Perennial Plants for Full Sun
There are a lot of terms thrown around in gardening circles. Terms like annuals, biennials, rootstock and perennials to name a few.
It can become confusing because some terms are misused or more likely are used on a technicality.
For instance a tomato vine in its native tropical climate are perennial plants for full sun but to most folks in North America and Canada we know it as an annual, though technically a perennial, because our winters are too harsh to survive until the following spring.
Favorite Incessant Plants
So what exactly are perennial plants for full sun? They are plants that grow in full sun live primarily in the sun for more than two years through all four seasons, though it doesn’t necessarily grow for all four seasons. The term separates some plants from other shorter lived annuals and biennials.
Here is list of some of our favorite perennial plants for full sun:
‘Purrsian Blue’ Catmint
‘Leapfrog’ Foamy Bells
Red Hot Poker
Dwarf Fountain Grass
Perdurable growth in general are particularly small flowering plants which grow and bloom during the spring and summer then die every autumn and winter, then return the next spring from their rootstock, is known as herbaceous perennials.
Types of Perennials
There is more than one type of perennial, but all continue to return each spring or even continue to grow through the winter depending on the climate and of course the plant.
Evergreen perennials include such plants as the begonia and banana.
Deciduous perennials include common plants like goldenrod and mint.
An example of a monocarpic perennial is the agave.
Woody perennials are trees like the apple, pine, and maple.
Herbaceous perennials commonly used in agriculture are plants like alfalfa and red clover.
I don’t know what your thoughts on perennials are or if you are familiar with the benefits of many of the perennials you could grow, but they really are great to have and can be a reliable supply of food and even natural remedies. Edible perennials are easily preserved, usually by just hanging them to dry and can add a lot of flavor to your food.
Here’s a list of herbs that are perennials:
- Althaea officinalis (marshmallow)
- Basil, many varieties
- Hops – Humulus
- Lemon Balm
- Onions, many varieties
- Piper nigrum
- White Horehound
Like tomato vines, many vegetables can grow as perennials in their natural climates in the tropics. For those of us that live where we have four seasons, these perennials will perish when cold weather has set. Some vegetables are more of a complete perennial, listed below, even in climates that are less temperate and some even have medicinal properties!
- Allium tricoccum
- Broccoli: Nine Star
- Globe artichoke
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- New Zealand Spinach
- Italian Chicory
- Siberian Pea Tree
- Sea Kale
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
- Turnip greens
- Sweet potato
As with any plant you give consideration to, it’s important to know what zone it is hardy to, otherwise it’ll just be an annual. Nothing wrong with that of course, that’s what my tomato pants (and most likely yours) are – perennials that can only be an annual because of the hardiness zone where I live.
Part of the beauty of a perennial though is that it comes back year after year, it only makes sense to maximize the perennial plants you like and can cultivate in your growing zone.
What perennials are your favorite?
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