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Sunny Landscape Ideas

Plants with showy blooms and pretty foliage are welcome additions to sunny garden spots.


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    • Soft Shades

      Hard- and softscape elements complement each other in this sunny bed.

      • Stone columns define the edges of a slim garden bed.
      • A wood fence provides the flowerbed with a bright backdrop.
      • Planted at regular intervals, ravennagrass offers wispy foliage.
      • Large patches of Shasta daisy accent the color of hardscape elements (such as the fence).
      • Purple asters lend pops of color to the space.
    • Gorgeous Garden Bed

      Foliage and trees fill a gently sloped site.

      • Many trees do best under the warmth of full sun.
      • Curves in this sunny garden bed soften the squares and angles of the house behind it.
      • Sun-loving beds aren't just for flowers; consider ornamental grasses, which often demand full-time rays to reach their full height.
      • Lavender and black-eyed Susans provide pops of color in the garden bed.
      • Plants conquer the gentle slope of this site, filling what would otherwise be a boring garden vista with graceful foliage and blooms.
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    • A Tower of Plants

      Tall flowers play up color and foliage.

      • An open spot in a lawn provides a good spot for tall, sun-loving flowers.
      • Most ornamental grasses love full sun. A bonus: They offer good structure during winter months.
      • If plants need more day-to-day maintenance, such as daylilies that require deadheading, put them in front to enable easier access.
      • Many flowerbeds include plants that gradually transition from short to tall, but this flowerbed offers dramatic height all the way throughout.
      • Dahlias and lilies supply bright pops of hot color.
    • Sun Lovers

      A lovely collection of plants adds beauty to a yard.

      • Place plants with contrasting colors -- hot purples and pinks versus pastel oranges -- in separate areas of a garden.
      • Edging can be formal or informal; the former, shown in this sunny bed, provide a neater border for a garden.
      • To draw winged visitors, offer a moving source of water, such as this pretty birdbath.
      • Patches of annuals, such as petunias, fill in empty spots in a mostly perennial bed.
      • Strategically placed stretches of boxwood break up large expanses of flowers.
    • Bend in the Bed

      A rippling flowerbed dresses up a garden.

      • Undulating curves create a gentle edge to both the border and the beds in this garden.
      • In place of a hardscape material, a stretch of lawn serves as walkway.
      • A castor bean adds vertical height to the flowerbed.
      • Repeating plants, including delphinium and phlox, supply visual consistency.
      • Annuals such as snapdragons add welcome bursts of bright color.
    • Pretty in Pastel

      A casual cottage garden distinguishes itself with a loose collection of plants.

      • Places to sit or display are often separated or surrounded by flowers; here, a table nestles naturally within a bevy of plants.
      • Glass cloches are used to shield plants from cool, early-season temperatures, but later in the year, they provide an interesting hardscape element for a garden.
      • Tall flowering shrubs, such as butterfly bush, supply vertical interest and draw wildlife, too.
      • Another good addition to sunny gardens: herbs, which work well either planted in-ground or in containers.
      • Clusters of pastel plants, including zinnias, coneflower, and cosmos, provide color without being too overwhelming.
    • Spectacular Blossoms

      Purples and yellows supply a flowerbed with subdued color.

      • Narrower beds are easier to access from both sides, making them easier to maintain.
      • Repeating plants and colors, shown here in a planting of cranesbill and coralbells, fills a pretty flower border.
      • Mounding plants maintain a view of the rest of the garden.
      • To create a more casual appeal to the garden, flowers and shrubs are left to grow in a natural pattern.
      • The foliage of bearded iris offers vertical visual interest to the garden.
    • Right Angles

      Geometry supplies beauty in this stately garden.

      • A series of squares and rectangles lends calming visual interest.
      • Use sculptures and stately containers, such as the patterned pieces in this space, to reinforce your garden's design.
      • A long metal bench provides a spot to enjoy shrubs and trees.
      • Site tall trees and shrubs to shield house facades from view.
      • Showy flowers dress up most sun-loving gardens; this one relies on elegant compositions of shrubs to define interior spaces.
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      Better Blooms

      A show-stopping collection of sun-loving plants supplies front yard brilliance.

      • A parking strip is the perfect place to include add flowers.
      • Give a garden bed presence with an edging material that provides vertical support.
      • Nearly hidden by showy foliage, lower-height stucco walls offer terraces for plants.
      • Many flowers -- iris, verbena, freesia, daisies -- do double duty: Pretty blooms outside can be cut and brought indoors.
      • Pops of color brighten the ivy-covered front facade of this house.
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      Bountiful Border

      Blooms brighten a slim space between sidewalk and fence.

      • A sunny spot is a good spot for a trellis planted with a climbing rose.
      • Matching containers planted with bright annuals flank a home's walkway.
      • Chosen for their height, flowering plants don't obscure the fence.
      • Grouping flowers in threes is a common planting rule of thumb, but alternating plants, as this border does, also offers a visually appealing design.
      • Lights cling close to the ground, supplying security and highlighting flowers.
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