Planting in a full sun location can be tough, especially with the hot summers that we typically experience. Planting a full sun perennial garden doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips to create a flower garden that will combat the hot summer sun!

Embrace the Sun

As mentioned previously, summers in Fayetteville, NC can be brutal. But your flower garden doesn’t have to suffer! It is essential to know how much sun your garden bed is receiving. Before selecting your plants, take note the amount of sunlight the area gets and most importantly, take note whether it is morning sun or afternoon sun. The morning sun is not as intense as the afternoon sun.

Mix Perennials, Annuals, and Herbs

You have figured out the amount of sun that your garden bed receives. Now it is time to select your plants! We recommend building a garden with a mix of perennials, annuals, and herbs. The perennials will give you your base for the garden. These are the flowers that will come back year after year. Next, you can select your annuals. The annuals generally give a garden a solid pop of color! But remember, annuals will die after the first hard freeze and will need to be replaced every spring. Lastly, select herbs to give your garden a sweet fragrance as you pass by.

Mix Varying Heights

Once you have selected your perennials, annuals, and herbs, it is wise to create the design and do a dress rehearsal when planting your full sun perennial garden. In other words, lay out the plants before you dig to make sure they flow! You will want to place taller perennials in the back and the shorter annuals and herbs in the front! The varying heights will add depth to your garden.

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