6 plants that love the heat

The garden is heating up! I’ve found 6 plants that love the heat in my quest for the perfect plants for my sunny, hot, rooftop garden in the subtropics. These are plants that have stood the test of time in my garden.I’ll start with the ones I have in my garden and work down to the ones I covet to have in my garden.

6 plants that love the heat!

  1. Hymenecallis festalis: It flowers from June to July, likes full sun and partial shade, is very heat tolerant and likes to be kept moist. To tell the truth, I let the Spring rains do their job and it comes back to life, blooms and then I let it go dormant. I really don’t do much to it at all. It should be divided, but I’ve neglected to even do that! Nature takes care of it as it has done for the past who- knows-how-many years. It’s a bulb, so it is perennial.6 plants that love the heat
  2. Catharanthus roseus (Periwinkle): Native to the West Indies, this herb is great value because it also lives on neglect and still rewards me with blooms every month of the year! I love it! It loves full sun, but will tolerate some shade, takes the heat amazingly well and is drought-tolerant. This plant has poisonous parts.6 plants that love the heat
  3. Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia): Native of Central America and Southern Mexico, it has made itself right at home in my garden. It blooms from November to March, likes sun or part sun, tolerates heat and should be kept evenly moist. It will look sad if it is left to dry out. The sap of Poinsettia is poisonous, so take care.6 plants that love the heat
  4. Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns): Native of Madagascar, it is another good value plant as it blooms all year too. It loves the sun and can take a fair bit of heat as well. It is poisonous as well, but unlike it’s relative, the Poinsettia, it is drought-tolerant.6 plants that love the heat
  5. Kalanchoe pinnata (Bryophyllum pinnatum) Air Plant: Native to tropical Africa and Asia, it’s flowering period is March to June. It can take hot sun and some shade, tolerates a lot of heat, but will survive in a bit cooler temperatures, and is drought tolerant. It’s a prolific self seeder, but they are easy to pull out.6 plants that love the heat
  6. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Chinese Hibiscus): Native to tropical Asia, this plant needs full sun to get the best bloom and loves heat. It should be kept moist, but requires good drainage. It should be kept away from drafts and frost, (not a worry in my garden, but if growing it in colder climates, you need to bring it inside for the winter and continue to provide the conditions it likes best.) It will reward you with blooms that last a day all year long.6 plants that love the heat

There are more than these 6 plants that love the heat to consider, but I also have to consider the size of my tiny rooftop garden. I have a few more that I covet to have in my garden, soooo…..

The following plants are on my wish list:

  1. Passiflora alata (Winged-Stem Passion Flower): Blooms all year.6 plants that love the heat
  2. Bourgainvillea: Blooms from March to November and loves heat and tolerates drought at times.6 plants that love the heat
  3. Tibouchina semidecandra (Glory Bush): It blooms from March to December and loves the heat.6 plants that love the heat

Do you dream of having a touch of the tropical in your garden this year? You can try a few of these plants to bring an instant feel of the tropics to your garden. Just remember that they are heat-loving plants and need to be brought inside for the winter.

What tropical plants are you going to plant this year to bring paradise closer to home?


  • Pinaki says:

    lovely post….Don’t forget fragrant flowers like Gardenia.jasmines,Hedychiam (ginger lily)…they will little heaven and will tolerate the heat with adequate watering….lovely post

  • Nadea says:

    Hi Pinaki! You’re right, there are lots of heat loving plants out there. I was focusing on the ones that can take the full blast of heat from the sun and heat radiation from the concrete. The ones you mentioned all appreciate some protection from the searing sun, don’t they? I really appreciate your comments, by the way, so keep them coming! Have a great day!

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