Top Ten Sun Perennials

Bee Balm

Bee Balm has spikey, tubular flowers that spike out of the cone-like center. They usually come in brilliant red but also come in blue, pink, white, purple and blue. Bee Balm attracts bees, and butterflies!

Black-Eyed Susan / Rudbeckia

Enjoy the delightful daisy like blooms that almost look like mini sunflowers that bloom early summer to fall. These beauties can take the heat and drought of summer. Great for cut flowers!

Coneflower / Echinacea

These daisy-like flowers come in an array of colors like deep red, brilliant pink, bright orange and a delicate white. These heat and drought-resistant perennials are easy to grow.

Creeping Phlox

There’s nothing like the rich fragrance in spring from the delicate flowers Creeping Phlox produce. As the name implies they are a creeping plant which is perfect for rock gardens, between the crevices in stone walls, or planted as a ground cover.

Daylily / Hemerocallis

Daylily are the choice if you want a flower you plant and forget about it. Most blooms last one day – thus his name but have no fear they keep blooming from early to midsummer.


Dianthus remind me of tiny carnations because of their fringed edges and are often called “pinks” reminding people of pinking shears. The foliage is narrow almost like grass and is evergreen-like and is lovely against the snow. Blooms in late spring and again in the fall.


Peonies bloom in late spring with exquisite large blooms and have a luscious fragrance. Their bushy plants have glossy dark foliage that is beautiful all season long.


The number one favorite perennial for sun is Salvia with it’s spectacular blue-violet blooms and can also be found in pink and are stunning against their mounded foliage. Be sure to cut the spent blooms back to encourage blooming throughout the season.


Sedum are an excellent selection for dry, sandy soils. They come in all sorts of colors, shapes, textures and sizes. If you’ve seen roofs full of plants they were most likely sedum and are also perfect for rock gardens, raised beds, hillsides, and containers.

Shasta Daisy

The Shasta Daisy brings the sunshine to any garden with its white pedals and bright yellow center. They are basically fool-proof and thrive in sunny, dry areas and can even handle a cold snap.