Living in Southern California, it can feel like summer all year round. However, the actual summer is not a joke! Summers in the Calabasas area are both hot and dry. This climate makes it very difficult to have beautiful, vibrant flowers in full bloom during this season. In this article, you will find a list of some of the most heat and drought-resistant Southern California flowers that will add color to your landscaping throughout the summer season!
Originating in Latin America, Zinnias are well adapted to constant sun and hot temperatures. While these beauties bloom from June to November, they are annuals, meaning you must replant them each year. Zinnias can be found in a wide variety of colors. Each color is incredibly bright and vivid with lush, dense petals, making it a statement flower of the garden.
2. Black-Eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans are distinguishable flowers, with golden petals surrounding a black coned center. They thrive in high-temperature soil, needing at least 70 degrees or higher to reproduce, and reproduce they will!
3. Gerber Daises
Gerber Daisies, one of the most popular commercial flowers worldwide, are gorgeous summer blooms. Daisies are known for being resilient and low maintenance, making them an excellent plant for the hot California summers. Gerbers come in various colors, allowing you to match them perfectly with your other flower choices.
If you’ve driven around Southern California, it is difficult to miss the Delphinium flowers. Also called Larkspur, delphiniums bloom in the late spring to late summer. They have a wonderful blue or black color. These vertical plants are incredibly striking and will be a great addition to your landscape.
If you’re looking for a plant that is native to the region, try the California Buckwheat. This flower comes in many varieties and forms and has a beautiful clustered appearance. The plant itself and its flowers range in color, starting with white, pink, red, or yellow blossoms, fading into deep reds, browns, and blacks later in the season. They are beautiful plants to have in the garden year-round.
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