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Perennial plants for the sun

This is a listing of perennials for the sunny garden by botanical name. Soil and moisture conditions should also be taken into account when choosing plants, but this will help narrow your search for plants that are primarily considered sun plants.

Also be sure to check out Bearded Iris, Daylilies (Hemerocallis) and Lilies (Lilium).
Achillea (yarrow)
Achillea (yarrow)
Agastache (anise hyssop, hummingbird mint)
Agastache (anise hyssop, hummingbird mint)
Allium (curly allium, German garlic)
Allium (curly allium, German garlic)
Amsonia (blue star)
Amsonia (blue star)
Anemone (Japanese anemone)
Anemone (Japanese anemone)
Asclepias (butterfly weed)
Asclepias (butterfly weed)
Aster
Aster
Baptisia (false indigo)
Baptisia (false indigo)
Belamcanda (blackberry lily)
Belamcanda (blackberry lily)
Caryopteris (bluebeard)
Caryopteris (bluebeard)
Centaurea (bachelor's button)
Centaurea (bachelor's button)
Ceratostigma (plumbago)
Ceratostigma (plumbago)
Chelone (turtlehead)
Chelone (turtlehead)
Chrysanthemum (hardy garden mum)
Chrysanthemum (hardy garden mum)
Clematis (herbaceous)
Clematis (herbaceous)
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Crocosmia (montbretia)
Crocosmia (montbretia)
Dictamnus (gas plant)
Dictamnus (gas plant)
Echinacea (coneflower)
Echinacea (coneflower)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye weed)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye weed)
Euphorbia (cushion spurge)
Euphorbia (cushion spurge)
Geranium (cranesbill, hardy geranium)
Geranium (cranesbill, hardy geranium)
Gypsophila (baby's breath)
Gypsophila (baby's breath)
Helianthus (perennial sunflower)
Helianthus (perennial sunflower)
Heliopsis (false sunflower)
Heliopsis (false sunflower)
Hemerocallis (daylilies)
Hemerocallis (daylilies)
Heuchera (coral bells)
Heuchera (coral bells)
Hibiscus (hardy hibiscus)
Hibiscus (hardy hibiscus)
Humulus (hops)
Humulus (hops)
Iris
Iris
Kniphofia (red hot poker)
Kniphofia (red hot poker)
Leucanthemum (shasta daisy)
Leucanthemum (shasta daisy)
Liatris (gayfeather)
Liatris (gayfeather)
Lilium (lilies)
Lilium (lilies)
Monarda (bee balm)
Monarda (bee balm)
Nepeta (catmint, catnip)
Nepeta (catmint, catnip)
Oenothera (sundrops, Missouri primrose)
Oenothera (sundrops, Missouri primrose)
Papaver (Oriental poppy)
Papaver (Oriental poppy)
Pardancanda (candy lily)
Pardancanda (candy lily)
Penstemon (beardtongue)
Penstemon (beardtongue)
Perovskia (Russian sage)
Perovskia (Russian sage)
Phlox
Phlox
Platycodon (balloon flower)
Platycodon (balloon flower)
Polemonium (Jacob's ladder)
Polemonium (Jacob's ladder)
Pulsatilla (pasque flower)
Pulsatilla (pasque flower)
Rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan)
Salvia (sage)
Salvia (sage)
Sedum (stonecrop)
Sedum (stonecrop)
Stachys (betony)
Stachys (betony)
Stokesia (Stoke's aster)
Stokesia (Stoke's aster)
Tanacetum (painted daisy)
Tanacetum (painted daisy)
Veronica (speedwell)
Veronica (speedwell)
Yucca (Adam's needle)
Yucca (Adam's needle)

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Salvia 'Crystal Blue'

Salvia 'Crystal Blue' has sky-blue flowers over gray-green foliage, growing just 20" high.  It is a nice cool colored Salvia that is different from the traditional violet shades, and it is somewhat compact with a mounding habit.  Salvia 'Crystal Blue' is a Proven Winners® perennial selection and like most Salvia it performs best in rich soil with even moisture. (PP#26344)


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    Sedum 'Abbeydore'

    Sedum 'Abbeydore' is a compact but vigorous clumping sedum with blue-green foliage and the look of a short Sedum 'Autumn Joy'. In late summer the leaf edges and stems turn pinkish and it is topped with pink buds opening to reddish-pink flowers followed by reddish seed pods.


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    Sedum 'Angelina'

    Sedum 'Angelina' is a low growing groundcover with bright golden yellow, soft needle-like foliage with yellow flowers. It takes on a reddish-orange tint in cold weather and the fantastic foliage persists all winter long, even in cold climates.


