But that may wait for another day. Gold alyssum works beautifully as a mounding plant in rock gardens. It grows woody stems that look almost like branches but dies down to the ground in the winter. One low-mounding ornamental grass is the “Bowles Golden” sedge (Carex elata “Bowles Golden”), with bright yellow leaves forming clumps 1 to 2 feet tall and spreading 2 to 3 feet wide in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. If your garden is on the shady side, check out these best shade perennials . I have questions too about why some of my other plants won’t bloom. Well behaved and neatly mounded with fine strappy foliage, this grass grows to 2 feet and sends up stalks of white plumes in early-mid summer. Shear off the flowers when it is finished blooming to keep the plant tidy. Zones: 4 to 9Bloom Time: SummerHeight: 2′ to 3′Spread:  1′ to 2′. Since Lincoln Nebraska is in gardening zone 5b, you should be able to grow all of the ones on this list , Your email address will not be published. Zones: 5 – 9Bloom Time: Late Summer to FallHeight: 3′ to 4′Spread: 3′ to 4′. The flowers start out pink and turn to bronze as the weather gets cooler. Our first home was a blank slate. We in the southern hemisphere have similar climate conditions but everything happens in different months. Many ornamental grasses grow upright, but some of the grasses form mounds with weeping blades around the edges. Hemerocallis Blackthorne -- Bluestone Perennials Hemerocallis Blackthorne (Daylily) A wide-eyed patch of wine-purple centers and matching picotee-edged ruffles on 5� creamy ivory-yellow blossoms. The troublesome areas are actually in full sun. That’s my list of easy to maintain full sun perennials that will thrive even in the south. Pay close attention to the size the shrub will get when it is mature—height and width—and give it enough space when you plant. The Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a low-growing, low-maintenance sun-loving ground cover plant that produces stunning flowers every year.This hardy tiny plant has tall long creeping stems that provide good evergreen cover in your garden. Low Growing Sun Perennials — Sunnyside Nursery These low growing perennial beauties are great in sun, grow 1 to 12 inches tall & should be planted along the edges of beds or in rockeries. Salvia. When I started gardening in Canada, it never even crossed my mind that full sun gardening was an issue…until I moved somewhere that it was. The wax begonias grew in full sun for me last year to record heights an fullness. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint. Help!!! It doesn’t need fertilizing, deadheading or dividing. Most varieties will naturalize as well, so you’ll get more of them over time…but not in a bad way. It is very dry and summer is triple digits temp. For late-season interest, look to Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’ (Zones 4–8), which is commonly called the Japanese onion. They prefer to be planted in full sun and ordinary, well-drained soil. Most of our perennials for sun are also drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric). They’re really more coral than true pink but still a pretty color. These sun-loving plants will thrive in full sun, meaning the plant should receive unfiltered sunlight for at least six hours a day. Turtle head is a beautiful perennial that likes full sun. Zones: 3 – 9Bloom Time: Late spring and summerHeight: 1′ to 4′Spread: 2′ to 4′. Thanks for the suggestion, Ginny! Salvias that can take the heat (zones 7 and warmer) include Wild Thing, Hot Lips, and Black and Blue. Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." Looking for low maintenance plants with beautiful flowers that will grow well in full sun (even in the South!)? I have 5 pots on plantstands and 4 hanging planters all in full sun. Bonus: The foliage of blue star turns golden yellow before dropping in fall. That’s it! Most varieties will naturalize as well, so you’ll get more of them over time…but not in a bad way. Will any of these listed work in the Lincoln Nebraska climate? Romeo Cleyera doesn’t bloom but it’s evergreen and has really pretty variegated leaves (Zones 7 – 10). insularis “Wee Willie”) grows as a dwarf, with emerald-green leaves that stay evergreen in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Black-eyed Susan is a native perennial that prefers evenly-moist, well-drained soil, but is quite drought- and heat-tolerant once they are established. But my favorite species is this Pink Muhly grass. Low-Mounding Plants for Sun. But the perennial types of salvia are largely in the blue-violet color range , though there are a few pink cultivars