The Q&A Archives: Perennials for a Hot, Sunny Location (zone 5)

Question: I would like to know which perennials grow best in a hot sunny location in Zone 5. I have a flower bed that measures about 10 feet by 8 feet that gets direct sun most of the day with a southern exposure. Most of the flowers I've tried in the past couldn't withstand the constant sun and heat. I'm trying to stay away from annuals this year, can you help me? Gail Ladd Toledo, OH

Answer: Look for rock garden plants...they love hot, dry locations: Armeria maritima (thrift), Achillea tomentosa, Anemone pulsatilla (Pasqueflower), Antennaria dioica (pussytoes), Arabis (rockcress), Sempervivum, Sedum, Phlox, Iris, Iberis sempervirens, Campanula, and Dianthus for starters!

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