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    Sedum 'Autumn Delight'

    Sedum Autumn Delight™ (aka Sedum 'Beka') is a yellow centered, blue-green edged sport of Sedum 'Autumn Charm'.  It grows 24" high with light pink flowers in the fall. (PP#18398)


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    Sedum 'Autumn Fire'

    Sedum 'Autumn Fire' is an upright, clumping plant with blue-green foliage and pink flowers that age to brick red in late summer and fall. This is an improved selection of Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.


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    Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

    Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is the classic clumping sedum with blue-green foliage and pink flowers that age to brick red in late summer and fall. Neglect it in lean, dry conditions for the best growth habit.


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    Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'

    Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' forms a low growing, cascading clump of bluish-purple foliage topped with reddish-pink flowers in summer. It works well in the rock garden or along ledges and borders.


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    Sedum 'Blue Spruce'

    Sedum 'Blue Spruce' is an easy groundcover with 6" high needle-like, blue-green foliage. In summer it has many upright stems carrying small yellow flowers. It will creep and self-sow to form a dense colony.


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    Sedum 'Cherry Truffle'

    Sedum 'Cherry Truffle' (PP#24602) is a mid-sized upright sedum that develops dark purple-red to glossy red-black leaves and is topped with pink flower clusters in late summer. It colors best in hot sun and grows 18" high.


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    Sedum 'Cloud Walker' PP#17406

    Sedum 'Cloud Walker' is an upright yet arching, mounding plant with blue-green foliage and pink tinted stems that is covered with iight pink flowers in mid summer. Prefers a cooler setting for best performance.


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    Sedum 'Dazzleberry'

    Sedum 'Dazzleberry' (PP#22457) has smoky blue-gray foliage and large raspberry pink flowers in late summer. The foliage and flowers are larger than most Sedum telephium hybrids but it still only forms an 8" high and 18" wide, dense spreading mound.


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    Sedum 'Firecracker'

    Sedum 'Firecracker' (PP#26595) has low growing burgundy-red foliage that holds its color all season long and is topped with vibrant pink flowers in late summer and early fall. It grows 6" high and spreads slowly to form a dense little clump.


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    Sedum 'Frosted Fire'

    Sedum 'Frosted Fire' is a white edge variegated sport of the blue-green leaf Sedum 'Autumn Fire'.  It has nice clean variegation and pink flowers in the fall, growing relatively compact at 15" high and 18" wide.


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    Sedum 'Hab Gray'

    Sedum 'Hab Gray' forms an upright, arching clump of bluish, gray-green foliage with reddish stems that carry pale yellow buds that open to creamy yellow flowers in mid to late summer.


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    Sedum 'Hot Stuff'

    Sedum 'Hot Stuff' (PP#17212) is a bright, neon purplish-pink with strong, short stems on a very compact plant. It makes an excellent companion to taller Sedum such as 'Matrona' or 'Xenox' and makes the most impact in the garden when planted in groups.


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    Sedum 'John Creech'
    Sedum 'John Creech' is a vigorous growing groundcover with bright green scalloped foliage and pink flowers in the summer.

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    Sedum 'Lemonjade'

    Sedum 'Lemonjade' has semi-upright blue-green foliage that is completely covered with creamy-yellow flowers in early fall which ripen to rosy peach seed heads. It is a relatively compact Proven Winners™ perennial selection growing 18" high and 24" wide. (PP#26448)


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    Sedum 'Lime Zinger'

    Sedum 'Lime Zinger' (PP#24632) is a slowly spreading plant with green leaves edged in reddish-pink and topped with large clusters of pink flowers in late summer. It prefers semi-dry conditions, grows 4" tall, and spreads to form a mat of foliage.


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    Sedum 'Matrona'

    Sedum 'Matrona' is an upright, clumping plant with nice blue-green foliage that has rose colored veins on burgundy-rose stems topped with many light pink flowers in late summer.


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    Sedum 'Neon'

    Sedum 'Neon' has bright, rosy-magenta blooms over light green foliage forming a somewhat compact, upright clump.


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    Sedum 'Pure Joy'

    Sedum 'Pure Joy' is a short, semi-upright sedum with blue-green, serrated foliage that is completely covered with bubblegum pink flowers in late summer. It grows 12" high and is a great addition to the dry, sunny border. (PP#24194)


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    Sedum 'Striatum'

    Sedum 'Striatum' forms a low mound of delicate looking foliage that is topped with yellow flowers in late summer. It is evergreen and grows about 6" high.


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    Sedum 'Thundercloud'

    Sedum 'Thundercloud' (PP#21833) is a dwarf upright sedum with finely dissected, light blue-green foliage that is covered with relatively large pale pink flower heads in mid to late summer. Grows 10" high.


