15 fuss-free garden plans filled with plants that thrive in full sun

15 fuss-free garden plans filled with plants that thrive in full sun

Use one of these free, downloadable garden plans for a beautiful, sunny garden that doesn't require a lot of maintenance. Each is based on easy-care, sun-loving plants that provide color and texture throughout the growing season.

Water wise garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

You don't have to worry about pulling out the hose to water this garden during the summer. It's full of heat- and drought-tolerant plants like sedum, feather reed grass, and euphorbia that can withstand long periods of drought. This layered garden plan works well as a foundation planting or in front of a fence.

A beautiful garden that tolerates the heat

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

This high-impact, low-care garden plan keeps your yard looking great even during heat waves. It includes a variety of favorite plants that bloom in summer, such as sage, iris and zinnia. Fill a corner of your garden with this design for a large display of brightly colored flowers and foliage.

Colorful sidewalk garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Transform the space between your street and sidewalk into an oasis of color with native perennials and ornamental grasses. Plants like purple coneflower, baptismal, goldenrod, and asters will enhance the curb appeal of your garden without any effort on your part.

Garden perennials are tough as nails

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Russian sage, lavender and mint are sure bets for an easy-care garden plan. These hardy plants mix with perennials to produce beautiful bursts of pink, yellow and purple throughout the summer. The variety of heights makes this garden ideal for flower beds against fences.

Heat-loving flower garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Some plants stop working in hot weather. But the varieties in this garden plan continue to shine in the hot sun, so you can enjoy a gorgeous mix of colors no matter the weather. Dahlias and lilies are the backbone of this garden, providing bold blooms – perfect for cutting! -All summer long.

Front yard corner garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Eliminate front yard blues by installing this corner fence garden made up of fast-growing flowers. Filled with sun-loving selections, the design features a mix of colorful annuals interspersed with a few perennials. Delightful black-eyed Susans complement easy-care-for cosmos, penstemons, butterfly bush, and more in this tall, flowering garden plan.

A sunny garden with a small area and easy care

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Enjoy lots of beautiful color all season long with this simple garden plan. It features no-fuss favorites like coreopsis and purple coneflowers. This garden will thrive and thrive even in the warmest summer weather.

A garden annual that never fails

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Annual gardens are a fun way to add brilliant color that lasts from spring to frost. In this design, a blue morning glory on a trellis or similar plant support structure in the center of the bed serves as a focal point. The rich color of its flowers complements and contrasts with the surrounding annual flowers.

Easy-care perennial garden

Illustration by Gary Palmer

Nonstop color is what this garden plan is all about, thanks to drought-tolerant perennials. You'll enjoy the palette of pink, purple, yellow and white flowers from spring to fall, because when one variety finishes blooming, another takes its place.

Clay soil garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Gardening in clay soil can be difficult because this type of soil drains poorly after rain, then dries to a concrete-like surface. But this garden plan for clay soil will enable you to enjoy a colorful and thriving garden at the same time.

A carefree garden in late summer

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Sun-loving, summer-blooming perennials keep their color strong until the end of the growing season in this no-fuss garden plan. Their seed heads also add some winter interest while providing a food source for birds that don't fly far to warmer climates.

Beginners in the perennial garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

This easy garden plan is designed for beginners or gardeners with limited time and features some of the best low-care perennials you can grow. These reliable plants will come back every year and don't need much care other than an occasional dieback.

Low-care fall garden

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

End your growing season with a bang with this simple garden plan. It features colorful mums, asters and other easy-care-for fall favorites that warm up as the weather cools. Besides the beautiful flowers that add color to the landscape, this design relies on foliage such as the silvery gray of lamb's ears and the brilliant colors of blue fescue to brighten up the fall scene.

Easy slope garden plan

Illustration by Mavis Augustin Torque

Solve a hard-to-mow slope with this easy-care garden plan. It combines colorful annuals and perennials in a gorgeous display that blooms from spring to fall.

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