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Hot Summer Colours

Living in the sunny state of Queensland comes with its fair share of advantages, but the scorching summer heat can pose a challenge for maintaining a vibrant and healthy garden. 

However, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of resilient and colourful plants that not only endure the Queensland heat but also add a delightful touch to your outdoor retreat.


If you’re seeking an immediate burst of colour to add to your garden, look no further than petunias. These stunning flowers not only offer a kaleidoscope of colour but are also well-equipped to handle the intense Queensland heat. Their ability to thrive in hot conditions makes them a perfect choice this summer.


Bougainvillea are a true showstopper in the Queensland summer, with its vibrant and flamboyant flowers. Known for its resilience and adaptability to heat, Bougainvillea is an excellent choice for those looking to infuse their outdoor space with a touch of the tropics.


The iconic frangipani, with its fragrant and exotic flowers, thrives in the heat of Queensland. Its stunning picturesque blossoms make it a favourite for gardens looking for a touch of tropical elegance. Not only will it endure the summer heat, but it will fill your garden with it’s delightful scent.


Bromeliads are not only known for their unique and striking appearance but also for their ability to thrive in warm and humid conditions. These hardy plants have long-lasting flowers, require minimal maintenance, and come in a variety of colours.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

For a touch of the exotic, try growing a Bird of Paradise plant. With its large, banana-like leaves and unique hummingbird shaped flowers, this plant can withstand the heat, and the scorching summer sun.

Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Embrace the native beauty of Queensland with a bottlebrush. Known for its distinctive shaped flowers, this hardy native plant is well-suited to our local climate. Not only does it provide a burst of colour, but it also attracts native birds, which make a beautiful addition to your garden.


Banksias, with their unique cone-shaped flowers, are both beautiful to look at and are drought-tolerant, making them well-suited for Queensland’s hot and dry conditions. These Australian natives add a touch of the wild to your garden while thriving in the challenging summer heat.

Choosing the best plants for our climate is not only possible but also enjoyable, with the potential to have a thriving garden full of colourful heat-tolerant plants, regardless of the weather. Whether you opt for the instant colour of petunias, the tropical elegance of frangipani, or the bold beauty of hibiscus, these plants are sure to withstand the summer heat while bringing joy and vibrancy to your outdoor space. Embrace the beauty of Queensland’s flora and create a garden that flourishes even under the sun’s intense gaze.

Happy Gardening!

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