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    Sedum 'Touchdown Teak'

    Sedum 'Touchdown Teak' has nice glossy red-brown to purple-brown leaves, red stems, and a vigorous, upright-but low habit, capped with rose-red flowers in late summer.  It grows 15" high and 18" wide. (PP#26078)


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    Sedum 'Turkish Delight'

    Sedum 'Turkish Delight' forms a nice little mound of blue-gray, purple tinted foliage that darkens to dark purple when grown in hot sun and it is topped with pink flowers in late summer.  Grows just 6" high and 12" wide.


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    Sedum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'

    Sedum 'Weihenstephaner Gold' is an easy to grow, dense spreading groundcover with lightly toothed, rounded green foliage held on reddish stems and topped with star-shaped, canary yellow flowers in summer.


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    Sedum acre

    Sedum acre is a tightly low growing groundcover topped with yellow flowers in the spring. It grows 2 to 4" high and spreads as far as allowed, looking great cascading over rocks or used between stepping stones, just trim away the excess.


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    Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'

    Sedum album 'Coral Carpet' is a very low groundcover with small rounded coral turning green leaflets and tiny, starry white flowers in late spring. New growth is coral colored and then it becomes green.


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    Sedum album 'Red Ice'

    Sedum album 'Red Ice' is a very low groundcover with small rounded blue-green leaflets and tiny, starry white flowers in late spring. In fall and winter it takes on a deep red hue.


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    Sedum sieboldii

    Sedum sieboldii is a slowly spreading plant that forms a cascading mound of rounded blue-green foliage with a pink edge and pink flowers in the fall.


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    Stachys 'Hummelo'

    Stachys 'Hummelo' has bright lavender-rose flower spikes that grow 24" high above green scalloped basal foliage. It adds excellent color to the summer perennial garden and grows well in almost any soil in sun to part shade.


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    Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick'

    Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick' is the best selection of purple Stokes' aster we've grown, showing excellent vigor and improved winter hardiness.  The lavender-blue, 2 to 3" flowers are held on 12 to 18" stems, flowering from midsummer to fall.


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    Tanacetum 'Robinson's Mix'

    Tanacetum 'Robinson's Mix' has early summer flowers in a mixture of white, pink, or magenta-red, yellow centered daisies on 24 to 36" stems.  Each plant will be a different color, but they all have attractive, lacy, fern-like foliage.


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    Tanacetum 'Robinson's Red'

    Tanacetum 'Robinson's Red' produces many magenta-red, yellow centered daisies on 24 to 36" stems in early summer above lacy, fern-like foliage. It will naturalize in a sunny, well-drained location and makes a great cut flower.


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    Veronica 'First Love'

    Veronica 'First Love' (PPAF) is a nicely branching, heat and drought tolerant summer flowering perennial with deep fluorescent pink spikes up to 16" high and growing 18 to 24" wide.


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    Veronica 'Georgia Blue'

    Veronica 'Georgia Blue' is a terrific groundcover for the sun to part shade garden, forming a low mat of round, dark green foliage that is completely covered with tiny medium blue flowers in spring.


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    Veronica 'Goodness Grows'

    Veronica 'Goodness Grows' is one of the best of the violet-blue spike speedwell. It forms a low growing mat of foliage and has violet-blue flowers spikes all summer long over clean green foliage. It grows 14" high and spreads 15 to 18" wide.


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    Veronica 'Raevis' - Crystal River®

    Veronica 'Leavis' - Crystal River® is a vigorous evergreen groundcover that thrives in the dry, sunny garden.  It forms a low mat of tiny green leaves and in the spring it is covered with many tiny blue flowers on short stalks, only a few inches high.


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    Veronica 'Tickled Pink'

    Veronica 'Tickled Pink' (PP#16182) is a beautiful and vigorous, mat forming speedwell with long blooming, medium pink flower spikes in summer over clean green foliage. It grows 16" high and spreads 18 to 24" wide.


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    Veronica 'Waterperry Blue'

    Veronica 'Waterperry Blue' is an easy to grow groundcover for the sun to part sun garden, forming a low, trailing mat of shiny green leaves covered with many tiny lavender-blue striped flowers in spring and summer.


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    Veronica 'Whitewater'

    Veronica 'Whitewater' (PP#22783) is a white sport of the popular Veronica 'Waterperry Blue'. It is an easy to grow groundcover for the sun to part sun garden, forming a low, trailing mat of shiny green leaves covered with tiny white flowers in spring and summer.


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    Yucca 'Color Guard'

    Yucca 'Color Guard' is a colorful plant with creamy yellow centers and blue-green edges. It stays small and is slow growing to about 18 to 24" high and wide yet adds an excellent foliage accent to the sunny garden, looking great with dark leaved Sedum or hardy Geranium.


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    Yucca 'Excalibur'

    Yucca 'Excalibur' has attractive blue-green foliage with many fine filaments at its edges, forming a uniform, spiky, 24" high by 30" wide mound. In summer it will have spikes of creamy white flowers. Overall it is smaller and more uniform than the species.


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