from which to choose. For year-round color, choose evergreen plants that hold their leaves through the winter. Other than that, it only requires pruning if you want to keep it small or change its shape. Variety Pictured: Nepeta faassenii 'Cat's Meow' Geranium Rozanne – These are one of the more low-maintenance and hardy perennials that you can plant. I haven’t tried Lantana, but it sounds like a good low maintenance option. Just cut out dead branches to thin out the plant. Once you plant them, they don’t require any maintenance at all. Some even make a good small scale ground cover. If your garden gets 6+ hours of direct sun per day then you are going to want to pick perennials that will thrive in the sun and will not need to be watered multiple times a day so they don't die from exposure. First on my list of full sun perennials is Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata). Enjoy the beauty of four-petaled, tiny, white flowers that bloom from April to June in zones 5 to 9 by planting the clump-forming alyssum in your landscaping. Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below. Hardy Hibiscus is a native perennial with HUGE blooms that look tropical even though they’re not. So I thought I would share the perennials I have found that are low maintenance, can take full sun and still look good in the middle of the summer. Californian poppies are one of my favourites too, here in Western Australia. Golden oregano is a great ground cover for a hot area. Doesn’t seem to take much water other than what it gets from the sprinklers that water the grass. Both ‘Marcus’ and ‘Caradonna’ require full sun, average garden soil, and good drainage. This deciduous shrub reaches 18 inches tall and 36 inches wide. This clump-forming succulent reaches 8 to 12 inches tall and wide, with flowers appearing from spring until the first fall frost. Thank you so much. My favorite variety is Autumn Fire. what is a good year round perennial for wet in the summer but sunny weather all year to put into large pots? Pick blue-flowered perennials for a great complimentary color scheme. Reaching heights of up to 3 feet, it’s a good middle-position filler in beds and borders, with shrubs behind, and shorter flora in front. These low-growing perennials include good choices for both sunny areas and darker spots (we've got tons of ideas for shade perennials here as well). It can be difficult to grow in high heat and humidity, but it's tolerant of drought and shallow, rocky soil. Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Catmint (Nepeta) is a compact plant (about 12″ high) with silvery leaves and purple-blue flowers. They come back for many years and bloom reliably (unlike many tulips). Low Maintenance Shrubs When it comes to low maintenance, think shrubs. The Lantana doesn’t break easily and they don’t eat it. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a succulent that stores water in its leaves and prefers dry, poorly fertilized soil. Low-growing mounding shrubs do not need much pruning to maintain the desired size and shape. I wish more gardening enthusiasts in the northern hemisphere would follow your lead and remember that we also love to garden down here. The low-maintenance garden plant isn't bothered by deer or rabbits and offers beautiful blue flowers in spring. I’ll have to find a spot for them . It has variegated leaves and really pretty light pink flowers with maroon centers. Low-mounding plants act as ground covers, protecting the soil from temperature extremes and excessive weed growth. I’ll have to plant a few this year and see how they do , I am interested in full sun phoenix az area. We carry all your favorite sun loving perennials - irises, ferns, phlox, sedum, along with lots of exciting new plant varieties. It is a low-growing ground cover that is easy to grow and looks beautiful at the front of your sunny border. Here are a just a few of the … If you’re not a big fan of yellow, look for white or pink varieties (like the picture above). There are so many different colors and flower forms that you are sure to find one (or more) that you like. Dec 19, 2018 - Looking for low maintenance plants with beautiful flowers that will grow well in full sun (even in the South!)? Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Sun Perennials for Zone 5 Every one of these captivating sun perennials has been handpicked for its propensity to flourish in your garden's very ground and climatic conditions! Pygmy Ruby barberry (Berberis thunbergii “Pygruzam”) produces shiny red leaves in USDA zones 4 through 8. True to its name, cats do love to roll in it…so the plant may get squished if your neighborhood kitty stops by (it doesn’t seem to hurt the plant). These full sun perennials are perfect! That’s a great suggestion! They come back for many years and bloom reliably (unlike many tulips). If you wish to share our content, please click here to see our conditions. It’s also not as big or as invasive as some of the other ornamental grasses, which makes it a great border plant. I love flowers/gardening but have a small yard. Trending HGTV Dream Home 2021. Lavender Mist sun daisy (Osteospermum sp. I can’t wait for soring!! Once you plant them, they don’t require any maintenance at all. I’m Wanda and I believe that anyone can create a relaxing garden retreat in their city backyard…no matter the size. Shasta daisies are great low maintenance plants! The blue-green tinged foliage supports the yellow, round flowers. With their long bloom time and bright-colored flowers, they are a beautiful addition to the back of your garden bed. This evergreen flower reaches 12 inches tall, spreading 12 to 18 inches wide, in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. “Pink Lemonade” tickseed (Coreopsis “Pink Lemonade”) grows as a herbaceous perennial forming a mound of golden-green leaves 8 to 10 inches tall that spreads 12 to 14 inches wide in USDA zones 9 through 11. Hi Donna…it sounds like you have the perfect spot for sun-loving plants. With its gray-green foliage and beautiful purple flowers, Russian Sage is one of my favorite full sun perennials. I have a huge passion for perennials. They generally bloom in late spring and summer, but it can vary depending on the variety. It also requires absolutely no maintenance. Many such plants die back in the winter and grow again in the spring. They're smaller than other varieties, they have attractive foliage, and/or they have a particularly long bloom period or bloom in two seasons. Is there a special type of buld or soil I need to use? This full-sun perennial has a low mounding or bushy habit, ideal for the front of the border, rock gardens, and more. As the name suggests, each bloom only lasts a day. The Best Flowers for Full Sun 10 Photos. It is also easy to care for. ), the Hibiscus ‘Sugar Tip’ is my favorite. It’s deer resistant, drought tolerant, and it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. As do Arctic Fire and Arctic Sun dogwoods…they are not evergreen but their stems are really brightly colored red or yellow so they look good even in the winter. Speaking of spring bulbs, daffodils are the next low maintenance plants on my list of full sun perennials. A sunny area that receives a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day will suit these varieties to a 'T'. Thanks for an interesting site. Be still my heart. Coneflower is deer resistant and attracts butterflies. I have enjoyed Shasta Daisy in a full sun flower bed that is around a tree. I have roses (3 bushes) 2 peonies 1 hydrangea and 2 lilac bushes. All of these plants are sun lovers! White Flowering Shrubs (20+ Of The Best Varieties For Your Garden), Full Sun Perennials For A Summer Cutting Garden (in zones 4 to 8), Blue Flowering Plants (15 Easy To Grow Perennials and Shrubs With Beautiful Blue Flowers), Growing Tomatoes In Containers: 11 of the Best Tips For Getting Lots Of Tomatoes, Easy To Grow Herbs (10 of the Best Herbs For Your Garden). Partial Sun Drought Resistant Flowers for a Window Box. This is one of the last perennials to come up in the spring, so don’t be worried if it seems like it’s not coming back…it just needs a little more time. If you want a flower to add some cheeriness to your full sun garden all summer long, Shasta daisies are the way to go. If you're gardening in a confined area or in containers, it's usually best to look for plants that are relatively compact as well as those that have multi-season interest. Just moved into a new home, completely empty burm out front of my house. Heucheras, especially the purple foliaged varieties will get better color in full sun if kept mulched and not allowed to dry out. Although there are many varieties of Rose of Sharon available (I have at least 5 of them in my garden! Gold alyssum prefers full sun and good drainage to provide the best growing conditions for this plant's greenish-gray foliage. I have had to learn what will (and won’t grow) in the sun in the south. The following perennials are ideal for small-space gardens. Acanthus spinosus bear's breeches It is just so hot in the summer that many plants don’t do well, even if they are normally deemed to be full sun perennials. Thanks, Chas! Hope that helps! Best for USDA zones 4 through 9, its slow growing mounds work well in containers. It is drought tolerant