Part Sun Perennials

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Part Sun Perennials

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Short Answer: Part sun perennials are a fantastic choice for garden areas that receive a mix of sun and shade throughout the day, typically around 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. These versatile plants, such as Astilbe, Daylilies, and Coral Bells, offer a wide range of colors, textures, and blooming times, ideal for creating a diverse and layered garden. They thrive in conditions where they’re protected from the intense midday sun, yet still receive enough light to bloom and grow healthily. Planting a variety of part sun perennials can result in a vibrant and dynamic garden that changes and grows beautifully across the seasons, catering to the unique light conditions of your space.


If you’re looking for plants that are easy to care for and produce beautiful flowers, then hardy perennials are a great choice. These plants can withstand tough conditions like drought, poor soil, and cold winters, and they’ll come back year after year with stunning blooms. So if you want reliable and low-maintenance plants for your garden, hardy perennials are definitely worth considering!

Daylily

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are practically indestructible and bloom profusely in almost any sunny spot. They are drought-tolerant and insect-resistant, and come in a variety of colors and bi-colors. You can choose from early, mid, and late-season bloomers to ensure an all-season flower show in your garden. Alternatively, opt for daylily varieties that are repeat bloomers, flowering from spring until fall.

These hardy perennials eventually form large clumps that should be divided every three to four years to keep them blooming their best.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 5 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-10

Barrenwort

One of the best shade perennials, barrenwort (Epimedium spp.) is a natural garden workhorse. This hardy ground cover offers both colorful foliage and flowers. It’s also highly drought-resistant, making it ideal for shady locations with dry soil. The plants may remain evergreen through the winter depending on the variety you grow and your region. Epimedium spreads slowly, gradually carpeting your garden with color.

  • Growing Conditions: Full to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 12 inches tall
  • Zones: 4-8

Tickseed

Hot, dry weather won’t stop tickseed (Coreopsis spp.) from flowering all summer. This American native is one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. The plants produce large quantities of yellow, orange, pink, white, red, or bicolored blooms that dance on wiry stems every time the wind blows. They also have few insect or disease problems. Foliage varies between species and can be either threadlike or broad. To promote even more flowers, remove faded blooms as they appear.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 4 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-8

Russian Sage

If you want to add some vibrant colors to your garden during the late summer and fall seasons, you might want to consider planting Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). This plant is extremely resilient and can thrive in hot and dry weather conditions. The plant’s striking bluish-purple flowers bloom in mid to late summer and maintain their color for weeks. Moreover, the plant’s fragrant and silver foliage adds to its charm. Although Russian sage typically grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet, there are dwarf varieties that grow to only 3 feet.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 5 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-9

Hellebore

Just when you think winter will never end, the spirit-lifting flowers of hellebores burst into bloom. Often called Lenten or Christmas roses because of their early-flowering season, hellebores excel as a perennial flower for shade where their nodding pink, white, rose, green, purple, yellow, spotted, or bicolored blooms bring welcome color to dark corners of the landscape. They also make perfect companions for spring-flowering bulbs such as Narcissus and Squill. Hellebores are also deer and rabbit-resistant.

  • Growing Conditions: Full to part shade and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-9

Sedum

Put sedums on your shopping list if you’re looking for a hardy perennial that requires almost no care. These scrappy plants come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and won’t succumb to heat, drought, winter cold, or insects. One popular variety is called Dragon’s Blood sedum. This fast-growing creeper has pretty red-and-green foliage, making it an excellent ground cover for sloping sites. Sedums prefer sunny locations, but they’re also part-sun perennials.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: 6 to 36 inches tall
  • Zones: 3-10

Baptisia

Once established, Baptisia, also known as false indigo, can live for decades. In fact, in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden, several specimens have bloomed reliably every spring since they were planted in the 1950s. Baptisia is a large, shrub-like perennial that produces graceful stalks of blue, white, purple, or yellow flowers, followed by large seedpods filled with seeds. It has pretty, blue-green, pea-like foliage that looks terrific even when the plants are not blooming.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 4 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-8

