Easy Care Perennials for Sun

As the summer months start to sizzle and spring flowers fade, it’s time to plan and make room for perennials that come alive and bloom gloriously from now into autumn. 

 

  Easy Care Perennials For Sun - Black Eyed Susan

 

BLACK-EYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia)

Flowers: Black-eyed Susan, the golden highlight of mid to late summer. Create a wave of golden yellow when planted in multiples or drifts.

Mature Size: 30”+ tall and shorter, depending on variety

Bloom time: July to early October.

Light: Full or part sun.

Why we like them: They are a tough and deer-resistant group of perennials that bloom for 3+ months. Give these plants room and they will turn into a pot of gold!

Classic combinations: Drifts of Black-eyed Susan and ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) 

 

Echinacea Raspberry Truffle

 

CONEFLOWER (Echinacea 'Raspberry Truffle'):

Flowers: The flowers emerge as a single coral pink with a chocolate cone and then develop their pom-pom center as they mature. Plants have a  bushy, upright habit.

Mature Size: 28 - 30” tall

Bloom time: Mid summer to late summer

Light: Full sun

Why we like them: Coneflowers thrive in an average, well-drained soil. Unusual flower form and gorgeous color. First, the butterflies are attracted to the nectar and later, the finches love the dried seeds in the cone. Collect a new coneflower variety every year... they are available in a stunning variety of colors and heights.

Classic combinations: The daisy-shaped Coneflower flowers pair well with the clouds of the tiny, white-flowers of Calamint (Calamintha nepeta nepeta). Place the 12-inch tall, Calamint in front of taller Coneflowers or other perennials. Both are deer resistant. 

 

Easy Care Perennials For Sun - Asters

 

ASTER (Aster x frikarti ‘Monch’): ‘Monch’ is a shrubby or mounded perennial aster with deep-green foliage and daisy-shaped flowers. Asters are one of the longest blooming perennials and come into their own in late summer—when most flowering plants are finished.

Flowers: These flowers are a classic, daisy shape—and available in many rich shades of purple, blue, magenta or white.

Mature Size: 2’-3’ tall.

Bloom time: July through September.

Light: Full sun to part shade.

Why we like them: Asters are one of the longest blooming perennials. Provide consistent moisture to keep the flowers from drying out. Pinch back in mid-summer to encourage the most blooms.

Classic combinations: Mounds of this Aster’s lavender-blue flowers with yellow centers combine well with Masterwort (Astrantia major), Coneflower (Echinacea), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) and Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’).

  

Sedum Brilliant

 

Sedum 'Brilliant' (Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant' ): The popular Sedum 'Brilliant' is one of the most durable and trouble-free of all border sedums. It's an upright variety with light green foliage and pink flowers.

Flowers: Dense flower clusters of deep rose-pink flowers

Mature Height: 18-inches tall

Bloom time: July through September

Light: Full sun

Why we like them: Foliage looks good all season long. Dependable flowers in mid summer through fall. Butterflies love them, too.

Classic combinations: Pair with Prairie Dropseed grass for a beautiful contrast in texture.