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Even if the sun beats on our balcony almost mercilessly, and we live in a country that is alas quite sunny, we don't necessarily have to give up having a beautiful flowered or at least green terrace. We do not throw in the towel but we sow the right plants, the plants that resist heat. There are, don't give up, and they're not bad at all, you'll see. Here are some tips and names you can search for a verdant and drought-proof balcony.
Plants that resist heat: why look for them
If that of the existence of plants that survive the high temperature it is good news, we must take note that our need to know the name comes from bad news. It is getting hotter and hotter and it is only the effect of climate change. There are no longer the summers of the past and if a few years ago we could count on reasonable temperatures, at least in some areas of our country, today we can no longer trust them.
The heat waves are around the corner and also hit areas that are always recognized as "fresh". Better to prepare a balcony with some ad hoc plants that, in case of extreme heat, can survive and console us. I'm talking about the balcony but it also applies to the garden. I love the fat plants personally, but we don't have to limit ourselves to this type of plants, we can range much more than you think.
Plants that resist heat: what they are and how they are grown
Let's start with a plant that many of us know, the Broom, a particular type, that of the carbonari, which turns out to be particularly resistant and vigorous. Its technical name is Cytisus scoparius, it is not difficult to find it in our area and it forms a somewhat indomitable bush with a fascinating appearance. It has inconspicuous leaves and very green branches, grows in deep soils, rich in sand and mineral substances and resists heat and drought like few other plants.
THE Cyst they are an equally resistant plant that we can rely on. There are several species and most of them, including hybrids, prefer to grow in the sun. Aesthetically, the cistus does not like to be the protagonist, for most of the year, only when it blooms it explodes with colors and reveals an authentic beauty. In Italy, cysts are quite widespread because they are typical plants of the Mediterranean scrub, they grow along the coasts but also up to a thousand meters above sea level, especially in acidic or siliceous soils.
Of the plants that, in addition to resisting the heat, also survive neglect, are the hemerocallis, bulbous plants that do not need much attention to proliferate and flourish. We can find several of them in soils with wild vegetation but they can also be obtained as a garden plant. The first species that entered a cultivated garden was the Hemerocallis fulva, with its beautiful orange flowers and ribbon-shaped leaves. Other species of the same plant have wonderful, very fragrant yellow flowers that usually appear in June and don't need our attention.
Thanks to their deep roots, some species of Stockesia they can be defined as heat-resistant plants. They form a dark green bush that is filled with blue or white flowers. It is not at all difficult to take care of Stokesia, a plant much loved also by butterflies.
It won't be that easy to find, but this plant is very good for hot climates, as it is not suitable for cold ones as it barely holds. It is theErodium pelargoniflorum, with not very consistent herbaceous leaves but very tenacious flowering, from June to September. We can grow it in the garden or even in pots, on the balcony.
Easier to find and extremely easy to grow is the Centranthus. It requires pruning at the end of the season, if we satisfy it in this sense we can be sure that it will give us great satisfaction. Its flowering is generous and stands out, it can also be said that it is a little intrusive, better be on your guard because this plant can also steal space from the others if we don't limit it.
The last garden plant that resists the heat and drought we discover today is the Polygonum scoparium. It may not be the plant you imagined to bring to your garden, because it has a somewhat alternative aspect, but if you are not prejudiced, you can take it and experiment. Its stems are leafless, are green and support the white, fragrant bloom. Polygonum resists very well the heat and even intense sun that can hit it on certain summer days. Let's wet it every now and then if it hasn't rained for a while, otherwise it gets along on its own.
Plants that resist heat in the apartment
If we don't have a garden in which to indulge ourselves, but we want some resistant green, we can focus on Sansevieria with serenity. This plant resists the hot climate like few others and is aesthetically very pleasant. In the apartment, arrange it where there is a lot of light, it will also be an excellent piece of furniture and is known for its ability to purify the air in the room in which it is located.