Coneflower

Coneflower Perennial Flowers

Native to the American prairie, coneflowers are one of the country’s most widely grown and hybridized perennials. In addition to single-flowering forms, you can grow doubles and even triple-petal-packed varieties (note that petal-heavy flowers aren’t as good for pollinators). Colors vary from the traditional purplish-pink to white, orange, yellow, and red. They bloom from early summer to fall and attract birds and butterflies.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-9

Asiatic Lily

The hardiest of all the lilies, Asiatics are almost foolproof. They proliferate from bulbs planted in the fall or early spring and develop gorgeous, upward-facing flowers in various colors and bi-colors. Bloom time varies by variety, but most put on their biggest flower show in early to midsummer. Asiatic lilies also multiply fast, so you can dig and divide them every few years and spread them to other sunny spots in your garden. Some are also lightly fragrant.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 4 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-10

Hosta

If you like variety, you can’t go wrong with hostas. These shade dwellers are available in hundreds of different shapes, sizes, and colors, including giants that can grow 4 feet tall and dwarves that top out at 4 inches. Prized for their colorful foliage, hostas also produce lovely wands of blue, white, or lavender flowers during the summer (flowering time varies by variety). These hardy perennials are a snap to care for and can be dug and divided to produce more plants whenever needed.

  • Growing Conditions: Part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety
  • Zones: 3-9

Peony

Make a long-term investment in your garden with peonies. These gorgeous sun lovers will bloom reliably for decades, getting bigger and better every year. Peonies are available in various colors and flower forms, including singles, doubles, and semi-doubles. The flowers are also delightfully fragrant, making them an ideal choice for fresh-cut bouquets. Although they vary slightly by variety, most peonies bloom in May and June, but even after they flower, their finely cut foliage provides interest in the flower border.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 7 feet tall, depending on variety
  • Zones: 3-8

Catmint

When in bloom during spring and summer, catmint (Nepeta spp.) becomes the garden star. The whole plant becomes covered with wands of rich blue flowers that stand up to heat and drought. Plus, after they bloom, you can shear the plant back by a third of its height, and it’ll bloom again in the late summer and early fall. Taller varieties that reach 3 feet high make excellent planting partners for roses, peonies, or ornamental grasses. Place shorter catmints that grow 12 inches tall at the edge of your garden beds.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall, depending on variety
  • Zones: 3-9

Cranesbill

Cranesbill, also known as perennial geranium, gets its name from the shape of its seeds. It blooms from late spring until fall, producing flowers in white, pink, blue, or light purple colors on slender, arching stems. Most varieties of cranesbill have mottled or veined leaves that enhance the color show even when the plants are not in bloom. In autumn, the foliage flushes red, adding to the visual appeal. These low-growing plants can spread to blanket an area.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall
  • Zones: 5-9

Blazing Star

Growing wild in the American prairies, blazing star (Liatris spp.) is also a top pick for hot, sunny gardens. The plants don’t mind heat and drought and come in pink, purple, or white flowering varieties. Blazing star forms a clump of narrow leaves topped in mid to late summer by 2-foot-tall spikes of bloom. This striking perennial is also a favorite with butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 5 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-9

Garden Phlox

Every flower bed should include a sizeable amount of garden phlox. These timeless perennials produce large, pleasantly scented flower heads from midsummer to fall. You can choose from varieties with pink, red, purple, white, or bicolor blooms; some even have variegated foliage. In areas with high humidity, it’s best to opt for mildew-resistant types. Garden phlox are great companions for roses, coneflowers, and lilies.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun or part sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 5 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-8

Oriental Lily

Add color and fragrance to your flower borders with Oriental lilies (Lilium spp.). These spectacular plants produce bouquets of richly scented flowers from mid to late summer. Colors include pink, rose, white, pale orange, and cream. Many are also speckled and striped.

