Plow & Hose: Plants that can take the heat Posted in: Opinions Even though we all expect our gardens to slow down significantly this time of year, July 2022 seems to have halted most natural growth. It’s no surprise that only the most heat- and drought-tolerant summer crops have been somewhat productive in the vegetable gardens. In my backyard garden, okra is still the star.If you are looking for more plants that can take the heat, check out the mallow family for both ornamental and edible options. Mallows include okra, cotton, Turk’s cap, roselle, Rose of Sharon, hibiscus and rock rose. All have similar leaf shapes and delicate blossoms with five petals ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!