summer plant - Knowledgebase Question

Pineville, No
Question by civitelloe
June 27, 2010
Just moved from upstate NY; need ideas for plants that will thrive around the mailbox, in full sun all day. Pansies didn't make it, despite daily watering. Ideas? Prefer perennials.


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Answer from NGA
June 27, 2010

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Pansies are nice in the winter and early spring but they sure don't like full sunshine in the summer time! You will have more success if you plant drought tolerant perennials in the site. Here are a few suggestions: Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Artemisia; 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; 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 this information is helpful.

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