Simple Tips for Planning a Full-sun Flowerbed

As the days get longer and hotter, you have to consider the sun that your plants need to thrive this summer.  If you have a flowerbed that is in full sun, there are certain plants that will do better than others.  Here we will talk about planting and keeping a garden in full sunlight, different types of plants that prosper in the heat, and the best examples.

A full sunlight garden is one that gets direct sunlight all day, or at least 6-8 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight every day.  When planning for a full sun flowerbed, be sure to consider what kind of sun intensity your plants will be getting in that placement because a plant that gets full sunlight in the morning but is in the shade all afternoon will grow differently than if it received full sunlight all afternoon.  However, with the right planning a full sunlight garden can provide easy care and color for many years!

For instance, perennials will bloom once a season, but will come back year-after-year.  These are very cost-effective and certain perennials will flourish in the hot, dry environments of full sun gardens.  Some examples are coreopsis, Black Eyed Susans, coneflowers, and chrysanthemums.

Annuals bloom non-stop for one season out of the year, but you have to replant them every year.  These are great for window boxes, borders, containers, and beds.  Full sun annuals will especially thrive when planted in sphagnum peat moss because it traps moisture in the soil and holds it longer, providing the roots with moisture for longer periods of time.  There are many annuals to choose, some examples are petunias, geraniums, marigolds, and dahlias.

Another type of plant that will survive in long hours of hot sunlight is a vine plant.  Vines climb, so they are perfect for covering a trellis, concealing a retention wall, or providing shade.  They are fast climbing and fast spreading, so they do require care so they do not dominate a garden, but they add height and variety to a garden.  Some examples include clematis and morning glories.

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