In My Garden (Zone 7-8)
Oh boy, it is hot. Hot, hot, hot. July is the month where I like to simply walk around and look at my garden. If I try to do much of anything between the hours of ten am and six pm the humidity might, literally, kill me. If you work in the garden during the day, make sure to drink plenty of water, and, if you sweat a lot, electrolytes, too.
Plants and Heat
Hydrangeas wilting in the afternoon
Your job, as a gardener, is to help the plants get through this period with as little stress as possible. Now is not a good time to transplant or to cut back anything hard. Deadhead annuals and perennials, but don’t do a major haircut until the temperatures drop. Container gardens may need to be watered twice a day at this point. If tomatoes and peppers show signs of blossom end rot test the soil pH (add lime if it is too low) and try to work some soaker hoses around the plants to keep moisture levels consistent.
Plants that Like it Hot
You can create your own seed combination that is a mixture of annuals and perennials. The plants described above work well for that. You can add amaranth to the mix, as well. Clear a spot and sow the seeds. The first year most everything will sprout. The annuals will flower, and if you stop deadheading in late summer, they may very well reseed and come up again next year. The perennials and biennials will sprout and grow a healthy crop of leaves. The next year, the perennials will put on a big show. That’s essentially what’s happening here:
Mixture of Annuals & Perennials