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10 Favorite Sun Perennials
Sun perennials are a must for bordering your perennial flower
gardens. The vibrant colors give you an eyeful no matter what the
season. Our gardening editors have put together a list of the top
10 sun perennials that have gone on to become their favorites.
There were so many to choose from, but here is what we have zeroed
With hardly any maintenance and bountiful blooms, these sun
perennials are sure to please everyone.
These little florets arranged in a prominent, somewhat
cone-shaped head are hardy sun-resistant perennials and a great
choice to start off a list of favorite sun perennials. They are
herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing to 1 or 2 m
in height. They tolerate a wide variety of conditions, maintain
attractive foliage throughout the season, and multiply rapidly.
Echinacea, notably P. purpurea (shown in picture), E.
angustifolia, and E. pallida, are grown as ornamental plants in
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Black-eyed Susan, Blackiehead,
Brown Betty, Brown Daisy, Brown-eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy, Golden
Jerusalem, Poorland Daisy, Yellow Daisy or Yellow Ox-eye Daisy -
whatever you choose to call it, this beautiful perennial which is
the state Floral Emblem of Maryland will refresh your spirits every
time you see the abundant blooms in your flower bed.
It flowers from June to August and can reach a height of 1-2 m.
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These old-fashioned beauties are a personal favorite and remind
me of Victorian style outdoor entertaining in green lawns with
these full blooming beauties arranged in white wicker baskets.
These State flowers of Indiana are extensively grown as
ornamental plants for their very large, often scented flowers.
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Aster comes from the Greek word for "star", and refers to the
shape of the flower head. A great thing about these is that they
can grow in all hardiness zones.
If you have a cut-flower garden, these are must haves. You can
simply toss lots of them in any vase or containers making a
free-style arrangement without the need for any other flower
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Phlox (meaning 'flame' in Greek) is a genus of 67 species of
annual or perennial flowering plants. Our favorite Summer Phlox
(shown in the picture) is the most commonly offered offered Phlox
in nurseries has white, pink or red blooms and grows 3-4 ft. in
If you like to have butterflies in your summer garden, then this
plant should be a staple in your flower beds.
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The Garden Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) is a highly
fragrant perennial plant, originally from Peru. It is especially
notable for its intense, rather vanilla-like fragrance. A common
name for it is cherry pie.
It grows in bunches and will delight you with its abundance.
Another must-have for flower lovers.
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Achillea millefolium or Yarrow (other common names Common
Yarrow, Gordaldo, Nosebleed plant, Old Man's Pepper, Sanguinary,
Soldier's Woundwort, Thousand-leaf, Thousand-seal) produces one to
several stems (0.2 to 1m tall).
It commonly flowers from May through June, and is a frequent
component in butterfly gardens.
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This ornamental onion bulb is one of the most striking North
American Alliums. It blooms from May to July with dense heads of
pink flowers and grows upto 9 inches in height.
Bunches of brght Allium Unifolium nestled among dark green
leaves will add color to your garden and are very easy to plant and
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Oxeye Sunflower - Heliopsis
From midsummer into fall, the Oxeye sunflower or Heliopsis
helianthoides plants bear 2 in (5.1 cm) bright flowers scattered
singly atop loosely branched tall bare stems.
Oxeye sunflower will grow in almost any moderately fertile soil and
prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade.
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One popular perennial is resilient, hardy and perfect for
transplanting from the first glimmers of spring into the dog-days
of summer, and all the way up to the first hard frost. That
perennial is the daylily. No sun-perennials list can ever be
complete without these popular favorites.
A long, informal border of lilies provides a soft barrier between
yards, or offers some privacy from the street. A more formal bed
containing three to five everblooming specimen plants can provide
an island of bloom in the middle of a well-kept lawn.
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