Flowers in the Midwest

High temperatures and humidity can typically stop a bloom in its tracks, but not the heat-tolerant bloomers listed here. Flowers that thrive and prosper in the Midwest have the qualities of withstanding extreme heat and humidity without dropping a single bloom. With long humid summers, these tough blooms will keep your garden looking bright and vibrant.


Also called the summer snapdragon, angelonia is a common annual flower found growing in the Midwest. Its plethora of constant blooms grows in a wide range of colors including purple, white, pink and blue. These flowers can grow up to four feet in height and are drought tolerant, perfect for the hot Midwest conditions. Angelonia flowers prefer well-drained soil. These lovely bloomers also make for a gorgeous fresh-cut flower to add to a summer bouquet. Angelonias provide a constant burst of color to your garden due to their ability to reproduce many blooms over a growing season.


Also known as the fan flower, the scaevlola has a fan-like appearance and the ability to grow quickly while producing many blooms. The scaevola's ability to withstand dry and hot temperatures makes it a Midwest favorite. Scaevlola bloom colors include pink, purple and blue. These fragrant blooms are often used in hanging planters and garden pots where they have the ability to grow up to three feet in height. They also have few problems, making them an ideal bloom for outdoor landscapes.


This trailing flower creeps and weaves around the flower garden, creating a billowing bed of blooms. The color varieties are vast, including white, pink, blue, purple and lavender. Verbena loves climbing over rocks and beds, and cascading down hanging baskets. It requires little maintenance, once established, and provides a constant burst of color throughout the summer. When the typical Midwest temperatures reach into the triple digits, these hardy bloomers won't flinch. In fact, they don't need to be watered often and can withstand high droughts. Verbenas do love to be deadheaded; simply cut of the dying or dead bloom and you'll have a fresh new bloom pop up in no time.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.