April 18 2012
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Fun with Full Sun! Summer Landscaping

With spring upon us, the sun is out, and the flowers are growing. Wondering what to grow in your garden? For summer, you may want to pick plants that can withstand the harsh rays and limited water.

For the average human, four to six hours of pure sunlight each day may translate to one heck of sunburn. However, for some plants it can mean the difference between thriving and wilting or even shriveling up and dying.

Picking the Right Plant

Finding and tending to full-sun plants is an interesting challenge.  Just remember to choose a plant that is native to your region and tolerant to drought. These plants tend to be low maintenance in general.

Those plants you’ll find among the sun-loving crowd include:

  • Fennel
  • Artichokes
  • Marjoram
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Bush Beans
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Tarragon
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Eggplant
  • Cactuses

Where to Plant

Full-sun plants require an arid, dry soil. They’ll do just fine in their own potted containers, but make sure to keep them away from areas where water tends to collect.

Beware the shadow. Don’t plant underneath flourishing trees with outward branches, underneath other full-sun plants (like sunflowers) or in an area where shade will block the sun for an extended period of time. If these plants are going to be kept indoors, make sure they’re in an area where the sunlight can hit them directly for at least 4 to 6 hours per day.

When to Water

Most full-sun plants need only be watered once every few weeks. Be careful not to overwater them as they will not be able to absorb the moisture. Using a dryer soil will help to ensure an adequate amount of hydration over time. Slow release water globes might work nicely.

Soil and Fertilizer

While over-hydration may be an issue, there are further factors to consider when choosing the right soil. Look for high-phosphorus fertilizer with micronutrients. Any slow or “time released” fertilizers will also aid full-sun plants. Remember that your soil should be sandy and gritty. Ask your landscaping professional about soils to use for specific plants you are using.

Whether they’re planted in a pot or out in the dirt, remember to feed these sun worshippers their daylight amount of sunlight and water, and you’ll have the healthiest, brightest lawn and garden on the block!