Plants in garden to grow in full sun

May has arrived, the sun is shining (mostly) and the garden beetle has bitten us all. It’s time to transplant and divide your perennials. This can often leave new gaps or holes in your gardens that you want to fill with new beautiful plants.

Going to the garden centre without a List or a Plan can be overwhelming. It may be useful to have notes on what you are looking for and what the conditions are in your garden. Most garden centres have extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff who can help you choose the perfect plant.

Here is a List of 17 plants for your sunny gardens that will bloom in May and during the summer season.

Clumps of sugar

Botanical name: Iberic sempervirens

Type Of Plant: Perennial
Plant Size: 6 inches to 1 foot tall, 1-2 feet wide
Climatic zones: 3-9
Candytuft is a creeping woody perennial that is a nice addition to the front of any border. This plant produces a ton of pretty flower clusters. Candytuft is best known for its white flowers, but there are also purple and pink varieties on the market.

Tolerant of rocky soils, this perennial plant would look very nice both in a rock garden and in a sunny border. When the flowers are done, give your sugar tuft a haircut to prevent the stems from becoming too woody.

Sun hat

Botanical Name: Echinacea spp.

Type Of Plant: Perennial
Plant Size: 2-4 feet high, 1-3 feet wide
Climatic zones: 3-9
If you are looking for a robust and beautiful plant, Echinacea could be what you have been looking for. This proven perennial plant is available in a variety of colorful flowers. The flowers look like daisies and have a deeply colored central cone.

Echinacea grows in an attractive tuft of lance-shaped leaves with tall flower stalks that can grow up to 4 feet tall, depending on the variety chosen.

Echinacea self-seed quite productively, so make sure that they are dead once their flowers begin to fade. Deadheading will also encourage more flowers the rest of the season. Once established in your garden, this perennial plant is drought and heat tolerant.

Creeping Phlox

Botanical name: Phlox stolonifera

Type Of Plant: Perennials
Plant Size: 3-8 inches tall, 1-2 feet wide
Hardiness zones: 5-9
Creeping Phlox is the perfect spring flowering ground cover. The moss-like foliage is semi-evergreen and keeps the plant attractive even when it is not blooming. The flowers arrive from early to mid-spring and can be pink, purple or white.

Once your Phlox has stopped blooming, mow the wilted flowers if you want to encourage a second flowering. Plant creeping Phlox in your rockeries or in your flower beds as a ground cover.

Hardy Geranium

Botanical name: Geranium spp.

Type Of Plant: Perennial
Plant Size: 1-2 feet high, 2-3 feet wide
Hardiness zones: 5-10
The hardy geranium is a magnificent perennial plant that is easy to grow. The leaves are light green and deeply cut, similar to the zonal leaves of geranium, but smaller. The flowers are usually purple, but can also be found in pink. Grow hardy geraniums in your perennial beds, as a border plant or even in containers and hanging baskets.

This perennial plant grows best in full sun, but requires moist, well-drained soil. Give your geranium a haircut after flowering to promote a second flowering.

Chickens and chicks

Botanical Name: Sempervivum spp.

Type Of Plant: Succulent
Plant Size: 4-6 inches tall, 6 inches to 2 feet wide
Hardiness zones: 3-11
This succulent name is perfect. Sempervivum grows from the main rosette or hen, forming a carpet of lags of chicks. Many varieties of chickens and chicks are available in a range of colors. If you have a warm and dry place in your garden, this is the perfect plant for you.

In terms of care, chickens and chicks could not be easier to care for. You should have great success if it has a sandy and dry soil. This succulent will produce flowers in the summer and you may notice that the rosettes die after flowering. Don’t worry! Chicks need to fill in the gaps.


Botanical name: Iris spp.

Type Of Plant: Perennial, Bulb
Plant size: 1-8 feet tall, 1-2 feet tall. The size varies considerably from one species to another
Hardiness zones: 3-10
The genus Iris is large and many species are available to amateur gardeners. Whichever species suits you, you will be rewarded with beautiful, low-maintenance plants. The foliage of the Iris is long and resembles leathery blades of grass. The flowers are variegated and large, with about six large petals.

The Iris is easy to care for and likes well-drained soils that can be kept moist. Plant Irises in border gardens, mixed perennial gardens and even in containers.

Little Periwinkle

Botanical name: Vince minor

Type Of Plant: Perennial, Vine
Plant Size: 4-6 inches tall, 1-2 feet wide
Climatic zones: 4-9
This evergreen ground cover vine will be covered with purple or white flowers in May. This perennial plant will crawl slowly and fill any area you want to cover and will be in full sun. The leaves are small and remain bright green all year round.

Periwinkle is a plant it and forget it type of plant. Once these plants are established in your garden, you will no longer need them. They are heat and drought tolerant and do not require dead cutting or trimming. Plant fewer conifers on a slope, in a rockery or wherever you need ground cover.


Botanical name: Targets spp.

Type Of Plant: Annual

Plant Size: 1-4 feet tall, 1 foot wide.

Hardiness zones: 2-11 as annual

Marigolds are popular annual plants that come in the colors yellow, Orange, red and white. There are a few different varieties. The size of the plant, as well as the size and type of flowering vary from one variety to another.

African, French and Mexican marigolds are the most popular species. All marigolds have the same aroma. Some people like it, others don’t. These annuals love full sun and are drought tolerant once established in your garden.

Plant marigolds in your flower beds or in containers. I love planting marigolds in my vegetable and herb gardens to keep the critters away. Deadhead has passed flowers to prevent these plants from sowing and encourage more flowers.

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