Most sun-loving flowers are popular for their ability to withstand heat and direct sunlight. There are many annual and perennial flowers that love the sun. Plant them in flower gardens, containers, hanging baskets and almost any sunny spot.
Daylilies are robust, adaptable flowers that love the sun and will grow beautifully with little effort on the part of the gardener. They grow to be anywhere from 1 to 4 feet tall and produce colorful, long-lasting flowers. The blooms range in color and include shades of orange, pink, red and yellow. Daylilies are flexible in their soil preferences and will grow well in various soil types. They are also light adaptable and will grow well under a variety of light conditions, although they prefer full sun. According to the University of Minnesota, you should plant daylilies in a sunny spot and water them thoroughly. Mulch around the plant and fertilize according to label directions. Daylilies are vigorous growers, abundant bloomers and are exceptionally winter hardy.
Russian sage is a hardy plant that is perfect for hot, dry areas of a landscape. Some varieties of Russian sage are compact, while others can grow to be 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Amidst this plant’s green, delicate foliage are spikes of colorful, lavender-blue blooms. Russian sage is not picky when it comes to soil types, as long as the soil is well drained. It will establish and grow successfully when planted at any point during the growing season. This plant is incredibly low maintenance and does not need to be fertilized. Russian sage needs only to receive consistent moisture and to be cut back in the early spring to about 6 to 8 inches. Pruning this plant encourages bushy growth. Russian sage is a great companion flower.
Catmint is a popular flowering herb with many varieties including Persian ground ivy and the ever-popular catnip. Most varieties of catmint are used as ornamental yard plants, and some varieties are deer resistant. No matter which cultivar you choose, all varieties of catmint bloom and have scented foliage. Hybrid catmint, in particular, can grow to be 2 feet tall and 1 ½ feet wide. The grayish-green foliage is composed of wedge-shaped leaves with jagged edges. Catmint flowers bloom during the summer, usually from June to August. The flowers emerge in spikes of lavender-blue color. A second helping of flowers will sometimes emerge after the first round has died and been cut back. The fragrance of this plant can be smelled when the leaves are crushed.
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