and blooms in early to mid summer with lovely blue/purple, fragrant flower spikes. Yellow blossoms with red tips appear from late spring through summer. Very strange considering it’s a partial shade plant. Lantana, Sunimpatiens, Scabiosa, Petunias, Bellflowers Coreopsis, Daises of all kinds. So my mother  and I are on a mission to help you do just that by sharing the DIY outdoor projects, plant suggestions and gardening tips we’ve learned through our combined 75+ years of experience. While this plant will tolerate full sun in the northern parts of its environment, it prefers some protection from the hot afternoon sun. Hi Marie…thanks for the plant suggestions! However, if you live further south like I do (in South Carolina), it seems like almost anything will grow in part shade. Variegated moor grass (Molinia caerulea “Variegata”) produces green grass blades striped with white reaching 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Light: Partial shade to full sun: Plant Height: Up to 2 feet; Zones 3-9; The approach of Spring and Summer has a way of reminding us that it’s time to play close attention to what we plant in our gardens. Plant in partial shade to full sun using moist, well-drained soil. Lately we’ve been talking a lot about perennials that grow well in the shade and part shade. Also Salvia 'Marcus' is a compact mounding variety. Zones: 5 – 8Bloom Time: Early to mid summerHeight: 12″ to 24″Spread: 12″ to 24″. Hi Jeannie…Many of these flowers will do fine in pots. Dwarf versions of blue spruce do pretty well in pots in cooler zones. You’re right…all of those flowers are great for full sun , Butterfly bush and bearded irises have performed very well for me, Thanks, Sherri! Like the Shasta Daisies, Coneflower (Echinacea) is another easy to grow perennial that blooms all summer long. Your email address will not be published. As a bonus, mine bloom all summer long! Best Perennials For A Full Sun Cutting Garden, this Plants List from an Arizona landscaper. Consider the type of plant, how much sun it needs and how much water it will need. Clip the stalks at the base in the spring to make way for the new growth. One low-growing succulent is the painted lady (Echeveria derenbergii), which grows best in USDA zones 9 through 11, forming a 12-inch-tall mound spreading 36 inches wide, made up of blue-green rosettes with red edges. A perfect low maintenance plant that are great as cut flowers! They have long-blooming, plume-like flowers in soft shades of white, pink, and red, and the flowers are held on tall, stiff stalks above the airy foliage. But be careful about trimming it back in the spring…cutting into the woody stem can kill it. Plant in full sun. If I dead head it, it just keeps blooming. Ornamental grasses in general do really well in full sun. I have 6 large round (about 36 inches diameter) pots I have tried (unsuccessfully) to start in 2 of the pots tiger lilies tulips and irises. Hopefully that helps! Thanks, Sandy! Once it gets going, it will cover the area with pretty white, blue or pink flowers in the spring, and looks beautiful with daffodils or tulips growing through it. I’m not sure how the roses and Rose of Sharon would do, but I think all of the others should be fine. Thank you so much for your prompt advice. Required fields are marked *. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Oct 4, 2020 - Explore Janette's board "Full sun perennials. Size: To 2 … Learn about full sun perennials, including daylily, Shasta daisy and penstemon, from the experts at HGTV Gardens. Some of the newer varieties also re-bloom. People new to gardening might only know of the red annual, Salvia splendens . A completely empty, full sun yard with a Southern exposure. “Wee Willie” boxwood (Buxus sinica var. Low-mounding plants act as ground covers, protecting the soil from temperature extremes and excessive weed growth. To ensure that your flowers are getting the right amount of sun, measure the amount of sun each part of your garden receives. Zones: 5 – 11 (depending on variety)Bloom Time: SummerHeight: 18″ to 36″Spread: 18″ to 24″. Or ‘Black and Blue’ which has deep blue flowers on black stems (and is really easy to grow from seed). Spending time and money on plants that don’t make it through the season is such a waste of hard-earned resources! Our full sun perennials are perfect for the hot, sunny spots in your garden. Being only 1” to 2” (2 – 3 cm) tall, this is a perfect plant to give you a green cushion of foliage in large sunny areas. Will the flowers in this post grow as well in pots as they would in the ground? I am NOT a winter person. 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