Summer heat and deer browsing can be a huge challenge for southeast landscapes. Following are 15 heat loving perennials that not only sing and burst with color during our hot southern summers, but are deer-resistant as well.
‘Yellow’ butterflyweed is a bushy, fast-growing perennial that is prized for its brilliant flowers. They are one of the monarch’s favorite food sources that will have your yard filled with beautiful butterflies. They start blooming in late spring and continue through the entire summer. Also known as tickseed, they will thrive best in full sun and reach an average of 3x3ft.
‘Red’ butterflyweed is a deer-resistant perennial that stands out with its bright red flowers. Blooming in late spring through summer, this tickseed will have your yard fluttering with butterflies. When planted in full sun they will reach an average of 3x3ft.
‘Paprika’ yarrow is truly one of a kind! The flowers mature from red to pink creating a beautiful multi-colored effect throughout the landscape. Its deer and drought resistance make it a must for yards here in the south. When planted in full sun, ‘Paprika’ yarrow will reach 10-20 inches.
‘Cheyenne Spirit’ echinacea gives you a burst of color from summer to fall with a mix of red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white flowers. Its drought tolerance and deer resistance makes it an irresistible, low maintenance perennial. Plant this coneflower in full sun. Reaching about two feet, it adds height, color, spirit, and beauty to any landscape!
The ‘Pow Wow Wildberry’ echinacea is sure to add some powerful color to the landscape. Its intense rose flowers are complimented beautifully with the dark rose centers. This deer-resistant perennial will mature to about two feet and will do best when planted in full sun.
The ‘Pow Wow White’ coneflower, also known as echinacea, has eye-catching pure white flowers with yellow-gold centers. Its drought tolerance and deer-resistance makes it a perfect selection for our area. From summer to fall, this perennial will make a statement in any landscape!
The fiery orange-red flowers of the ‘Arizona Sun’ gaillardia are sure to add a burst of vibrant color to your landscape. Growing 8-10 inches tall, this deer-resistant blanket flower thrives in full to partial sun. What makes this show-stopper even better? It is drought tolerant making it a low-maintenance beauty for those who occasionally forget about watering. The hotter it is, the more it shines which makes it perfect for Statesboro summers!
The ‘Anne Marie’ lantana is an eye-catching perennial with magenta, orange, and yellow blooms from spring to fall. Its low mounding habit makes it great as a groundcover to add vibrant color to your landscape. When planted in full sun, it will grow to its potential of two feet. Its deer-resistance and drought tolerance make it a low-maintenance option that will be sure to light up your landscape!
The lavender flower clusters of the ‘Lavender Trailing’ lantana add a sense of serenity and beauty to the landscape. This drought tolerant perennial does best in full sun and quickly grows to 1x3ft. The low growing spreading habit of this lantana adds a burst of color to the yard plus they are deer resistant.
The ‘Miss Huff’ lantana adds vibrant colors from pink to orange and yellow that will light up any landscape! Blooming from spring to fall this variety is drought tolerant, deer-resistant, and cold hardy. When planted in full sun, it will quickly reach 4-5ft. The light green foliage of ‘Miss Huff’ compliments beautifully with the stunning blooms, making it an irresistible option.
Looking to brighten up your yard? The golden flower clusters of the ‘New Gold’ lantana will add striking splashes of sunshine throughout your landscape. This drought tolerant and deer-resistant perennial will do best in full sun and will quickly grow to 2x5ft, blooming from spring to fall.
‘Red Spread’ lantana produces bright flowers that open orange and then darken into a deep rich red over dark green foliage. It works wonders as a ground cover or for spreading over the edges of mixed containers. Reaching about 3x3ft, this deer-resistant perennial does best in full sun. If you are looking to add bursts of color to your landscape that is drought tolerant, ‘Red Spread’ lantana is perfect for you!
‘Purple Showers’ ruellia, also known as mexian petunia, bears the most beautiful, tubular, petunia-like purple flowers that bloom almost every day from late spring to fall. ‘Purple Showers’ is extremely easy to grown when planted in full sun with consistently moist soil, reaching 4 feet. When placed together in mass plantings, this deer-resistant perennial makes an even more eye-catching statement in the landscape.
‘Mexican Bush’ sage is another great deer-resistant option if you are looking for a perennial that attracts hummingbirds. Purple flower spikes stand out over gray-green foliage for a very complementing combination. This type of salvia sporadically blooms during the summer, ending the growing season in the fall with a giant burst of color with flowers on almost every stem. Many people love this trait because it is like a grand finally to the growing season. Once the roots have established, this plant is very drought tolerant. If planted in full to partial sun and given moderate water, it typically reaches 5 feet. ‘Mexican Bush’ sage is a show stopper that is sure to add some color to your landscape!
Growing about 24 inches tall, Society Garlic is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and fragrant, violet flowers in spring and summer. As you can probably guess, this plant is known for its garlic scent, but what most people do not know is how drought tolerant it is. For those who occasionally forget to water, this plant can actually withstand it in our Statesboro heat. Another plus to the garlic aroma is that it works as a deer repellant. This is a useful and low-maintenance option that will add height and color to your landscape, while keeping those pesky deer away!
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