Q: I have a 20’ by 3’ bed that gets hot afternoon sun. Can you recommend
perennials for that kind of area?
A: Remember that most perennials bloom for only a few weeks each, so you
need to put in plants that overlap in their bloom time. I’ll task you with doing
that research. In my sunniest beds, I have had success with daylily, coreopsis,
Shasta daisy, coneflower, salvia, yucca, dusty miller, creeping Jenny, maiden
grass, baptisia, amsonia and sedum. Oriental lily bulbs produce short-lived
blooms but they give a lot of bang for your garden buck. All of these plants
tolerate lots of sun but appreciate watering when it’s really dry.