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Garden Obstacles: Sunny and Dry Gardens

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Oh, where to begin with this one! Full sun is six or more hours of direct sunlight. Many of our native plants prefer this condition. This is just a small list to get you started. As always, deer and rabbit resistant is not a guarantee that they will not browse it.


Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡


Fragaria virginiana - Wild Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana 'Intensity' - Wild Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana 'Port Huron' - Wild Strawberry

Gaylussacia baccata - Black Huckleberry

Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot ๐ŸฆŒ

Vaccinium angustifolium - Lowbush Blueberry


Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem ๐ŸฆŒ

Andropogon virginicus - Broomsedge ๐ŸฆŒ

Eragrostis spectabilis - Purple Love Grass ๐ŸฆŒ

Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass ๐ŸฆŒ

Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem ๐ŸฆŒ

Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass ๐ŸฆŒ

Sporobolus heterolepsis - Prairie Dropseed ๐ŸฆŒ


Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow ๐ŸฆŒ

Baptisia tinctoria - Wild Indigo ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed ๐ŸฆŒ

Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Aster ericoides - Heath Aster ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry' - Heath Aster Cultivar ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Aster oblongifolius - Aromatic Aster ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' - Aromatic Aster Cultivar๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite' - Aromatic Aster Cultivar ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Callirhoe involucrata - Poppy Mallow

Chrysopsis mariana - Maryland Aster ๐ŸฆŒ

Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower

Eryngium yuccifolium - Rattlesnake Master ๐ŸฆŒ

Geum triflorum - Prairie Smoke ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Liatris scariosa var. novae-angliae - New England Blazing Star ๐ŸฆŒ

Liatris spicata - Blazing Star ๐ŸฆŒ

Monarda bradburiana - Eastern Bee Balm ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Monarda punctata - Spotted Horsemint ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Oligoneuron rigidum var. rigidum - Stiff Goldenrod

Optuntia humifusa - Prickly Pear ๐ŸฆŒ

Penstemon hirsutus - Hairy Beardtongue ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Cushion Blue' - Creeping Phlox ๐ŸฆŒ

Phlox subulata 'Fort Hill' - Creeping Phlox ๐ŸฆŒ

Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' - Creeping Phlox ๐ŸฆŒ

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium - Threadleaf Mountain Mint ๐Ÿ‡

Ratibida pinnata - Gray Coneflower ๐Ÿ‡

Solidago flexicaulis - Zig Zag Goldenrod ๐ŸฆŒ

Solidago speciosa - Showy Goldenrod


Carex appalachica - Appalachian Sedge ๐ŸฆŒ

Carex bicknellii - Bicknell's Sedge ๐ŸฆŒ

Carex texensis - Texas Sedge ๐ŸฆŒ


Amelanchier laevis - Allegheny Serviceberry

Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi - Bearberry

Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' - Bearberry Cultivar

Ceanothus americanus - New Jersey Tea

Comptonia peregrina - Sweet Fern ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ‡

Diervilla lonicera - Bush Honeysuckle

Myrica pensylvanica - Bayberry

Potentilla fruticosa - Cinquefoil Cultivars ๐ŸฆŒ

Prunus maritima - Beach Plum ๐ŸฆŒ

Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' - Fragrant Sumac Cultivar ๐Ÿ‡

Rhus copallinum - Winged Sumac

Rosa carolina - Pasture Rose


Celtis occidentalis - Common Hackberry

Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar ๐ŸฆŒ

Prunus virginiana - Chokecherry


Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper

Top Row: Spotted Horsemint, Zig Zag Goldenrod, Threadleaf Mountain Mint

Second Row: Bush Honeysuckle, Sweet Fern, Nodding Onion

Third Row: Winged Sumac, 'Snow Flurry' Heath Aster, Wild Bergamot

Bottom Row: Rattlesnake Master, 'Raydon's Favorite' Aromatic Aster, Gray Coneflower

photos: KMS Native Plants LLC

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