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, or 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 Firewitch

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.

 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.

 Bee Balm Cherry Pops

Monarda or Bee Balm Cherry Pops

Bee balm is a staple of the sunny perennial garden.Cherry red flowers atop a bushy compact clump of glossy clean foliage. Blooms June through August. Prefers moist soil. 18-22 inches. A real hummingbird magnet!

Nepeta Kitten Around

Nepeta or Catmint Kitten Around

This catmint forms  a tight round mound of aromatic foliage with periwinkle blue flowers. The shortest of all catmints, just 12-14 inches. Blooms almost all summer. Tough and drought tolerant.

 Russian Sage Blue Jean Baby

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.

Phlox Glamour Girl

Phlox  Garden Girls Glamour Girl

Tall Garden Phlox.large panicles of hot coral-oink flowers on dark stems. Blooms mid through late summer. Great late season color. 32 inches.

 Indian Summer Rudbekia

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 – Perennial of the Year 2019!  


Staff Favorite

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.


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