What Flowers Require Full Sun?

Certain types of flowers require full sun. This is true of annuals and perennials. Annuals are flowers that bloom continually throughout a season; once the season is over, they do not survive the winter. Perennials are flowers that grow back from the root every season. There are several varieties of each type that require full sun.

Perennial: Phlox

Phlox paniculata or garden phlox can bloom six weeks or more from mid-summer until fall. They can grow to be more than 3 feet tall and are often used as background plants or in groupings between other plants. Phlox come in a wide variety of colors and have a delicate, sweet fragrance.

Perennial: Monarda

Monardas are more commonly referred to as bee balm. They are known for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. They make an ideal summer border flower. Bee balm comes in a variety of colors, and double-flower varieties are now available. They can grow 2 to 4 feet tall and bloom from early to late summer.

Perennial: Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisies are hardy perennials with large, dense white flowers with yellow centers. They usually grows 6 to 12 inches. They prefer full sun and fertile soil and bloom during June and July. They make ideal ground cover or border plants since the leaves remain green all year. They are also popular cut flowers.

Annuals: Petunias

Petunia x hybrida require full sun and well-drained soil. The wave petunia grows over containers and hanging baskets well. Petunias come in all shades of colors in various heights.

Annual: Marigolds

Tagetes erecta are a dependable plant that can grow medium to tall in height with a bushy pattern. They produce yellow, orange or white flowers. They are well suited for gardens or containers and make good cut flowers.

Annual: Snapdragons

Antirrhinum majus can grow 6 inches to 3 feet in full sun and well-drained soil. They come in a variety of colors and bloom from May through October. This popular flower grows well in cooler temperatures. If planted later in the summer, they will last until a hard frost hits.

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Sheri Engstrom has been writing for 15 years. She is currently a gardening writer for Demand Studios. Engstrom completed the master gardener program at the University of Minnesota Extension service. She is published in their book "The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites." She is also the online education examiner Minneapolis for Examiner.com.