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Garden suntraps can make it difficult for gardeners; high temperatures bake the soil, driving out moisture and nutrients.

However, nature always finds a way and I wanted to share with your 10 plants that have adapted to thrive in these conditions, so you can add some colour and variety to your beds and borders.

Achillea filipendulina (yarrow)

This perennial is great in dry soils and full sun. It forms in clumps so will give you a rich display of yellow gold. It can reach up to 1.2 m or 4ft in height.

Alcea rosea (hollyhock)

Reaching up to 2m or 6ft in height, hollyhocks are a great addition to your sun baked garden. This perennial has the potential to self seed in between the cracks of your dry soil and is a fantastic pollinator plant too.

Crocus Chrysanthus

Plant this bulb in autumn and you’ll have this beautiful plant in bloom by spring. It grows to around 7cm or 3inches in height so place it near the front of any beds or border displays to appreciate this early season garden gift.

Dianthus alpinus (Alpine Pink)

An evergreen that will provide low level cover in your raised beds. During the summer it’ll provide a display of white or pink blooms to brighten up your day. It grows to around 8cm in height.

Delosperma nubigenum (Yellow Ice Plant)

A ground hugging evergreen that gives you a mat of green succulent leaves throughout the year. And, in summer, you’ll see lovely delicate yellow daisy like flowers at around 2 inches in height.

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Ice Plant)

Plant this low growing ( to around 15cm) annual at the front of your garden display and here it will thrive. With its small leaves and array of colourful daisy-like flowers, it’s a delight to have in your garden.

Echium vulgare (Viper’s Bugloss)

This bristly biennial produces slender spires of violet-blue colour into your borders. A popular plant for pollinators, its drought tolerant characteristics make it perfect for your hot garden; growing up to 60cm in height.

Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly)

As the Latin name suggests, this coastal-dwelling plant thrives in rocky soils. Its an upright perennial that produces a thimble bright blue colour from early summer to early autumn and grows to around 20 inches in height.

Gypsophilia repens (Baby’s Breath)

Growing to around 20cm high, this semi-evergreen perennial will spread and has evolved from a hot Mediterranean climate. As it spreads it forms mats of green leaves peppered with flowers that are pale pink in colour – trim back once it has finished flowering.

Jovibarba hirta

An evergreen perennial that thrives in full sun and dry soil will provide you with red tinted and green rosettes. In summer it will produce a bell shaped flowers that are a yellow-brown colour and grows to around 15cm or 6inches in height.

Take a look at my blog for some tips for beginner gardeners:

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