Enjoy 7 great sun loving perennials that are easy to grow, deer and drought resistant, attract butterflies and bees and work well in flower arrangements.
It seems like our lives are so busy, and though I love my garden, I find that sometimes, it is hard to find the time to take care of all the tasks needed to maintain it. One way I found that helps, is finding those plants the make your life easy. Today, I’m sharing seven of my favorite sun-loving perennials that anyone can grow.
Full Sun Perennials Characteristics
- Grow well in the sun
- Hardy to zones 5-8 (find your zone here)
- Deer resistant
- Drought tolerant
- Attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds
- Great cut flowers for use in arrangements
1. Catmint — Nepeta faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’
Perennial Plant Association winner in 2007. Any plant on the PPA award list is a great choice for the garden. They always choose those that are easy to grow in many conditions, in many areas and have long blooms times, etc.. I particularly love the grey-blue foliage of this mounding plant which looks great all summer.
2. Perennial Bachelor’s Button — Centaurea montana
Some say this is an invasive annoyance and it does freely seed in the garden but the volunteers are easily removed and planted or a nice giveaway. Who wouldn’t love this beautiful blue flower which performs well all summer and looks great in a flower arrangement?
3. Threadleaf — Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’
Another PPA winner way back in 1992 Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ is a sweet delicate plant that never fails. It has a nice airy feels perfect for a border or for those who enjoy the cottage look. Today you can find many hybrids of this perennial in a nice range of pink to gold and combinations therein.
4. Rose Campion — Lychnis coronaria
This interesting perennial was already growing in my garden when we bought the property. Though it is classified as a perennial it behaves more like a biennial or annual for me. However, it is another self-seeder so it shows up in many places every year. Like the bachelor’s button, Rose Campion is easily removed or moved to another part of the garden so I don’t mind its self-seeding nature. Rose Campion has a beautiful deep magenta flower on the most interesting fuzzy grey leaves which remind me of lambs ears or Stachys byzantina.
5. Clustered Bellflower — Campanula glomerata
If you like sun-loving perennials you will have already heard of bellflowers. There are so many different plants to choose in the group. My favorite one is glomerata. Some say it can be invasive but I have not found this to be true for me. This one can also take some shade.
6. Betony – Stachys officinalis ‘Rosea’
If you like a tidy looking plant you will love Betony. This one is the pink version, the more common being white, grows in a nice contained mound of crinkly leaves great for the edge of a border. It is also said to reseed but I have not found this to be the case in my garden.
7. Beebalm – Monarda didyma ‘Blue Stocking’
Last but not least is Beebalm. I have loved this perennial for about as long as I have had my own home to grow it in. This one comes in many shades from dark purple to bright red, pink and white. The leaves and flowers have a wonderful citrus fragrance making it a nice addition to a flower arrangement. Some beebalm is said to have a mildew problem but many of the newer varieties have been bred to resist this issue. Of course, the bees love it, thus the common name Beebalm. Fun fact: After the Boston Tea Party, the colonists learned, from the Indians, how to brew tea made from the leaves of the beebalm plant. Funny that their fragrance smells like the bergamot orange used to flavor Earl Grey tea.
Did you find some new favorites to add you your shopping list? Do you have other great sun-loving perennials to add to the list? I hope you are all enjoying the season and have a fruitful and prosperous summer.