Extreme Sun Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Hilton, Ne
Question by judithrohr
June 8, 2010
Good evening! Have a wedge-shaped area, rather large, where the top is surrounded by driveway pavement and stone, bottom is wide & edged by shade, slightly sloped. Need perrenials that can take extreme afternoon sun & top area to tolerate heat generated from pavement heating up. We are in Rochester, NY. Perennials would be good, with annuals in between until perennials are established. Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 8, 2010


I'd plant heat and drought tolerant perennials in the site. Depending upon the amount of room you have, you can plant shrubby type perennials or ground hugging plants. Here are some of the most heat and drought tolerant perennials: 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; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Hosta sp. - Hosta; 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; and Yucca spp. - Yucca. Hope some work nicely for you in the space.

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