<p>by Ray Allen<\/p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-600" title="040608-17Poppy-BatcherButto" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2009\/06\/040608-17poppy-batcherbutto1.jpg?w=300" alt="040608-17Poppy-BatcherButto" width="300" height="199" \/>Now that summer heat has arrived, we may suffer from discomfort, but wildflower meadows really don't.\u00a0 This is one of the great advantages of wildflower gardening:\u00a0 As one expert put it, wildflowers are famous for "Waiting for the Water."\u00a0 When heat hits them, most established wildflower plants may wilt a little, but it's something they're expecting, and unless the heat is prolonged, it doesn't hurt them.\u00a0 Of course, you can help.\u00a0 Regular watering during a heat wave helps, especially to keep the bloom going. (The blooming process may slow <!--more-->down\u00a0or even stop during prolonged heat.) However, if your meadow is large, you may not be able to water the plants, and if that's your situation, just be glad these are tough wildflowers, and they'll be fine.\u00a0 (If you planted wildflower seeds this spring, <a href="\/wildflower-gardening\/wildflower-how-to\/whats-in-bloom-today">find out what in bloom<\/a> and identify the flowers you're seeing.)\r\n\r\nAs for perennials, the story is different.\u00a0 Especially if you have plants that require pampering, like roses, young clematis\u00a0and others.\u00a0 Watch your garden carefully, and the minute you see wilt, get out the hose.\u00a0 Water as regularly as you can, and try not to do it during the heat of the day.\u00a0 Also, put the water on the ground,\u00a0without drenching the leaves.\r\n\r\nThis is the season when mulch plays its part.\u00a0\u00a0 If you mulched well in spring, weeds are kept away from your plants, and the mulch helps retain all the moisture that's there.\u00a0\u00a0 If you didn't mulch, and weeds are invading, you have work to do.\u00a0 Of course, weeding is no fun in the heat, but think about it.\u00a0 If weeds or grasses are near your prized plants, they're stealing the water!\u00a0 Get them out of there, so every drop can be used by the plants you're pampering.