Achillea or Yarrow is a tough, full sun plant that now comes in a variety of new colors. Here’s how to grow it and what to look for at your local garden center.
Aconitum or monkshood is a lovely perennial for full, hot sun but it comes with a serious “poisonous” label and is not for gardens with small children.
Agastache: how to grow it and pronounce it
Anemone: is a large family with rhizome (perennial) and tuberous (bulb) family members and sometimes the distinction isn’t totally clear.
Aquilegia or columbine is a delightful summer bloomer that will – if given the right conditions – self sow with abandon.
Artemisia is grown for its silver foliage and tough ability to take a full sun, hot garden setting. Here are some suggested varieties and growing suggestions
Asters are a terrific fall blooming plant in blues and reds. They clearly belong in every full sun design to brighten up the fall when everything else is starting to struggle.
Baptisia is a wonderful plant for the full sun perennial garden and here’s how to grow it and pictures of newer varieties
Belamcanda or Blackberry lily is an easy plant to grow with its delicate blooms but it is short-lived so here’s what you have to do to keep it going in your garden.
Bellis perennis or English Daisy how to get a repeat bloom from this biennial plant
Buddleja or butterfly bush is an incredibly fragrant shrub or hardy perennial (it dies to the ground in cold climates) that’s worth a place in any garden.
Caltha palustris or Marsh Marigold (sun or shade) a hardy North American native plant for the damp garden.
Campanula is a large family of plants with charming bell-shaped flowers (but that come with thug warnings)
Caryopteris a shrub in warmer climates but clearly a perennial that regrows from year to year in a cold climate such as ours.
Centaurea or Bachelor Buttons: Getting Two Blooms Per Year you get to make your own choice about this one – thug or lovely? I had it in one spot in the garden and it pretty much decided to take over. Took me four years to “almost” eliminate it.
Chrysanthemum or mums – or whatever the botanists are now calling this plant.
Coreopsis can be a long blooming perennial but ensure you get hardy varieties. Many of the newer varieties are not hardy in the north (they bred them with annuals to get better colors but sacrificed the hardiness to do so.) Here’s why your fancy coreopsis died. One of the things that gardeners are finding is the fancy (expensive) hybrids tend to die easier.
Delphinium – those tall spires that inspire us with their mid-summer beauty
Dianthus or Pinks in the Perennial Garden
Echinacea or Coneflower: Eight Important Points for Success
Geraniums are one of my favorite perennial flowers. Growing in full sun or light shade, they come in a range of heights and bloom times.
Gypsophila or baby’s breath is a must-grow in the full sun garden as it makes a good combination plant with many others
Helenium are easy to grow and there are some great flower colors now. Read this note for the only two things you really need to succeed with this perennial flower
Hemerocallis or daylily is one of the great plants for the full sun garden as it will grow and thrive on almost any soil or condition if given full sunlight
Hibiscus is a superb blooming perennial but it does come out later than many other perennial flowers (don’t give up on it – as you’ll see in the post) Here’s how to grow and propagate hibiscus.
Hollyhocks (Alcea) Growing and Dealing with Hollyhock Rust
Iberis or candytuft is a low-growing semi-evergreen plant that wants cutting back every year.
Iris (bearded) How to grow the bearded iris and prevent iris borer
Iris (Japanese) here’s how to grow this amazing plant and the trick to keeping it alive over the winter.
Iris (Siberian) are one of my favorite garden plants and here’s the trick to growing them successfully.
Lathyrus or Perennial Sweet Pea is a sprawling plant that truly does best in a part shade garden. It will survive in full sun if you give it enough water but this is not a plant for that hot and dry spot.
Lavatera: Growing and Propagating This Pink Bloomer in the Perennial Garden
Lavender: Keeping it Alive and Blooming From Year to Year in the Perennial Garden
Linum perenne is a very long blooming blue perennial flower that will win your heart.
Lysimachia or Loosestrife for the sun or part shade garden but this is a spreading thug and you’ve been warned.
Growing Liatris or Gayfeather – the Most Unusual Flower in the Perennial Garden
Lupines are easy from seed and here’s how to grow them successfully
Malva are hardy, easy to grow and self-sowing perennials that need to be controlled or they’ll take over.
Monarda or beebalm – fragrant, easy to grow spreader that is hummingbird bait.
Nepeta or catnip is a wonderful flowering plan
Peonies: Fragrant flowers for a classic English Garden look.
Perovskia or Russian Sage wants your poorest, well-drained soil in the hot sun
Phlomis or sticky Jerusalem sage is one of the easiest of unusual perennials to grow in the hot sun perennial garden. Not enough gardeners know this family imho.
Phlox paniculata or garden phlox is a long-flowering and backbone plant of the perennial garden
Physostegia or Obedient plant is a sun lover best grown in a dampish soil for best results. But it’s versatile as this profile show.
Rudbeckia – those golden flowering plants of the mid-summer border are easy to grow. Just understand which are annuals, biennials or hardy perennials.
Salvia this family of plants is a delightful mix of perennials and biennials (don’t confuse them at the garden center level) with some truly amazing flower and foliage displays.
Scabiosa: Three Tips for Growing The Blue Flowering Pincushion Flower Successfully
Sedums are perfect plants for that hot, dry spot where nothing else will grow and the variegated creeping forms are perfect for edging and rock gardens
Shasta Daisies Bloom Almost All Summer.
Sidalcea or Prairie mallow is one of those tough, full hot sun plants that will reach out and surprise you with great color
Solidago or golden rod is a superb perennial for full sun and it’s not responsible for hay fever (ragweed is!)
Stachys or lamb’s ears is a silver leafed plant used as a groundcover or contrasting plant in the perennial garden.
Tradescantia (spiderwort) is a North American native that’s very popular and here’s how to get it to bloom almost all summer.
Here’s How To Succeed Growing Wooly Thyme as a ground cover or between stepping stones
Verbascum or Mullein is a full sun perennial and the breeders are introducing new varieties regularly. Do be careful to understand the hardiness of these new plants.
Vernonia or Ironweed is one of the taller perennial flowers you’ll find in a garden and worth a place at the back of the full sun border
Veronica is one of my favorite perennials and I’ve listed some of my must-grow plants in this post.
Veronicastrum or Culver’s Root is a plant for the full sun perennial garden – it does survive in light shade – but it prefers a moist, rich soil for best blooms.
Yucca filamentosa is a hardy full sun perennial and there are other (nicer) varieties available in the nursery trade you may want to search for.