Planning a Sun Garden


Planning a Sun Garden
  • Posted April 29, 2014

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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:

  • measurements 
  • views to the garden and 
  • ease of access for care 
  • watering 
  • 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.

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