The Best Perennials for Sun

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Every garden needs the personal touch that comes from unique and diverse plants. Yet those plants are not always able to handle the sunniest areas of the garden. That?s where these plants come in. This list of tried-and-true hardy perennials for sun is essential to build the foundation of a garden. Whether you?re hoping to start a new garden from scratch, or fill in an existing garden with low-maintenance beauties, add these to your list.

perennials for sun

Sunny gardens have harsh conditions that cause some plants to wilt, but not these cool customers. Plant these perennials for sun in your brightest spots and watch them bloom and thrive all summer long.

Geranium (perennial geranium)

and other love the purplish blue bell-shaped flowers of the perennial geranium. These prolific bloomers thrive in various soil conditions and are extremely low maintenance.

Hemerocallis (daylily)

These colorful lilies come in thousands of varieties and thrive in sunny areas. They grow in various different soil conditions and are easy to care for. What?s not to love?

daylily for sunny gardens

Iris Sibirica (Siberian iris)

Blooming in early summer, these elegant irises require very little care and will produce a bounty of blooms in shades of blue, white, purple, or yellow.

Rudbeckia Hirta (black-eyed Susan)

Black-eyed Susans do well in sunny gardens and can tolerate drought. They come in many shades of yellow and orange and range in size from tiny flowers to seven-foot-tall plants.

Black-eyed susans

Sedum ?Autumn Joy?

A beautiful bloomer in late summer and early fall, Autumn Joy lights up the fall harden with big, pink flower heads that look like a fireworks display.

hardy perennials for sun

Do you have a shady area in your garden too? Be sure to check out for the 7 best perennials for shade.

Want to read more about perennials? Here are a whole bunch more resources to keep you busy!

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