Rick’s Pick’s for Sun

Ricks Picks for Sun

Rick’s Picks for Sun are dependable, long blooming favorites. All these selections prefer sunny warm sites with good drainage, especially winter drainage. Most will bloom all summer, at least off and on, especially if trimmed back or dead-headed occasionally.

Coreopsis Moonbeam Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’
Moonbeam has been around for years but it still ‘fills the bill’ when it comes to long season, dependable color. Bright lemon yellow flowers are produced on an airy clump of fine, needle-like foliage. Blooms most of the summer. 18-24 inches. Deer resistant.
 Dianthus 'Shooting Star' Dianthus or Pinks ‘Firewitch’
Fragrant, magenta pink blossoms are produced for several months beginning in early spring. One of the longest blooming perennials. Silvery blue foliage is attractive all season. 7-8 inches tall.
 Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit  Echinacea  or Coneflower ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
The first color-mixed coneflower. Flower colors are orange, magenta, golden-yellow or white. Height varies according to color but all are well-branched bushy plants. 22-30 inches.
 Geranium Rozanne  Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Another long blooming perennial with violet-blue flowers atop sprawling deep green foliage. Trim occasionally to shape. 18-20 inches.
 gaillardia red shades Gaillardia or Blanketflower ‘Arizona Red Shades’
Masses of large crimson red flowers bloom almost all summer, into early fall. Compact and uniform mounding habit. 10-12 inches. Heat and drought tolerant. Deer resistant.
 Monarda Cherry Pops Monarda or Bee Balm ‘Cherry Pops’
Bee balm is a staple of the sunny perennial garden.Cherry red flowers, mid to late summer, on plants that are 18-20 inches tall. A real hummingbird magnet!
 Russian Sage Peek-A-Blue Perovskia or Russian Sage ‘Blue Jean Baby’
Stays compact with strong upright stems. Lavender blue flowers. Easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant and long blooming from mid summer to early fall. deer resistant. 28-32 inches.
 Black Eye Susan 'Indian Summer' Rudbeckia or Black Eye Susan ‘Indian Summer’
A mainstay of late season color. Huge 6-8 inch bright yellow daisy-shaped blooms. with prominent black center cones. The flower seed provides food for birds in winter. 2-3 feet tall.
 Salvia Caradonna Salvia ‘Caradonna’
Another summer staple of color for the perennial garden. An older variety that still ‘earns its keep.’ Flowers almost all summer long. Compact habit. 16-20 inches. Needs good drainage.
Lamb's Ear Hummelo Stachys or Lamb’s Ear ‘Hummelo’
Nothing like the original woolly lamb’s ear. This plant forms large clumps of dark green, highly textured leaves. Spikes of densely packed rose purple flowers shoot up through the foliage on tall study stalks. 18-20 inches.
Veronica Royal Candles Veronica ‘Royal Candles’
Another perennial that’s been around for a while but still works! Royal Candles sports  conical violet-blue flower spikes in June and July. Compact and slow spreading. 15-17 inches.

 

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