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Full Sun Perennials

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Planting full sun perennials in your yard and garden is a great way to fill in areas with beauty.  These flowers are beautiful and all love the sun.  

Planting perennials in your flower garden is a great way to add a pop of color to your yard. But the best thing about perennials is that you only need to plant them once!

If you properly care for your perennial flowers, they’ll return to provide beautiful flowers season after season. But the key to ensuring your perennials reappear each year is to make sure you give them the proper growing environment.

Full Sun Perennials

If you have a sunny spot in your yard that needs a little color, consider planting one of these full sun perennials for beautiful flowers.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black eyed Susan flowers in bloom.

Black-eyed Susans is a reliable perennial that is known for its vibrant flowers with black centers.

This sun-loving plant provides beautiful blooms throughout the summer and fall, making it a great option for your flower garden. And when it’s not in bloom, this lovely bushy plant provides your garden with pretty blue-green foliage.

Varieties of black-eyed Susan can grow up to eight feet tall, so it’s great for providing some privacy in your garden. And it’s easy to grow – it’s low maintenance, drought-tolerant and grows well both in the ground and in containers.

The pretty flowers on the black-eyed Susan are perfect for cutting and displaying in your home, as well as attracting birds and helpful pollinators.

Blanket Flower

blanket flowers.


The long bloom time and vibrant flowers make this sun-loving perennial a garden favorite.

The blanket flower’s bright, cheery flowers bloom throughout the summer and into early fall. And with a selection of red, gold or purple flowers, there is a variety for everyone.

This easy-to-grow flower will bloom the first year it’s planted from seed and is drought tolerant.

On top of giving you a ton of flowers perfect for cutting, the blanket flower is also great for attracting helpful pollinators to your garden.

Since blanket flowers are native to hot, dry climates, they’re well adapted to poor soil types and will soak in as much sun as you can give them.

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Peony

Peony bush in bloom.

The large, fragrant blooms on the peony plant make it a popular choice for sunny gardens.

The peony flowers can be found in a variety of colors, including red, orange, white, yellow or pink. And when the blooms of the peony are gone, you’re left with a lovely leafy bush in a nice blue-green shade, making it a great way to add flowers and structure to your sunny garden spot.  

Peony plants bloom for a short time in the spring and offer beautiful blooms for cutting and displaying in your home.

Peonies can be grown from cuts or from seed and are a low-maintenance sun-lovers that will provide color to your garden for years to come. Peonies grow best in well-drained soil and needs full sun to ensure good blooms and healthy foliage.

Aster

Pink aster flowers.

This easy-to-grow perennial loves full sun and comes in a variety of sizes and styles, making it a great option for most sunny gardens. But what most gardeners love about the aster is its long blooming season.

Many varieties of aster start blooming in the spring and keep their blossoms into the fall.

Asters prefer moist well-drained soil in a sunny spot to prevent flopping. And after the blooms have faded, the aster plant provides visual interest in your garden with its evergreen foliage.

This drought-tolerant plant is fairly low maintenance and can be grown from seed or by using stem cuttings. And its bright flowers (which come in blue, purple, white, or pink) attract birds and a variety of pollinators to your garden throughout its long blooming season.

Coneflower or Echinacea

Coneflowers in bloom.

The unique bloom on the coneflower makes it a show-stopper in any sunny garden. The colorful bloom features a dazzling cone in the center of its petals and comes in a variety of shades, including purple, green, orange, red, white, pink, and yellow.

In addition to choosing from a variety of colors, coneflowers also come in both single and double blossoms. This sun-loving perennial blooms in the summer and fall and provides visual interest throughout the winter with its bush foliage.

Coneflowers can be grown from seed or with cuttings and are great for attracting birds and pollinators to your garden during its blooming season.

Coneflowers won’t tolerate anything less than full sun – if it sees too much shade, the plants will start to flop.

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Astilbe

Pink astilbe in bloom.

Whether you plant astilbe for its plumed blooms or its ornamental fern-like foliage, this pretty perennial is sure to be a hit in your garden. And while some varieties can grow up to eight feet tall, others are great for providing ground cover.

The colorful blooms, which come in purple, red, white, or pink, blossom in spring and summer, but this evergreen plant also provides visual interest throughout the summer with its blue-green foliage.

The fragrant flowers on the astilbe plant are great for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden throughout the blooming season.

Dianthus

Dianthus flowers in bloom.

Dianthus comes in a mountain of different varieties. The really great thing about these, they are extremely hardy. They will grow at a steady pace, filling in any existing gaps that you have.

This plant is also extremely easy to split after a year or two. This will allow you to transplant and fill in other spaces. (and save you money!)

This summer perennial flower needs full sun, is easy to care for, and reasonably drought tolerant.

Bearded Iris

Purple bearded iris in bloom.

Iris are beautiful and unique flowers that come in a variety of colors including blue, purple, pink, orange, red white, and yellow. 

Iris bloom in early spring to early summer.  Make sure you know which iris plant you are planting.  While bearded iris loves full sun, the crested iris does better in partial shade.

We had bearded iris in our garden at a previous house.  One of the huge perks of having this growing, besides how beautiful it was, is it would just be coming into bloom right at Mother’s Day.  They make such a beautiful bouquet to gift someone.

Columbine

Purple and white columbine flower.


Columbine is another plant that does well in full sun.  You just need to make sure to keep the soil moist and the temperature in your area doesn’t get too high.

This is a great flower to add to your landscape for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

Columbine doesn’t grow very tall, but it is a dainty looking flower with some hefty strength behind it. It comes in many different colors.

Lavender

Closeup of purple lavender in bloom.

Lavender is a great perennial flower to have in your garden. 

These beautiful flowers are very fragrant and great for attracting bees.  Planting lavender around your veggie garden is a great location.

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