The 5 Ps: Water-Wise Flowers for Summertime Heat

Rebecca Pittman

Many people, landscape architects and personal gardeners alike, struggle to find flowers that don’t require excessive watering in the summertime. If you find yourself searching for low-water-requiring annual plants, remember the five Ps (pictured above; from left to right, top to bottom):

  1. Portulaca
  2. Purslane
  3. Petunia (‘VIP’ and ‘Laura Bush’ only)
  4. Perennial Phlox (‘John Fanick’ or ‘Victoria’)
  5. Periwinkle

These sun-loving annual plants tolerate the summer heat and don’t require as much water as other annuals do so you can keep the beautiful color in your planting beds without spending as much time watering.

For more tips on plants and other urban planning and landscape architecture topics, contact Rebecca Pittman, RLA, LEED AP.

Image sources (from left to right, top to bottom): sleepyneko Flickr stream; Club Care FloridaTexas SuperstarTM/Aggie Horticulture; PLANTanswersToasterPastry of the Fountain Pen Network