Itoh Peony: not a heat lover
This garden hosts few plants properly called "heat loving". The head gardener certainly cannot be deemed so.
The Japanese Anenomes are blooming but the foliage is scorched. A recently purchased Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon' has tripled in size in its small nursery pot, and needs to go into the ground ASAP.
True tropical plants are relatively big consumers of water, and their large leaves shred or snap off in our fierce Santa Ana winds.
Begonia 'Griffon' is one of the few plants relishing the daytime heat and overly warm nights. It looks quite dreadful in winter.
Agaves are mostly found at high elevations with cooler temperatures; Aloes mostly endure a dry summer to grow and thrive in cooler, wetter winters. I thought Echeverias preferred mild spring and fall, but this rosette, decapitated, re-rooted itself firmly into its pot in less than a week.
We've had a hot September, minimizing garden activity both plant and human. I planted the Leucophyllums, bought a couple of 'Burgundy' Cordylines to add to the west slope, deadhead toasted roses, and now await the return of gardening weather.
Pentas can be called heat loving. They love the hottest weather of summer.
This rooted cutting of 'Erfurt' nearly died in our last heat wave, totally defoliating before I saved it with plentiful water. It's leafed out again and I'm paying close attention now.
Fuchsias are unhappy here from mid-summer to early winter
To save water, I've not deadheaded any of the reblooming Hydrangeas. No extra flowers means they need a little less water.
I moved this Aloe capitata seedling off the front slope because it looked near death. In mostly shade it recovered in only a few days. When it is larger, I will put it back out front.
Aloe deltoideodonta (hard to remember the spelling on that puppy) has 4 flower stalks, so perhaps it's a summer bloomer. This one is more shy of flowering than all my other Aloes.
Sunburn on little Echinopsis 'Flying Saucer'. Moved it back into more shade.
Hoping for cooler weather soon.