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I love perennial flowers because you put the work in upfront and enjoy gorgeous flowers year-after-year. Here are 18 beautiful perennial flowers for sun.

Perennial Flowers for the Sun

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As we all know, perennial plants are those that bloom perfectly during their growth seasons in spring or summer and would wilt to dormancy during winter. However, these plants will most likely sprout back to life during their active seasons through their rootstocks and these types are known as herbaceous perennials.

What’s nice about perennial plants is that most of them love the sun and would prefer to stay exposed all throughout the day, while some considerably cannot tolerate too much sun exposure but are otherwise reliant to a few hours sun bathing for their greenery and pigmentation and would likely need moist soil to survive.

Perennial plants are important ornaments for non-shady and sunny locations like front yards and pathways, as these locations do not need distractive shading and coverings blocking the house’s view.

Some examples of these sun-loving perennials are artimisia, bearded iris and beardtongue, which we will give you further info below.

There are also self-seeding or self-sowing perennials plants that naturally grow in spring and summer without further efforts to cultivate them. Once spring or summer arrives, you will be amazed how they magically start to sprout out and cover the ground.

And as promised, here are a few of the best perennial plants you can grow outdoors. We have included some important requirements like the appropriate light and water they need as well as the best season and zones for these sun-loving foliage.

 

1. Artemisia

Artemisia is one of the known perennial plants that has low cushion greyish leaves that resemble ferns. They usually appear in buds of tiny silver or purple blossoms some time between mid and late June. They are best planted on curbs and blended with other perennials as front yard and backyard ornaments.

Artemisia is one of the known perennial plants that has low cushion greyish leaves that resemble ferns. They usually appear in buds of tiny silver or purple blossoms some time between mid and late June. They are best planted on curbs and blended with other perennials as front yard and backyard ornaments.

Zone: 4 to 10

Water: Watering them regularly would give them best performance especially on hotter days.

Light: They thrive in full sun.

Season: Summer but starts to flower in mid and late June.

2. Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris is named after a goddess who loved to ride rainbows, because of its colorful blooms that come in purple, yellow, white, orange, pink, blue and even multi-colored petals. This elegant and top of the choice perennial plant is easy to grow and hardy.


Bearded Iris is named after a goddess who loved to ride rainbows, because of its colorful blooms that come in purple, yellow, white, orange, pink, blue and even multi-colored petals. This elegant and top of the choice perennial plant is easy to grow and hardy.

Zone: 3 to 9

Water: Avoid too much watering to prevent them to rot from the roots. You may occasionally water them just to give them a slight moist soil.

Light: Full sun

Season: Best planted in late summer and blooms in spring time.

3. Beardtongue

Beardtongue are herbaceous perennials that grow from their rootstocks and are commonly found in mountainous areas along its foothills. They are also known as penstemon beardtongue. These sun-lovers are known for their nicely arranged tubular blossoms on a tall stalk that appears in dozens.

Beardtongue are herbaceous perennials that grow from their rootstocks and are commonly found in mountainous areas along its foothills. They are also known as penstemon beardtongue. These sun-lovers are known for their nicely arranged tubular blossoms on a tall stalk that appears in dozens.

Zone: 5 to 9

Water: Only needs occasional watering once established

Light: Partial to full sunlight

Season: Blooms in summer

4. Chrysanthemum

"Mums" as others would call these perennials. This is known as one of the most easiest to grow and maintain. There are over 100 of varieties that would give you multitudes in choosing over what type and color you like.

“Mums” as others would call these perennials. This is known as one of the most easiest to grow and maintain. There are over 100 of varieties that would give you multitudes in choosing over what type and color you like.

Zone: 3 to 9

Water: Water the plant around the soil to keep it moisten but not too soggy.

Light: Partial to full sun

Season: Blooming of mums depend on your zones but commonly they flower during late summer into early winter.

5. Coneflowers

Coneflowers are often mistaken as daisies as they resemble closely to them and are even fancied as growing badminton shuttlecock. They have an embossed ball-like center. These perennial plants do not only serve as a good sunlight tolerant ornament but are also a good medicinal plant.

Coneflowers are often mistaken as daisies as they resemble closely to them and are even fancied as growing badminton shuttlecock. They have an embossed ball-like center. These perennial plants do not only serve as a good sunlight tolerant ornament but are also a good medicinal plant.

Zone: 3 to 9

Water: Though these are drought tolerant plants, these still needs regular watering during long summer drought.

Light: Partial to full shade

Season: Typically bloom between June and October

6. Coreopsis

These have thread-like green foliage with nice blooms stretching on the end of its long stem. They can nicely grow in between rocks and are a great cut flower arrangement add on.

These have thread-like green foliage with nice blooms stretching on the end of its long stem. They can nicely grow in between rocks and are a great cut flower arrangement add on.

Zone: 4 to 9

Water: These are very drought tolerant but need a low to average watering.

Light: Full sun to light shade and need full shade to for prolific blooming.

Season: Bloom from spring to summer.

7. Daylily

These are the plants that belong to plant family Hemerocallidaceae, scientific name Hemerocallis. Many are loving these perennials because of their variety of colors, fragrance and its low maintenance feature.

These are the plants that belong to plant family Hemerocallidaceae, scientific name Hemerocallis. Many are loving these perennials because of their variety of colors, fragrance and its low maintenance feature.

Zone: 3 to 9

Water: Water well to keep the soil moist especially in its first year until established.

Light: Partial to full sun

Season: Bloom from late spring until autumn.

