May and June have given way to hot sunny days. Two heat-loving varieties really come into their own now: Salvia greggii and Angelonia angustifolia. Though both are heat and drought tolerant, occasional watering and a good mulching through the heat will keep them looking their best.
Salvia greggii is revered for its neat appearance being a roundish shrub, 1′ to 4′ high and wide. Covered with dark green leaves and a full flush of blossoms from summer through fall it is an excellent focal point in the hot summer landscape, or great as a low hedge. It’s also a hummingbird and butterfly attractor. Flower colors run from deep reds, purples and pinks to coral, salmon and white.