Oriental lilies are easy to grow from bulbs planted in the spring or fall. Some taller varieties might require support in windy locations, so set stakes in the ground while the plants are young. The exquisite blooms make excellent cut flowers, but remove the stamens to avoid staining your clothes. Dig and divide the bulbs every few years in the fall to keep the plants vigorous.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 6 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-8

Japanese Anemone

Brighten up your fall garden by adding Japanese anemones (Anemone spp.). These vibrant flowers bloom from mid to late summer and maintain their colorful appearance until early autumn. The single, pure pink flowers grow on thin, 2-foot-tall stems above the plant’s dark green foliage. Although this lovely perennial takes time to establish, it eventually forms dense clumps and can even naturalize an area.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade with rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall
  • Zones: 4-8

Culver’s Root

A native of the American prairie, culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) develops bold candelabras of white, pink, or light purple flowers all summer. The plant also has pretty, finely cut foliage that keeps it looking good even when it’s not blooming. In addition, Culver’s root is attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.

  • Growing Conditions: Full to part sun and moist, well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 7 feet tall
  • Zones: 3-8

Moss Phlox

The jewel-like flowers of moss phlox (Phlox subulata) open early in spring, often appearing alongside daffodils and tulips. This hardy perennial groundcover is an excellent candidate for rock gardens or slopes. Colors include violet, pink, white, blue, and bicolors. The plants are also deer-resistant.

  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: Up to 10 inches tall
  • Zones: 3-9

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in the USA

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
Northeast (e.g., New York, Massachusetts)Rose, Purple Lilac, Mountain LaurelSugar Maple, American Elm, White Pine
Southeast (e.g., Florida, Georgia)Orange Blossom, Cherokee Rose, Southern MagnoliaLive Oak, Spanish Moss, Saw Palmetto
Midwest (e.g., Ohio, Illinois)Carnation, Violet, Purple ConeflowerBur Oak, Prairie Grasses, Wild Bergamot
Southwest (e.g., Texas, Arizona)Bluebonnet, Saguaro Cactus Flower, Indian PaintbrushJoshua Tree, Agave, Mesquite
West (e.g., California, Washington)California Poppy, Coast Rhododendron, BitterrootGiant Sequoia, Redwood, Manzanita
Rocky Mountain (e.g., Colorado, Montana)Rocky Mountain Columbine, Bitterroot, Indian PaintbrushBlue Spruce, Aspen, Sagebrush
Great Plains (e.g., Kansas, Nebraska)Sunflower, Goldenrod, Purple ConeflowerCottonwood, Bluestem Grasses, Buffalo Grass
Pacific Northwest (e.g., Oregon, Alaska)Oregon Grape, Forget-me-not, Pacific RhododendronDouglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Ferns

This table includes the most popular flowers and plants in the USA by region, which considers a range of botanical species, including native and widely cultivated varieties.

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in Australia

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
New South WalesWaratah, Bottlebrush, Flannel FlowerEucalyptus, Acacia, Banksia
VictoriaCommon Heath, Waxflower, Pink HeathMountain Ash, Silver Wattle, Victorian Blue Gum
QueenslandCooktown Orchid, Golden Penda, Umbrella Tree FlowerMoreton Bay Fig, Macadamia Nut, Queensland Bottle Tree
South AustraliaSturt's Desert Pea, Kangaroo Paw, Eucalyptus BlossomAdelaide Blue Gum, South Australian Blue Gum, Saltbush
Western AustraliaRed and Green Kangaroo Paw, Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Swan River DaisyJarrah, Marri, Karri
TasmaniaTasmanian Blue Gum, Leatherwood Flower, Tasmanian WaratahHuon Pine, Tasmanian Oak, Myrtle Beech
Northern TerritorySturt's Desert Rose, Frangipani, Desert RoseBoab, Gidgee, Spinifex
Australian Capital TerritoryRoyal Bluebell, Australian Daisy, CorreaSnow Gum, River Red Gum, Black Mountain

This table offers a basic overview of popular flowers and plants in each Australian region, focusing on a combination of state flowers, native species, and other characteristic plants. It's important to note that specific species' popularity and prevalence can vary. This table is a simplified representation. Consulting local botanical gardens or regional horticultural societies in Australia would be ideal for more detailed and accurate information.

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