good full sun perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Flint, Mi
Question by saddlebronco
March 28, 2008
I have 2 full sun flower beds in front of my house and I am looking for a way to keep flowers blooming all thru the season. I currently have snow in summer for my front border which bloom a small white flower and have white to silvery foilage. So I am looking to add color to these planting beds. Please send some Ideas and care these new plants .

Answer from NGA
March 28, 2008


Here are some stellar performers you might want to add to your landscape:
'Alabama' Sun Coleus (Solenostemon x) This versatile sun coleus blends easily with any other color in the garden.
'Cranberry Salad' Sun Coleus (Solenostemon x) The name is a perfect description of this cheery speckled sun coleus.
'Rubrum' Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum) This glowing annual grass is quickly adds height in the landscape.
'Marguarite' Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas) Boldly goes where no foliage has gone before.
Brazilian Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) These misty purple flowers gracefully fill gaps between perennials and other annuals.
Black-Eyed Susan yellow daisy-like showy flowers, native plant
Blanket Flower, Gaillardia red & yellow bright blossoms, flower first year
Bleeding Heart rose & pink likes some shade, good shrubby border
Bulbs varies rich soil, good drainage, sunny location
Chrysanthemums assorted sun or partial shade, reliable
Clustered Bellflower purple very dependable, tolerates shade, for large rock gardens
Columbine varies tolerates shade, very reliable, long bloom period
Coreopsis yellow reliable, blooms all summer
Creeping phlox pinks, white low, spreading plant, colorful blooms in spring, good rock garden plant
Daisy (painted) pink, red, white colorful, reliable, likes full sun
Daisy (Shasta) white forms large clumps, good cut flower
Daylily yellow, orange, red hardy, low-maintenance plant, forms large clumps
Delphinium blue, purple, pink state plants or shelter from wind
Dianthus red, pink, white many varieties, good for rock gardens
Flax blue full sun, drought resistant, native
Forget-Me-Not blue partial shade, much water, groundcover
Foxglove red, pink, dependable only
Penstemon Beard Tongue varies full sun or light shade, short-lived if
Peony red, pink, white long-lived, prepare soil 18 inches deep
Phlox white, purple full sun, mid-summer bloom
Poppies (Iceland) varies good cut flowers, sow seed in early spring
Poppies (Alpine) varies
Poppies (Oriental) red, pink, orange
Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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