Recently I posted a list of ten perennial flowers that thrive in the shade. Well here is the counterpart list of ten sun lovers. These are the stalwarts of the herbaceous border which bloom throughout the summer months. While Spring bulbs and annuals can add color at other times of the year the perennials form the backbone of the garden. This selection of ten easy-to-grow plants comes from the Longfield Gardens website.
Sun-loving perennials are the backbone of most flower gardens. These high-energy plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to fuel their growth and flower production. In most cases, the more sun these perennials get, the better they’ll bloom.
To keep a sunny flower garden colorful from spring through fall, you need to include a variety of plants that bloom at different times during the growing season. Enhancing your perennial garden with spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, and a few well-chosen annuals, is a good way to ensure you never run out of color.
Spring bulbs such as snowdrops, tulips, daffodils and alliums begin blooming long before the first perennials. Annual flowers such as nicotiana, salvia, verbena and cleome are great for midsummer color. And at the other end of the season, dahlias, crocosmia, cannas other summer-blooming bulbs keep getting bigger and better right to frost.
For some can’t miss, carefree perennials, check out the examples below.
Clematis are climbing vines that will scramble up an arbor or
trellis, cascade over a fence or tumble down a stone wall. There
are many different flower styles and colors to choose from.
Combining two or more varieties will give you a cascade of color
that lasts for months.
Phlox is a cottage garden classic. it produces big clusters of
sweetly fragrant ?owers on sturdy stems. ideal for summer
bouquets and always popular with butterflies.
Black-eyed Susans are tough, trouble-free plants that bloom
non-stop from July through August. These North American
wild?owers will grow almost anywhere as long as there’s sun.
Their cheery, daisy-like flowers attract butter?ies and after the
flowers fade, ?nches love to munch on the seeds.
See more at Longfield Gardens