Perennials for Sun at Plant Paradise Country Gardens


The amount of different perennials there are for sun are staggering. The photos below have characteristics that make them our top 8 best perennials for sun. The book, Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden has a whole section dedicated to beautiful plant combinations for sun. We continue ongoing trials of new perennials for sun every year at Plant Paradise Country Gardens. With the information we discover, only the best-of-the-best perennials remain in our catalog.

Some perennials for sun are more drought tolerant than others. Once established, Sedums, Ornamental grasses, Baptisia, Nepeta, Heliopsis, Eryngium, Hemerocallis, Acanthus, Gaillardia, Geranium and Irises are all very drought tolerant plants for sun. Many perennials for sun also have the added benefit of attracting butterflies, bees and pollinators such as Alliums, Monarda, Veronica, Echinops, Astrantia, Buddleia, Achillea, Penstemon, Liatris, Agastache, Lavender, Salvia, Aster, Phlox, Astrantia. It is a long list of perennials for sun and there are many more. The book, A Recipe for Continuous Bloom, provides a guide for choosing some of the best perennials for sun that will flower from spring until fall.

Most perennials for sun can tolerate some degree of shade. If you find your sun perennials are not growing very well, it might be because they are planted in too much shade. It might also be the quality of your soil. In sunny gardens the soil tends to dry out quicker. To create moisture retentive, well drained soil in sandy or clay soil just top-dress your gardens with compost or worm castings. By adding compost yearly you will begin to see that your perennials for sun will tolerate drought conditions better and will recover faster. The bigger the plant root the better equipped your plant can handle drought conditions. By adding all natural mycorrhizal fungi ‘Root Rescue‘ it will contribute to growing a bigger root faster which creates a healthier plant with greater resistance to pests and disease. Root Rescue is for sale at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.

There are many different hybrid cultivars of the same plant family. For example, Monarda is the botanical name and the name that follows is the cultivar name, as in Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’. Each named cultivar in the same botanical family has its own unique set of different traits and qualities which could include a different height, bloom colour and disease resistance along with other features. View the complete catalog of perennials for sun that are available at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.

For more information on this topic and others, attend one or our free garden workshops.

Monarda 'Purple Rooster'

Monarda 'Purple Rooster'


Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine'

Heliopsis 'Sunstruck'

(false sunflower)




Pennisetum 'Red Head'

Pennisetum 'Red Head'

(hardy ornamental grass)

Allium Millenium

Allium 'Millenium'

(ornamental onion)

Veronica 'Very van Gogh'


Echinops 'Blue Glow'

(globe thistle)

Sedum 'Class Act'

Sedum 'Class Act'


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