Project Guide

Full Sun Plants That Love Heat

Select Plants

Purchase healthy, well-watered plants. Look for drought-tolerant and/or heat-tolerant on the plant tag. If you’re unsure, ask your Garden Center associate.

Test Soil and Amend

Test the soil in your garden bed to see what amendments are needed. (See more on soil tests.) If planting in containers, use a potting mix with moisture control to help keep water in and feed the roots for less frequent watering.

Mix some compost into the soil.

Dig Holes

Use a trowel to dig individual holes, or a shovel to dig a bed for a lot of plants.

Plant Flowers

Remove the plants from their pots and gently loosen the roots. Never pull the plant out by the flowers or stems.

Plant the flowers as deep as the container they were in, fill the hole with remaining soil and gently pat down around the roots.

Water Thoroughly

Water thoroughly and feed with a plant food blended for flowers.

Mulch Around the Plants

Mulch 2-3 inches around the newly planted flowers to help keep moisture in the soil.