Problem-Gardens getting all day sun - Knowledgebase Question

Cincinnati, Oh
Question by nannikat5
July 26, 2010
I bought my 1st home last yr so am a beginner gardener. My gardens encircle the house. Maybe called border gardens? The front and back get full sun ALL day. How do I keep the plants from burning up? Also, I have a slug problem munching my hostas. One more question-lots of spiders and webs. Is this a problem? Thanks so much, Carol


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Answer from NGA
July 26, 2010

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First of all, congratulations on your new home! Gardening is fun and rewarding but it can also be a little challenging when you're the new kid on the block. Glad you've taken the time to assess the planting site in terms of exposure to sunshine. For success in those hot, dry spots I suggest planting drought tolerant perennials. Once established they should thrive. Some colorful perennials to consider planting include Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein. As for the spiders and webs, spiders are considered beneficial in the garden because they prey on destructive insects. They won't hurt your plants and they usually scurry away when there's activity in the garden. Best wishes with your new garden!

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