and fruit to germinate at a healthy rate. With the necessary watering, gardens can boom to three times the expected size during a season of muggy humidity. Still not sold on the importance of steamy July and August months? Take a look at these varieties that will make you thank Mother Nature for an extra fiery summer in New England!
This is a fantastic flower to grow during the blazing New England summer months because it is both draught and heat resistant. They are best started by seed indoors and then can be transplanted to a regular garden once the fear of a frost has passed. When they’re ready, make sure you place them in a full-sun location since they’ll only grow taller and bigger with this type of environment.
Cosmos are the #1 first choice for my garden because even if I’m having a lousy growing season, I can always depend on cosmos to be spectacular! Having the capability to re-seed itself, they can grow extremely tall so staking the stems may be necessary. Be sure not to over water and allow full sunshine to increase bud productivity.
Lantana is the answer to your prayers if you have a place in your yard that has difficulty providing the right outer elements for successful growing. Craving little moisture, this fuss free plant is a knockout in the scorching temperatures and comes in a wide variety of stunning colors. Another bonus of this plant is that critters such as rabbits despise the scent so you will find it beneficial to place the flower around your vegetable crops.