101 Perennial Flowers that Like Sun (A to Z Picture Database)

Discover 101 perennials that like the sun. Extensive A to Z database of sun-loving perennials that includes photos and all the details you need to know if it's the right option for your garden.

 

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Sun-Loving Perennials Gallery

Bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis)

bear's breeches_Acanthus mollis
Common Name:
Bear's breeches
Scientific Name:
Acanthus mollis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
White (sometimes pink)
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
7 to 10
Height At Maturity:
36-60"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bearded penstemon (Penstemon barbatus)

bearded penstemon_Penstemon barbatus
Common Name:
Bearded penstemon
Scientific Name:
Penstemon barbatus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6.1-7.8
Flower Color:
Rose red
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Beardtongue

3-Beardtongue
Common Name:
Beardtongue
Scientific Name:
Penstemon
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Not much at all. Likes sandy, loose soil.
Soil PH:
5.5 to 7 (neutral)
Flower Color:
Red, pink, violet, yellow, blue, white and orange
Special Characteristics:
Fast-growing / Good for cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 through 9
Height At Maturity:
60"
Sun:
Full sun

Beardtongue (Penstemon canescens)

beardtongue_Penstemon canescens
Common Name:
Beardtongue
Scientific Name:
Penstemon canescens
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Pale to dark violet
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis “Husker Red”)

beardtongue_Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Common Name:
Beardtongue
Scientific Name:
Penstemon digitalis "Husker Red"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)

beardtongue_Penstemon digitalis
Common Name:
Beardtongue
Scientific Name:
Penstemon digitalis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6.2-6.8
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
36-60"
Sun:
Full sun

Bee balm (Monarda “Gardenview Scarlet”)

bee balm_Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda "Gardenview Scarlet"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds, deer-resistant, showy flowers, cut flowers, fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bee balm (Monarda “Mahogany”)

bee balm_Monarda 'Mahogany'
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda "Mahogany"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Wine red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, fragrant, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bee balm (Monarda didyma)

bee balm_Monarda didyma
Common Name:
Bee balm
Scientific Name:
Monarda didyma
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6-7
Flower Color:
Red
Special Characteristics:
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, deer-resistant, tolerates rabbit, showy flowers, fragrant, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower (Campanula “Summertime Blues”)

bellflower_Campanula 'Summertime Blues'
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
(Campanula "Summertime Blues")
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
Silvery blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower (Campanula kemulariae)

bellflower_Campanula kemulariae
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula kemulariae
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Lavender-blue
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower (Campanula latifolia)

bellflower_Campanula latifolia
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula latifolia
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.8-7.7
Flower Color:
Purplish-blue
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
36-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower (Campanula takesimana “Elizabeth”)

bellflower_Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth'
Common Name:
Bellflower
Scientific Name:
Campanula takesimana "Elizabeth"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Pale pink
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 8
Height At Maturity:
18-24"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bellflower beardtongue (Penstemon campanulatus)

bellflower beardtongue_Penstemon campanulatus
Common Name:
Bellflower beardtongue
Scientific Name:
Penstemon campanulatus
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Purple-pink to violet
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
7 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)

bells-of-Ireland_Moluccella-laevis
Common Name:
Bells of Ireland
Scientific Name:
Moluccella laevis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
White flowers in green calyces
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, fragrant, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
24-36'
Sun:
Full sun

Big betony (Stachys macrantha)

big betony_Stachys macrantha
Common Name:
Big betony
Scientific Name:
Stachys macrantha
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8 - 6.8
Flower Color:
Pinkish-purple
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
12-24"
Sun:
Full sun

Big blue lilyturf (Liriope muscari)

big blue lilyturf_Liriope muscari
Common Name:
Big blue lilyturf
Scientific Name:
Liriope muscari
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.0 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Lavender
Special Characteristics:
Tolerates rabbit, deer-resistant, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12-18”
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bighead knapweed (Centaurea macrocephala)

bighead knapweed_Centaurea macrocephala
Common Name:
Bighead knapweed
Scientific Name:
Centaurea macrocephala
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
5.8-7.0
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers, easy-to-grow, cut flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
36-48"
Sun:
Full sun

Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

bird of paradise_Strelitzia reginae
Common Name:
Bird of paradise
Scientific Name:
Strelitzia reginae
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Orange/blue
Special Characteristics:
Showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 12
Height At Maturity:
42-48"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bird’s foot violet (Viola pedata)

bird's foot violet_Viola pedata
Common Name:
Bird's foot violet
Scientific Name:
Viola pedata
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
5-6
Flower Color:
Lilac/purple
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
3-6"
Sun:
Full sun

Bishop’s weed (Aegopodium podagraria “Variegatum”)

bishop's weed_Aegopodium podagraria_ 'Variegatum'
Common Name:
Bishop's weed
Scientific Name:
Aegopodium podagraria "Variegatum"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
White
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 9
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full sun to part shade

Bishop’s wort (Stachys officinalis)

bishop's wort_Stachys officinalis
Common Name:
Bishop's wort
Scientific Name:
Stachys officinalis
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Reddish-purple
Special Characteristics:
Deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4 to 8
Height At Maturity:
18-24"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia “Herbstsonne”)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne'
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia "Herbstsonne"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.8-7.2
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 9
Height At Maturity:
48-74"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii “Goldsturm”)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii "Goldsturm"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
5.6-7.5
Flower Color:
Yellow rays with black center disk
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Tolerates drought
Soil PH:
6-8
Flower Color:
Yellow-orange rays with purple-brown center
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 9
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta “Autumn Colors”)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors'
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia hirta "Autumn Colors"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8-6.2
Flower Color:
Bicolor shades of yellow, orange, red and brown with a brown cone
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, cut flowers, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3-7
Height At Maturity:
18-24"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta “Indian Summer”)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia hirta "Indian Summer"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.6 to 6.0
Flower Color:
Bright yellow rays and purplish-brown center disks
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
24-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta “Prairie Sun”)

black-eyed Susan_Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun'
Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia hirta "Prairie Sun"
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.8-6.2
Flower Color:
Yellow-tipped orange rays with green center disk
Special Characteristics:
Attracts butterflies, deer-resistant, cut flowers, showy flowers, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
30-36"
Sun:
Full sun

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

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Common Name:
Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia hirta
Type:
Prennial
Water:
moderate to dry
Soil PH:
6.8 to 7.2
Flower Color:
Yellow, orange, red with maroon to orange banding at petal bases
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, container, easy-to-grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 10
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"
Sun:
Full

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Common Name:
Black-Eyed Susan
Scientific Name:
Rudbeckia hirta
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.5 to 6.8
Flower Color:
Yellow to orange-yellow rays and dark brown centers
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 7
Height At Maturity:
24"-36"
Sun:
Full Sun

Related: Our list of the 30 Prettiest Perennial Flowers

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. See our gallery of perennials that like shade as well.

Perennialss 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.