The Q&A Archives: types of flowers

Question: I live in the Southern California region. I have a small narrow area which face the sun. I am having a problem with plants surviving the direct sun ray during the summer months. Do you have suggestion of plants I can plant in the spring that will survive the summer?

Answer: Sounds as though the conditions are rather hot and dry. Just about any plant that grows well in a rock garden should thrive in the area you describe. Here are a few suggestions:

Achillea filipendulina (Fernleaf Yarrow); Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite);
Arabis caucasica (Rock Cress); Artemisias (Artemisias); Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed); Aurinia saxatilis (Basket-of-Gold); Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer); Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf Coreopsis); Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower); Echinops rito (Globe Thistle); Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly);
Euphorbia sp. (Spurge); Gaillardia sp. (Blanket Flower); Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft); Liatris sp. (Gayfeather, Blazing Star); Limonium sinuatum (Sea-Lavender); Malva alcea (Mallow); Oenothera missouriensis (Sundrop); Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage); Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox); Physostegia virginiana (Obedience Plant); Rudbeckia sp. (Black-eyed Susan); Sedum sp. (Stonecrop);
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear); Thymus vulgaris (Thyme); Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button).

Some of these plants can get rather large and others remain small so check the plant labels before making your choices so everything will fill the bed but not overgrow it.


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