When the sun cascades down onto the garden, many plant varieties including bushes, flowers and grasses come to life to light up the landscape. Sun-loving plants are often drought-tolerant--ideal plants to grow in arid, warm climates. Plants that need a lot of sunlight to survive generally prefer well-drained soils to thrive, and benefit from pruning and deadheading to promote new growth.
The butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a deciduous shrub with medium to coarse texture and a rapid growth rate. Growing 5 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, the butterfly bush requires full sun to survive. Butterfly bushes have fragrant, flowers that grow on 4- to 10-inch panicles to emerge in summer to last through the fall. The flower heads grow in a wide range of colors including, yellow, white, purple, pink and yellow. The simple, long green to gray leaves grow 4 to 10 inches and have a white dusting on the underneath side of the leaf. Drought-tolerant, butterfly bushes attract wildlife like birds and butterflies to the garden to drink the flower nectar.
The large, rounded form and arching, cascading branches of the butterfly bush can be pruned in late winter to ensure new growth the following season. Butterfly bushes require well-drained, moist soil to thrive but can tolerate a wide range of soil varieties. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 5 to 9.
Becky Shasta Daisy
The Becky shasta daisy (Leucanthemum --- superbum 'Becky'), a variety of daisy flower, have a moderate growth rate and clump growth habit that produces a mass of flowers. The large flower is white with a yellow center and blooms in summer to last through the fall. Becky shasta daisies grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, ideal along a garden bed or border. The strong stalks grow up to 4 feet tall to hold the cheerful blooms. Shasta daisies attract birds and butterflies to the garden and make long-lasting fresh cut flowers.
Divide the Becky shasta daisy in early spring to plant in other areas around the garden. Becky shasta daisies prefer full sun to thrive and well-drained, moist soil. To promote flowering, deadhead or remove spent blooms as soon as they are visible. The zone for planting is 5 to 8.
Blue fescue (Festuca glauca), a hardy ornamental grass, requires full sunlight to grow for the best color. Drought-tolerant, blue fescue grows in dense mounds that are tufted and open in shape. The fine texture and blue-green foliage is ideal planted as a ground cover or accent grass in the garden. Blue fescue grows 6 to 10 inches tall and flowers in early summer. Adaptable, blue fescue prefers well-drained soil that is moist to dry. The zone for planting is 4 to 9.