Design: Sunny Backyard

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Revamp your sunny backyard space into a stunning retreat. Plant a diverse mix of perennials in varying heights and bloom times. Start with low-maintenance ground cover, leading into shorter, then medium-height upright perennials and finishing with tall varieties and ornamental grasses. Introduce texture with small or compact shrubs. Create focal points by planting a large flowering shrub and/or a small ornamental tree for added dimension and shade.

Ensure successful growth with Earl May Plant Start, fortified soil using Structure Soil Conditioner, and enriched planting conditions with Organic Planting Mix.

Short Perennials

  • Dwarf Catmint
  • Compact Salvia
  • Small Veronica

Medium Perennials

  • Catmint
  • Salvia
  • Daylily
  • Coreopsis

Tall Perennials

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Coneflower
  • Garden Phlox


  • Creeping Sedum
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Lamium


  • Karl Foerster
  • Switchgrass
  • Miscanthus

Small Shrub

  • Compact Paniculata Hydrangea
  • Dwarf Weigela
  • Compact Spirea

Large Flowering Shrub

  • Ninebark
  • Lilac
  • Burning Bush
  • Weigela
  • Viburnum

Small / Ornamental Tree

  • Hydrangea
  • Lilac
  • Serviceberry
  • Northwind Maple
  • Small Flowering Crabapple

Shade Tree

  • Maple
  • Honey Locust
  • Birch
  • Linden

Did you know? Earl May has landscape and planting services available. If you are planning on planting, see more information about how to plant trees, shrubs, perennials and more.