Rick’s Pick’s for Sun

Ricks Picks for Sun

Rick’s Picks for Sun are dependable, winter hardy, 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, if trimmed back or dead-headed occasionally.

Achillea or Yarrow Saucy Seduction Achillea or Yarrow ‘Saucy Seduction’
Compact, sturdy, robust habit. Flowers open an fuschia pink and soften to medium pink.New flowers are produced all summer.  Deer resistant.
 Dianthus Frosty Fire  Dianthus ‘Frosty Fire’
One of the longest blooming perennials. Bright red double blossoms. Frosty blue-green foliage is attractive all season.  6 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. Deer resistant.
 Russian Sage Peek-A-Blue Perovskia or Russian Sage ‘Denim & Lace’
Stays compact with strong upright stems. Lacy-like bright sky blue flowers. Easy to grow, haet and drought tolerant and long blooming from mid summer to early fall. 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.
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 Hocus Pocus Veronica ‘Hocus Pocus’
Incredible showy flowers, uniform habit, clean foliage and well branched flowers. Very long, vivid purple flower wands atop wide spreading foliage. 16-20 inches.

 

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