The Q&A Archives: Sunny Border Flowers

Question: Please suggest some border flowers and plants (perennial and annual) that I can place around a deck with sunny exposure. I would like color for as many seasons as possible.

Answer: Some perennial flowers that enjoy full sun include daylilies, purple coneflowers, black eyed Susans, nepeta, liatris and coreopsis. Some favorite annuals for sunny spots include cleome, nicotiana, sunflowers, dianthus, red and blue salvia, marigolds, petunias and zinnias. Summer-blooming bulbs (gladiolas, cannas, dahlias) and annual vines (morning glories, hyacinth bean, cardinal and canary creeper). Plants with colored foliage such as heuchera, or with leaves that change through the season, such as the ornamental grasses, can provide all season interest. By choosing tulips, daffodils and crocus varities that blossom at different times, you can enjoy extended spring bulb blossoms for two months. Mums, solidago, asters, and perovskia provide late season color.

With such a wide pallette of forms and color to work with, the hard part will be deciding which of the many options to grow! You have a long winter to think about what kind of color scheme and overall look you want to achieve. Enjoy!

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