The Best Plants to Grow in July

Are you wondering what plants should be planted in July? Here are some easy plants to grow during the hot months of summer, including flowers to grow from seed.

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Here are some easy plants to grow in July, plus tips on what varieties to grow and plants to grow from seed in July.

July is a hot month in many places, so it can be a good time to focus on growing plants that don’t mind the heat. Examples of heat tolerant plants include cowpeas or southern peas, eggplant, okra, and watermelon.

Other plants that rely on a warm growing season include cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. These plants may benefit from extra support, such as trellising and raising cantaloupes and melons off the ground, throughout the growing season. Garden tape and garden ties can be used to help train plants up their trellises or other supports.

In summer, it’s not uncommon for plants to slow production or show signs of suffering during the heat. Tomato plants may drop flowers and stop producing tomatoes once temperatures rise into the 90s, for instance.

During these times, it can be a good idea to support plants as much as possible with extra water and shade, and to focus on plants that seem to thrive in hotter conditions.

Aside from popular summer garden vegetables, like melon and peppers, July is a good time to start vegetable seeds for a fall garden. This includes plants such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and kale.

Start seeds indoors or outdoors in a sheltered place that offers protection from harsh sunlight. Provide the seeds and seedlings with enough water to keep the soil moist to help support young plants.

Here are some garden plants to check out for July.

In This Section | What to Plant in July

Here are some of the best plants to grow in July, including vegetables, herbs, and flowers to plant in July.

When planting garden plants at this point in the season, make sure that you’ll have enough time for the plants to reach maturity before the first frost occurs in your area.

It can be a good idea to start vegetables and herbs from seedlings, rather than from seeds, to give them a head start in the garden. You may be able to find vegetable, herb, and flower plants at a local garden center or order garden plants online.

Days to maturity (shown in parentheses) are approximate, and may depend on a variety of factors, including environmental conditions and other variables. In general, days to maturity are calculated from the time when a young plant or seedling is transplanted to the garden.

What to Grow in July

1—Cowpeas and Southern Peas

Cowpeas, southern peas, and crowder peas can be good to plant in an area with a long growing season. The peas are great for making classic southern dishes, like Black Eyed Pea Salad, Hoppin John, and Cowboy Caviar.

Quick growing varieties include Quickpick Pinkeye (60 days), Coronet (62 days), and Carolina Crowder (63 days) southern peas.

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Fast growing cucumbers love warm weather and plenty of water during summer. Hot weather may produce bitter fruit, however. Check plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases, like cucumber beetles and powdery mildew.

Popular cucumber varieties to grow include pickling cucumbers, like Boston Pickling (55 days) and Homemade Pickles (55 days), and slicing cucumbers, like Beit Alpha (55 days), Lemon Cucumber (67 days), Straight Eight (63 days), and Suyo Long (65 days).

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Eggplant plants require a long, warm growing season. Well known eggplant varieties include Black Beauty (74 to 90 days), Listada di Gandia (90 days), and Long Purple (75 days).

Eggplant varieties with shorter days to maturity can also be a good choice to grow, especially in places with shorter growing seasons. Ping Tung Long (62 days) is known for producing eggplants earlier than some other varieties.

Use eggplants to make recipes for dishes like Baba Ghanouj, Eggplant Parmesan, and Grilled Eggplant.

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Most melon plants require warm weather to grow and produce fruit. Just be sure to keep them well watered, and keep an eye out for pests and diseases, like cucumber beetles and powdery mildew.

Hales Best Jumbo (90 days) is known for being a hardy melon variety that is drought tolerant and powdery mildew resistant. Other popular melon varieties include Ambrosia Hybrid (86 days), Honey Rock (80 days), and Petit Gris des Rennes (85 days).

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Okra plants thrive in hot weather—just watch out for the spines! The plants produce beautiful flowers that are showstoppers in the garden.

Popular varieties include Clemson Spineless (60 days), Emerald (55 days), and Red Burgundy (60 days). Popular dishes to make with okra include Fried Okra and Pickled Okra. Okra is also one of the main ingredients in many Gumbo recipes.

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Peppers are frost sensitive plants that grow best during a long, warm growing season. Pepper plants can be susceptible to sun scald, however, so it can be a good idea to provide the plants with shade during the hottest parts of the day or in areas with intense sun.

Popular pepper varieties to grow in home gardens include sweet peppers like Ajvarski (80 days), California Wonder (75 days), Orange Bell (75 days), and Purple Beauty (75 days), and hot peppers like Anaheim (80 days), Cayenne Long Thin (70 days), Jalapeño Tam (70 days), and Lemon Drop (100 days).

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July can be a good time to grow summer squash and zucchini. These plants tend grow and mature quickly, especially when you start with plants, but you can also grow them from seed.

Popular yellow squash varieties include Early Golden Crookneck (50 days) and Early Prolific Straightneck (50 days).

Black Beauty Zucchini (50 days) is a popular zucchini variety to grow, as are Fordhook Zucchini (57 days), Golden Zucchini (54 days), Gray Zucchini (49 days), and Ronde de Nice (50 days).

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Sprawling watermelon vines thrive in warm weather. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, like aphids, cucumber beetles, and anthracnose, however.

Popular watermelon varieties to grow include Ali Baba (80 days), Desert King (85 days), and Orangeglo (85 days). During summer, watermelon is popular to use for fresh eating and for making dishes and beverages, like Watermelon Salad and Watermelon Agua Fresca.

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Grow basil in pots or near tomatoes. Well established and healthy basil plants provide fresh leaves to use to make salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and caprese salad all summer long. Making Tomato Basil Salad is one way to use up basil from the garden.

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Rosemary is a heat loving herb that makes a great companion plant for a variety of garden vegetables, including beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, and parsnips.

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Tithonia, also known as Mexican Sunflower, produces cheerful blooms in red, orange, and yellow. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators and insects, including bees and butterflies.

The plants are easy to grow, and they can grow quite large to fill in a space. Maturing in 85 days, these long lasting plants will often bloom into the fall.

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12—Zinnias + Other Flowers

Zinnias also made the list of plants to grow in June. The flowers are easy to grow from seed, and their blooms are popular with bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Other flowers to grow from seed include cosmos and marigolds. Plants to look for at the local garden nursery include heat tolerant portulaca, lantana, and pentas.

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