Sunny Landscape Ideas
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.
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.
A lovely collection of plants adds beauty to a yard.
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.
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.
Geometry supplies beauty in this stately garden.
A series of squares and rectangles lends calming visual interest.
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.
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.
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.