Plants That Love Sunlight Almost As Much As You Do

The sunlight is finally making a lasting appearance in Northern Kentucky! It brings me so much joy to write the above sentence as warmer temperatures sweep across the Ohio River Valley.

As the warm sunlight makes its triumphant return an important issue comes to light (no pun intended).

Obviously, certain plants thrive in the sunlight. Their very existence depends on the amount of sun they get throughout the day.

After a site analysis it is important to consider the amount of sunlight your property gets and what plants will be successful in the given situation. Once those factors are determined a design can be completed and you’re one step closer to having the landscaping of your dreams.

With that being said, we wanted to touch on a couple of plants that are very successful in the sun that you could consider incorporating into your landscaping project.

The Barberry ‘Crimson Pygmy’ is always successful in the sun.

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It is a low lying plant that usually has a beautiful auburn color. Barberry is a versatile plant as it looks great standing alone in landscaping or grouped together to form a hedge.

The next plant that does well in the sun is the Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ and ‘Vanilla strawberry.’

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Hydrangea plants are wildly popular in the region because of their obvious beauty but also because of their success rate. They come in vibrant colors, they add texture and size to any landscaping and they love the sunlight.

Anything in the pine or spruce family, such as Pine ‘thunderhead’ and Blue spruce ‘fat Albert’ will do  very well in the sun. These are more trees than plants, but they add much needed height to landscaping as well as privacy. Pines and Spruces are, again, very popular in the region and have proven to do very well in many landscaping projects.

Certain Perennials thrive in sunlight as well. A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. These plants are long lasting and are clearly a better investment than plants that have shorter life spans.

In the perennial family, ‘Autumn Fire’ is a plant that feels right at home in the sun.

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Autumn Fire is a midlevel plant, in terms of height, and it can be found in a wide array of colors.

If you’re interested in adding some unique color to your landscaping but not interested in planting in the shade, catmint is a popular choice.


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Catmint has a great purplish bloom on its vertical stem. It is a lower / midlevel plant that can be seen in landscaping all across Northern Kentucky.

Other plants that could be planted in a predominately sunny spot are Yarrow and Calamint. They are very successful in the climate and brings so much to any design.

It is important to consider the layout of your property and subsequently the sunlight distribution so that the right plants are put in correct locations. This not only ensures that you get the most out of your landscaping design, but also that the plants that you choose to incorporate thrive and live as long as possible.

Call Brentwood Landscape & Design today, and let’s start a site analysis so that we can determine what plants will make your landscaping amazing!