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I have always admired plants that seem to enjoy blooming in hot weather. Perennial favorites like the lavender-blue spikes of Russian sage, the dependable black-eyed susan, purple coneflower and "Autumn Joy" sedum, have become mainstays in the border. We can also mention the "Moonbeam" coreopsis, dazzling daylilies, garden phlox, yarrow, hosta and the striking hardy hibiscus. All of the previous plants are excellent choices for the hot summer perennial garden, providing beauty without much care. Thankfully, there are many more summer bloomers to choose from that are starting to gain the attention they deserve. The next time you think about planting consider some of the following plants to beat the summer heat.