It’s been a hot summer with some periods of drought. However we’ve been more fortunate than our southern neighbors when it comes to rain. With days in the 90′s and 100′s it takes a toll on the garden. I almost gave up on trying to keep things properly hydrated sometimes. These are some the toughest plants in my yard, they’ve taken whatever Mother Nature has tossed at them and kept on blooming. My Limelight Hydrangea has never looked better, it has so many blooms this year that it’s top heavy. And certain perennials like Black & Blue Salvia, Lantana, Rudbeckia and Butterfly Weed are reliable bloomers as well as drought tolerant. But my favorite summer bloomer has to be the annual Angelonia which comes in shades of pink, purple and white. It has been a must have plant in my garden for the past three years. This season I planted some directly in the garden and the red washtub planter. And another bonus is that it doesn’t require deadheading to keep the blooms coming all summer long. What are some of your favorite heat loving plants this year?