Easy-Care Perennials Shine in This Sun-Loving Garden Plan

Enjoy months of bold color from the blooms of purple coneflower, yarrow, and more.

A beautiful garden that doesn't require significant upkeep is possible. The key is to select reliable plants that will thrive without much intervention, other than a little water in dry weather and occasional weeding. This extra-easy sun-loving garden design features several bold and bright flowering perennials like daylily, catmint, and coneflower, which are about as low-maintenance as you can get.

This plan will yield a garden that's both beautiful and easy to care for. We call that a win-win. Make sure to plant this arrangement in a full-sun spot, and you'll soon be enjoying a colorful landscape without having to fuss over every flower.

Extra-Easy Sun-Loving Garden Plan illustration
Illustration by Gary Palmer

Plants for Creating the Extra-Easy Sun-Loving Garden Plan

  • 3 Blazing star (Liatris 'Kobold'): Zones 4-9
  • 3 Purple coneflower (Echinacea 'Magnus'): Zones 3-9
  • 3 Yarrow (Achillea 'Cerise Queen'): Zones 3-9
  • 3 Catmint (Nepeta 'Walker's Low'): Zones 4-8
  • 3 Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'): Zones 3-8
  • 3 Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro'): Zones 3-10
  • 3 Stonecrop (Sedum 'Autumn Fire'): Zones 4-9
  • 3 Bellflower (Campanula 'Pearl Deep Blue'): Zones 4-7

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. Since some plants can become overly aggressive and spread uncontrolled in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

Download the Free Extra-Easy Sun-Loving Garden Plan

The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated version of the planted garden, a detailed diagram of the layout, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all garden plans, available as printable PDFs.

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Tips for Planting Your New Garden

Preparation is the key to creating a garden that will offer a lifetime of pleasure. Before you start plant shopping, review all garden plan materials. Then, ask yourself the following questions:

Do I have a suitable spot for this plan?

The layout diagram shows the rough dimensions for the plan. In general, you can enlarge or reduce the size of the garden by adding or eliminating plants, although the character of the garden may change if you alter the size dramatically.

Do I have the right growing conditions?

Check the plant list to see if the plan will do best in sun, part shade, or full shade. Be sure that the plants are suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone.

Do I need to amend my soil?

Most plants thrive in moist, but well-drained soil. If you have soil with lots of sand or clay, amend it liberally with lots of organic matter, such as compost. You may also want to do a soil test to see if you need to adjust the soil pH or add fertilizer before planting.

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