8. Delphinium

Delphiniums are known for their protruding spikey blue, white or purple blossoms. While other perennials are easy to maintain, this one is quite a challenge for gardeners as they require moist soil and would thrive in cool summer. They are also sensitive with rains and winds.

Delphiniums are known for their protruding spikey blue, white or purple blossoms. While other perennials are easy to maintain, this one is quite a challenge for gardeners as they require moist soil and would thrive in cool summer. They are also sensitive with rains and winds.

Zone: 3 to 7

Water: They love moist soil and should be watered during summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week.

Light: Part sun to full sun

Season: Summer

9. Dianthus

Dianthus commonly have pink, red or white blossoms. They are also known as Sweet Williams, carnations and pinks.

Dianthus commonly have pink, red or white blossoms. They are also known as Sweet Williams, carnations and pinks.

Zone: 5 to 9

Water: Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week.

Light: Partial to full sun. They can also adapt anywhere for as long as they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.

Season: They start to blossom in spring, summer, and autumn.

10. Echinacea

These are also coneflowers resembling to daisies. They are often found in many landscaping and gardens for their attractive purple petals and spikey raised center.

These are also coneflowers resembling to daisies. They are often found in many landscaping and gardens for their attractive purple petals and spikey raised center.

Zone: 3 to 8

Water: Needs regular watering especially during hot summer days.

Light: Flowers appear from mid summer thru fall

Season: Summer bloom

11. Gaillardia

Gaillardia are loved for its long blooming season and daisy-ish flame-like shades. They are very striking with their orange, red and yellow shades.

Gaillardia are loved for its long blooming season and daisy-ish flame-like shades. They are very striking with their orange, red and yellow shades.

Zone: 3 to 9

Water: These are very drought tolerant but still need to keep their moist soil.

Light: Full sun

Season: Early summer to early fall

12. Helenium

Helenium are very easy to propagate since they are herbaceous perennials. They have dazzling petals and soft middles. Striking flame like colors are also grown along with some yellow and red ones.

Helenium are very easy to propagate since they are herbaceous perennials. They have dazzling petals and soft middles. Striking flame like colors are also grown along with some yellow and red ones.

Zone: 2 to 9

Water: Keep new plants well watered and water all plants especially on dry days.

Light: Full sun

Season: Summer

13. Hibiscus

Often called rose mallow or swamp mallow, these herbaceous perennials are known for their large petals and colorful shades. Hibiscus are widely used not only as home or garden ornament but as medicinal plants. They are made into tea or liquid extracts.

Often called rose mallow or swamp mallow, these herbaceous perennials are known for their large petals and colorful shades. Hibiscus are widely used not only as home or garden ornament but as medicinal plants. They are made into tea or liquid extracts.

Zone: 4 to 9

Water: They need to be watered often in spring and summer.

Light: They require full sun for a good flowering plant.

Season: Growing seasons are spring and summer

14. Ice Plant

If you want to grow a drought tolerant flower for a low maintenance garden, then the Ice Plant is a good choice. They are called flowering succulents and perennial ground covers that blossom with daisy-like petals.

If you want to grow a drought tolerant flower for a low maintenance garden, then the Ice Plant is a good choice. They are called flowering succulents and perennial ground covers that blossom with daisy-like petals.

Zone: 5 to 9

Water: They only need little watering and they are quite drought tolerant just like other succulents.

Light: Full to light sun

Season: Fall and summer

15. Lavender

Do you know that lavenders do not just blossom in purple alone? They also have yellow, pink, white and red blossoms. Not only that, they also comes in different shapes and sizes.

Do you know that lavenders do not just blossom in purple alone? They also have yellow, pink, white and red blossoms. Not only that, they also comes in different shapes and sizes.

Zone: 5 to 9

Water: Once the lavenders are matured, they are totally drought resistant. They prefer dry soil over too wet of soil.

Light: Full sun

Season: Spring to summer

16. Lobelia

Lobelias have three to five showy petals that come in red, purple or blue. They are sometimes annuals or perennials and are easy to grow and propagate.

Lobelias have three to five showy petals that come in red, purple or blue. They are sometimes annuals or perennials and are easy to grow and propagate.

Zone: 4 to 9

Water: Regular watering twice a week is important to keep the soil moist, especially during dry and hot seasons.

Light: Full sun or partial shade

Season: Late summer to early fall

17. Rudbeckia

These are also one of the daisy-like resembling perennial plants that stun in either flame-like or golden shades on their blossoms.

These are also one of the daisy-like resembling perennial plants that stun in either flame-like or golden shades on their blossoms.

Zone: 5 to 9

Water: Keep moist soil and water them during the summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week.

Light: Full sun to light shade

Season: Summer bloom

18. Salvia

Salvias are known as the largest genus from the mint family. These are also known by its common name as sage, that are the mainstays in mid summer plots.

Salvias are known as the largest genus from the mint family. These are also known by its common name as sage, that are the mainstays in mid summer plots.

Zone: 8 to 10

Water: To keep the soil from drying out, soak with water at least half an inch deep.

Light: Full sun to partly shady

Season: Summer

19. Sedum

These are the large genus flowering plants from the family Crassulaceae and are also known as stonecrops. They are succulent ground covers with star-shaped blooms.

These are the large genus flowering plants from the family Crassulaceae and are also known as stonecrops. They are succulent ground covers with star-shaped blooms.

Zone: 3 to 7

Water: Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than one inch per week.

Light: Full sun to light shade

Season: Bloom in late summer and fall.

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