Consider sunlight, moisture, bloom color and height when choosing flowers for your garden.
•Full Sun 6 hours or more of direct sunlight (in summer)
•Part-sun 2 to 6 hours of direct sunlight
•Part-shade 1-2 hours of direct sunlight
•Light shade Dappled sunlight, or shade below open sky
For Full Sun gardens, consider these beauties:
•Black-Eye Susan’s (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’)
•Dwarf New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’)
•Husker Red Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’)
•Daylilies (Hemerocallis cultivars)
•Blue Licorice Giant Hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia ‘Blue Licorice’)
•Blue Ice Amsonia
All of these are medium to tall plants grow well in a perennial boarder or meadow style with ornamental grasses. These provide a season of blooms and foliage interest and hardy in urban garden conditions.
For Medium sun gardens:
•Heavy Metal and Shenandoah Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
•Little Blue Stem (Schizachryium scoparium ‘The Blues’) – two great grasses that are durable and have nice solid color.
•Snow Flurry (Symphyotrichum ericoides) is a low, groundcover aster
•Sheffield Pink Florist Daisy (Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Sheffield Pink’) is a hardy blooming chrysanthemum
•A favorite shrub is Dwarf Witch-alder (Fothergilla gardenia), an early spring flowers with vibrant autumn foliage.
Part Shade to Shade gardens:
•Pachysandra is a dependable groundcover
•Liriope spicata is a grass-like blooming plant.
•Hydrangeas that provide good summer color and mounding shrubs. Popular cultivars are mop head types like ‘Blushing Bride’ and ‘Endless Summer’ or a lacecap variety like ‘Blue Billow’.
•Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) has unique flowers and leaves.
•Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides) is a groundcover that does well in shady conditions.
Plants for shade sites can be tough as little or no light reaches the ground. Try some of the groundcovers in Part Shade.
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