How about an onion in your backyard? The
Allium is perfect in full sun and well drained areas. This will flower
in late spring with big balls of tiny petals that look like a cheerleader's pom
poms. Plus, the little ground squirrels don't like the onion taste of the Allium
so your bulbs will survive to the next year.
For the middle of your garden feel free to choose the
Shasta Daisy. The Bright Yellow centers of the flowers are contrasted
nicely with the white petals. This may need a little more water than the others
on the list, but still withstands the hot dry full sun conditions.
Number ten on our list of ten full sun perennials is the Yarrow.
This plant will work nicely with the Cone Flowers, Black Eyed Susans and the
Russian Sage. The
Yarrow enjoys the dry conditions of our sun loving garden and will
thrive in multiple colors if you choose.
It is so much fun watching perennials come up each spring as they provide
beauty to your front yard or back yard. Winter time can be so bleak and hostile
outside. Then a few warm days and these perennials pop their tiny leaves
through the soil. A little water and tender loving care and they show little
flowers. A few more days and back garden beauty is bursting colors of red,
blue, yellow, white, pink, purple, lavendar and rose.
How do you know if your garden area requires full sun perennials? If during the
middle of the summer that section has sun for 6 to 8 hours or more you will
probably be okay putting in a perennial that is marked as requiring full sun.
How Do I Know if the Plant is Considered a Full Sun Perennial?
When you go to your local landscape or garden shop and begin to look at the
plants and flowers there are two things to look for on the tags. One, see if
the plant is a perennial. Does it state on the tag that the plant will last
more than one year or even uses the word, perennial, on the tag? Second, the
grower will put a big bright sun picture on the tag. The sun will be partially
covered if it should only get partial sun and the sun will appear in full
eclipse mode if it should be a shade plant. Each grower has a little different
image, but they all represent the same idea as the tag nearly yells at you, "I
am a Full Sun Perennial."
Look at the picture to see which color the flower will be. This is also on the
tag. Will that color go with your color scheme? Are you trying for a blue
garden, a red garden, a mixture of colors or a specific color theme, such as
patriotic? Use your imagination and landscape to find the theme that explodes
with outdoor beauty.
Another thing to be aware of when looking at perennials is the height of the
full grown plant. You don't want to plant a group of Coneflowers in front,
because they might hide some of the smaller plants like Salvias and Coreopsis.
Plant your Coneflowers, Russian Sage, and Yarrow toward the back. Then plant
the Salvias, Coreopsis, Catmint and Sedum around the border. You will
appreciate the mix of color visible when you watch their heights as you prepare
Remember these plants all enjoy full sun. They are looking for well drained
soils and require minimal care all summer long. A little pruning and weeding
between the perennials will go a long way to providing a wonderful summer
garden. I hope you enjoy the plants from this list all summer long.