If you’re thinking of picking up gardening as a hobby this summer, consider planting flowers and greens that will actually flourish in the heat. Katie Hachmeister of City Mill offers these nine plant ideas to help you get started.

The brightly colored and hard lantana, better known as Spanish Flag.
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1. Crown of Thorns
2. Desert Rose
3. Lantana
4. Pentas
5. Pikake
6. Portulaca
7. Plumbago
8. Verbena
9. Vincas
 
Plumbago is a common sight in Hawaii yards. 
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Hachmeister also suggests growing some summer vegetables and fruits, such as cherry tomatoes, zucchinis, basil and peppers.

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