A key step to a thriving sun garden is choosing plants that are suited to the hours and intensity of light, and to the moisture available, in the selected planting site.
- Plants labeled as FULL SUN will do best with at least 6-8 hours of sun exposure.
- Those labeled as PART SUN can often do well on 2-4 hours and are best in morning light rather that intense afternoon sun – especially in southern climes.
- Also take note of whether the desired plants need soil that is kept moist or, are more tolerant of dryness and even drought.
Assembling a collection of plants with both matching light and water requirements, puts your garden on the road to sunny success!
Consider these common factors when planning any garden:
- views to the garden and
- ease of access for care
- enjoyment of the plantings
To create a full and attractive garden, select plants offering a mixture of textures, forms, heights, as well as bloom and foliage colors. Choose contrasting colors to create an energizing space and harmonious ones where a more restful feel is desired. Dashes of white or silvery blue keep things feeling cooler.
Local nurseries offer a wide selection of sun loving plants, suited to your growing region, and often have them grouped by water needs. Search tools at online nurseries are also a great assist with finding plants with compatible sun and water requirements. Perennial Resource even has a “find a Professional” tab that shows nurseries in a given zip code that carry the plants found on their site.