If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the world where you get hot weather some or all of the year, it’s likely that you will want to make the best of it by getting out into your garden. However, to enjoy your outside space to the maximum, you will need to create a garden that can not only survives in hot temperatures but thrives. Read on to find how.
First on the list of tasks to do when creating a warm weather garden is to work some shady places into your overall design. This is important for a number of reasons. The first is that by planting things like jacaranda trees to create shade, you can grow a wider variety of plants and flowers in their shadow as long as you have proper ground cover. Including things such as ajuga and columbinem which like the warm, but prefer a shaded spot to direct sunlight.
Of course, creating shade in the garden isn’t just a good thing for the plants, it also great for us humans and it means we can happily enjoy the outdoors even when the sun is high and the temperature hot. If you need shade instantly installing developed trees can be a quick and attractive solution to creating a not so sunny area. Alternatively, creating an open structure with a roof such as a veranda or a gazebo can also work well if you have the space for it, and you don’t mind losing the amount of garden that they take up.
For really hot gardens folk often plant a combination of cacti, and succulents as these grow best in arid conditions and need little water to be healthy. You can create a range of color and texture by using flowering cacti like apricot glow and echinocereus reichenbachii too for a very pleasant effect.
Alternatively, palms and ferns make a good choice for tropical climates where the weather is hot. You can use them to create a lush, verdant effect that transforms your garden in a jungle like space. Also as they grow tall, they can help create some additional shade and get you some of the benefits discussed above.
A cooling water feature
Anyone that lives in a hot climate knows the benefits of having a water feature in their outside space. They seem to have an instant cooling effect, even if all we are doing is looking at them. Although they do actually cool the air around them if the water is moving, an effect, you can create with fountains and streams.
However, if you are looking for a maximum impact then getting a plunge pool is the ultimate choice for a warm weather garden. These are small pools are designed to be used for a quick dip rather than an actual swim. They tend to be deep but small, allowing you to immerse your whole self and get the best cooling effect. They can also be created in a natural, environmentally friendly way too, something you can read more about here, making them the perfect addition to any garden built for warmer weather.
Without all the chemicals, a natural pool can make a great choice for a warm weather garden.