Best Flowers for Sunny Spots

Darin Engh, from Engh Gardens, is unveiling his Top 20 plants and flowers this summer. This group of five is prime for your sunny spots.

Determine an area of your garden that is backlit by the fiery light of the setting sun and plant accordingly. Make sure to plan your sunset border so that you can fully appreciate it. Set two chairs or a bench so that they face both the planting and the setting sun, and start a tradition of evening drinks after dinner. Perhaps you’ll want to create an outdoor dining area where the family can enjoy evening meals bathed in the warm light of the sinking sun. Any of your favorite flowers in shades of red, bright yellow, and orange will serve admirably in hot color roles. The warm colors appear even more intense when they are suffused with red light of the setting sun. Flowers in hot colors are absolutely brilliant in sunny spots.

Darin’s 5 Must-haves of his Top 20 for Sunny Spots

Surfinia ‘Baby Red’

Heat tolerant; deer resistant; NO deadheading necessary. These cascading petunias are strong growers and bountiful. They thrive in hot, humid conditions. Spectatcular in hanging baskets and window boxes.

Million Bells ‘Terra Cotta’

An incredible mix of red, orange and yellow hues. Incredibly easy to grow. Profuse, self-cleaning flowers from early spring into fall. More upright, cascading habit than other million bells. Among the most hummingbird-friendly plants on the market.

Heuchera ‘Dolce Peach Melba’

Vigorous and cold-hardy, their unique colors deepen and intensify with temperature changes. The foliage is peachy apricot on top, deep, dusty pink on the reverse.

Chrysocephalum ‘Flambe Yellow’

An exceptional adaptable plant, this sun-loving, drought-tolerant plant has a spreading habit and is easy to grow. The unique blooms of this plant are truly enchanting with small sprays of tiny spherical flower heads that appear in clusters.

Gaillardia ‘Fanfare’

NEW! Unique scarlet-colored, trumpet shaped ray flowers fade to golden yellow at the tips.

For more information, you can contact Darin at Engh Gardens. They are located in Sandy and contact information is available on their website,

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