The Best Sun-Loving Plants

Sun-lovers tend to be among the most free-flowering of all garden plants. The best plants to use in a sunny garden are those that would naturally be found in exposed positions with high light levels, low rainfall and poor, fast-draining soil.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
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Helmond Pillar Barberry

Berberis thunbergii, Helmond Pillar, is an upright deep purplish red column plant that makes quite a statement in the landscape. The unique form is ideal as an architectural feature or for framing a doorway.

Sea Holly

Eryngium x tripartitum, or sea holly, has blue green stems with masses of small metallic blue flower heads on tall 4 foot stems. Sea holly is a delight to butterflies and flower arrangers alike and is a tough plant that is very tolerant of drought.

Midsummer Montbretia

Montbretia, or Crocosmia, produces gladiolus like foliage fans around the branched funnel shaped flower spikes which zig zag to height of up to 36 inches. Each stem carries a profuse number of star shaped flowers opening over long period.

Pheasant's Tail Grass

Stipa arundinacea, or Pheasants Tail Grass, is a favorite grass in the garden. Orange green grass will form full 3 feet mounds that are a striking color all year. Although not terribly hardy, it will survive cold climates.

Cotton Lavender

Cotton Lavender is evergreen perennial with aromatic silver leaves. In midsummer it bears small yellow flowers. Ideal for dry, rocky places or Mediterranean type gravel gardens. Popular as an ornamental shrub, dwarf edging plant in sun.

Apple Blossom Rosebud

Apple blossom rosebud, a Pelargonium hybrid, packs pink and white petals into umbels that resemble clusters of rosebuds. Grows in full sun, and blooms in spring, summer and fall.

Phlomis Shrub

Phlomis cashmeriana, or Kashmir Sage, is an outstanding performer with its stately architecture, large, handsome gray green foliage and showy spikes of lavender pink whorled flower clusters. It is a highlight of the summer sunny garden.

Field Poppies

Papaver rhoeas, Mother of Pearl group, is a pretty mix of field poppies with single and semi double flowers in pink, white, reds and silvery greys, which gently scatters itself in the garden from one year to the next. Plant in a sunny site.

Violet Blue Aster

Aster x frikartii, 'Wunder von Stafa', is an herbaceous perennial, with dark foliage and light violet, yellow-centered flowers. Its daisy-like flowers bloom in late summer and autumn in a sunny site.

Sunny Hibiscus

Hibiscus syriacus, Lady Stanley or Rose of Sharon, is a gorgeous variety with semi double to double pinkish white flowers with purple veins that blooms in July until the end September. Plant in hot sunny sites.

Rock Garden Anthemis

Anthemis punctata, or cupaniana, is a mat forming plant with dense silvery grey leaves and long lasting white daisy like flowers with yellow center. It is a happy sun loving plant that prefers dry and bright situations.

Ancilla Tulip

Tulipa Ancilla bears large blooms on short, sturdy plants that open wide to display a golden heart encircled by a perfect ring of scarlet. In chameleon like sequence, the eye catching colors change daily as the flowers mature. A good sunny

Purple Salvia

Salvia patens is a tuberous rooted perennial that will come back year after year if given some protection from winter cold. The stems will produce loose spikes of sparse pure blue flowers in the mid to late summer.

Yucca Plant

Yucca filamentosa, or Bright Edge, is good for problem sunny areas with dry soil. It forms a large evergreen rosette of leathery sword shaped leaves. When mature, it produces a tall spike loaded with large, fragrant creamy white flowers.

Allgold Broom

Cytisus x praecox, Allgold broom, produces long sprays of pea like flowers making this an excellent choice for mass planting in a sunny area. It bears beautiful rounded habit of dense, green branches having tiny green leaves.

New Zealand Cabbage Palm

Cordyline australis, Albertii or New Zealand cabbage palm, makes an excellent containers shrub on patios, but it can grow to the size of a small tree. It needs shelter in winter, if grown outside.

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