If you seek flowering plants that flourish in a full-sun location, there are a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that tolerate full noonday sun. However, growing plants in full sun can be a bit of a challenge, especially those planted in pots or containers. Providing adequate water may prove to be difficult, but if you do the research you can select plants native to your area that are drought tolerant.

Sunny borders showcasing a sidewalk or garden pathway are popular locations for sun loving plants. While native plants are acclimated to local growing conditions, any full-sun plant tolerant of heat and drought and rated for your United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zone can be grown in the home garden.

Full Sun Border Plants
Yarrow, Shasta daisy, purple cornflower, lavender, day lilies, and asters are hardy plants that grow well in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 7. Other good candidates include Russian sage, butterfly weed and verbena.

Happy and Hardy Perennials
Several perennials flourish in a fun-sun location. Drought tolerant garden favorites include hen and chicks, miniature roses, hibiscus, all varieties of daisies, coneflowers, buttercups and lamb’s ear. Succulents do especially well in patio pots, hanging baskets and garden containers. Succulents sensitive to freezing may be brought indoors where they make an attractive houseplant during the colder months of winter.

Colorful Full-Sun Annuals
The majority of summer annuals are an excellent choice for a sunny, rather dry location in the garden. Use shorter varieties as a bold and bright flower to edge flowerbeds and garden pathways. Zinnias, marigolds and daisies will self-seed and come back in the spring with vigor.

Along a fence or in the back of the flowerbed, stately hollyhocks, iris, sunflowers, geraniums, and coleus make an attractive backdrop to smaller full-sun garden plantings.

Full-Sun Plants For Hanging Baskets
Moss rose, petunias, salvia, marigolds, baby’s breath and ageratum are attractive when grouped in hanging baskets. A drip irrigation system is a simple solution for keeping hanging baskets well watered, lush and green.

Provide Full-Sun Plants With Adequate Water
While many varieties of full-sun plants tolerate a dry spell, they will thrive and produce the most abundant showing of flowers if provided with adequate moisture. Most garden plants require at least 1 to 2 inches of water a week. It is best to water early in the morning or late in the day, when water is not so quickly evaporated away by the noonday sun.

A Continual Burst Of Blooms
With a bit of research and study, it is easy to find full-sun plants that will provide brilliant bursts of color in your home garden from early spring to late fall. You are only limited by your imagination; be creative then sit back and enjoy watching your garden grow.

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Everyone is talking about it but not many real estate professionals are doing it…social media marketing. The numbers say it works but the competition has yet to embrace the tech savvy marketing that only benefits their sellers. Recent studies show that social media does influence the products we buy.

Traditionally, the number one way to market has been word of mouth advertising, but now social media has the power to influence consumers to buy according to what their family and friends like. Social media marketing has become word of mouth marketing on steroids.

This chart below shows a study from eMarketer citing the number of internet users who would buy a brand from social media influence.


eMarkerter also found that; “while that is a relatively small percentage, younger consumers were more likely to buy because of a “like.” They found that 23% of US internet users under the age of 35 said they would buy a brand because of a friend’s social endorsement, and nearly as many internet users between the ages 35 and 49 would do so. Females and males were about even by this metric, at 18% vs. 17%”.

What does this mean for sellers? All real estate professionals need to be utilizing social media including blogs, facebook, twitter and more to promote their properties. Not doing this is a disservice to the seller. The National Association of Realtors in 2011, found that 52% of the first time home buyers were between the ages of 24 and 35 years old. First time home buyers made up 37% of all homes purchased. These numbers directly correlate with the study of influence of social media on buying decisions.

So when looking to make a decision on who to list your home for sale with make sure your real estate professional is social media savvy.

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