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The Best Heat Tolerant Vegetables to Grow

If you’re looking for some of the best heat-tolerant vegetables to grow this year, here are some of my favorites!

Heat Tolerant Vegetables from the Garden
Heat Tolerant Vegetables from the Garden

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Growing a vegetable garden in extreme temperatures can be challenging.

Whether it be that you live somewhere that’s freezing, or if you live somewhere with extreme heat.

In my case, I live in gardening zone 9b which means we have some pretty darn hot summers!

If that’s the case for you as well, try growing some of these hot weather vegetables this year! 

Heat Tolerant Vegetables

When it comes time to plant vegetables, it’s important to know whether the vegetable is a warm or cool-season crop. 

Meaning, does it grow better in the cool weather or the warm weather. 

Get your FREE Vegetable Planting Schedule with all planting dates here!

So in this article, I have only listed warm-weather vegetables but I also give some specific varieties for each different vegetable that are extra heat tolerant.

So if you’re looking for some of the best vegetables to grow in your garden that can withstand the hot summer heat, here they are!


There are lots of bean types to choose from such as snap beans, shell beans, and yardlong beans.

Some varieties grow as a bush and can be harvested quicker and others are pole varieties that should be trellised but they will produce for a longer period of time. 

Here are a couple varieties to try:

Fordhook Lima Bean

Contender Bush Bean


Corn loves the summer heat but it requires a fairly long growing season with warm weather. If you have a shorter growing season you may want to skip planting corn or make sure to choose a variety that matures quickly.


Cucumbers are some of my most favorite summertime vegetables because they are so easy to use.

You can make pickles, add them to salads, or just slice them up and eat them raw.

A couple of my favorites are:


Eggplant actually grows wild in South Asia and so because of its natural habitat, it grows great in the warm weather.

It should be planted in full sun and will even grow well in containers if you’re short on space.


Okra is another great crop to grow in the summertime and is the most delicious when it is pickled or fried!


The great thing with peppers is that they all pretty much love the heat! So it really just depends on what type of peppers you like to use.

My absolute favorite kind of pepper that I make a few times a week throughout the season are shishito peppers cooked in garlic and soy sauce!


It is always fun to plant pumpkins because there are so many different varieties for different uses. But one thing they all have in common is that they are all edible!

So as you choose which type of pumpkin to plant pick the type that you like best! Whether it be a flat kind to make succulent topped pumpkins with or an extra tasty kind that is best for baking with!

Summer Squash

Summer squash may be one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners! And for a good reason because it is super easy to grow!

A couple of my favorites are:

Patty Pan Summer Squash

Winter Squash

One of the things I like most about growing winter squash is that it has such a long shelf life.

That means at the end of the season you can harvest and store it for months ahead!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are best grown from slips which can often be found at your local garden center, nursery, or from a local farmer.

But since they are sometimes hard to find, any variety you can come across will be good for planting.


If you like Mexican food then growing tomatillos is a must!

The secret is to plant at least two plants to make sure that the blooms get pollinated and then the rest of their care is pretty similar to tomatoes.


Of all the years I’ve grown a garden, I have never once went without tomatoes. They are definitely a favorite!

I love using them fresh, in homemade salsa, and in canning recipes!

So if you’ve never grown tomatoes be sure to try them out this year because they may be one of the most delicious fruits you’ll ever harvest!

There are so many amazing varieties but I’ll list a few of my favorites below!

Grow Your Best Summer Garden By Planting Heat Tolerant Vegetables

If you plant the right vegetables you can have a thriving garden even in extreme heat! So be sure to add these vegetables to your list this year and enjoy your harvests!

If you live where the summers get hot it’s likely that you’re a fellow zone 9b gardener.

Learn more by reading: Zone 9b Vegetable Planting Guide


Heat Tolerant Vegetables Growing in the Garden

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