Here Comes the Sun
In one dramatic moment, a Lake Harriet garden transitioned from shady to sun-drenched
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Sun vs. Shade:
What to Plant
Nothing lasts forever. Your neighbor’s new shed suddenly throws shade on the sunny corner of your yard. A windstorm takes down a tree branch, letting in full sun. A change in light level creates an opportunity for discovering new plants. Alyson Landmark offers a few of her favorites best suited for full sun and heavy shade.
Perennials for Full Sun
Plants receive close to 6 hours of afternoon sun with south or west exposures.
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Clusters of tiny orange flowers
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Sante’)
Pompon-like double shaggy white petals
Little Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)
Large copper flowers over thin, zebra-striped leaves
Little Sundial Tickseed (Dwarf Coreopsis)
Golden yellow daisies with maroon center
Dwarf Asiatic Lily (Lilium ‘Tiny Hope’)
Upward-facing scarlet flowers
Floristan Violet Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Upright purple spikes and grass-like foliage
Scarlet O’Hara Dwarf Poppy (Papaver orientale)
Satiny scarlet blooms in early summer
Nippon Beauty Peony (Paeonia ‘Nippon Beauty’)
Prolific double scarlet blooms with yellow centers
Tenor Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Fragrant magenta flowers
Xenox Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Xenox’)
Hue-changing: blue to purple to pink
Perennials for Heavy Shade
Plants receive little or no sun.
Guacamole Hosta (Hosta ‘Guacamole’)
Chartreuse leaves edged in bright green with lily-like blooms
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Clusters of dangling bright-red, heart-shaped flowers
Raspberry Splash Lungwort (Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’)
Blooms both bright pink and purple over silver-spotted leaves
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Dense mat of green leaves with bright blue flowers
Upright clumps with arching fronds
Diane Cormany is a Robbinsdale writer.
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