Plants for Sunny Sites

Sun-lovers are among the most free-flowering of garden plants. If you have a sunny yard with reliably moist soil, you'll be able to grow a huge range of bright, beautiful flowering plants.
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Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Helmond Pillar’; Will grow happily in partial shade but fall leaf and berry color is stronger in full sun. H 5 ft (1.5 m); S 24 in (60 cm).

Sea Holly

Eryngium x tripartitum; Thistlelike flowers, midsummer to early fall. Use in a sunny gravel garden. H 24–36 in (60–90 cm); S 20 in (50 cm).

Montbretia

Crocosmia masoniorum; Long, arching stems produce vivid, bright red-orange flowers in midsummer. H 4 ft (1.2 m); S 3 in (8 cm).

Pheasant’s Tail Grass

Stipa arundinacea; An evergreen whose new-season dark green leaves become streaked with orange from summer through to winter. H 3 ft (1 m); S 4 ft (1.2 m).

Cotton Lavender

Santolina chamaecyparissus; Scented, gray-green foliage and bright yellow flowerheads. Grow on dry soils in full sun. H 20 in (50 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Pelargonium

Pelargonium ‘Apple Blossom Rosebud’; Rounded clusters of bicolored pink and white flowers. Will grow in partial shade, but prefers full sun. H 12–16 in (30–40 cm); S 8–10 in (20–25 cm).

Phlomis

Phlomis cashmeriana; Evergreen shrub with sagelike leaves and hooded, lilac-purple flowers. H to 36 in (90 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Field Poppy

Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group; Sun-loving annuals that self-seed freely. A wide-range of colors. H to 36 in (90 cm); S to 12 in (30 cm).

Aster

Aster frikartii ‘Wunder von Stäfa’; A sun-lover with violet-blue, daisylike flowers in late summer and early fall. H 28 in (70 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Hibiscus

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lady Stanley’; Deciduous shrub with exotic, pink and white flowers, plentiful in hot, sunny summers. H 10 ft (3 m); S 6 ft (2 m).

Anthemis

Anthemis punctata subsp. Cupaniana; Low-growing, spreading perennial with white, daisylike flowers, ideal for rock gardens. H 12 in (30 cm); S 36 in (90 cm).

Tulip

Tulipa ‘Ancilla’; Small tulip with pink blooms flushed red at the petal base. Flowers in mid-spring. A good rock-garden plant. H 6 in (15 cm).

Salvia

Salvia patens; A perennial with hooded flowers from midsummer to mid-fall. H 18–24 in (45–60 cm); S 18 in (45 cm).

Yucca

Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’; Clump of sharp leaves with yellow edges and tall spires of white flowers. Needs full sun. H 30 in (75 cm); S 5 ft (1.5 m).

Broom

Cytisus x praecox ‘Allgold’; Pale yellow-flowering shrub that will tolerate poor soil but requires full sun. Good for dry borders and rock gardens. H 4 ft (1.2 m); S 5 ft (1.5 m).

New Zealand Cabbage Palm

Cordyline australis ‘Albertii’; A palmlike, evergreen shrub that can grow to the size of a small tree. In frost-prone areas, grow in a container and provide shelter in winter. H 10–30 ft (3–10 m); S3-12 ft (1-4 m).

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