What Flowers Are Good for Full Sun?

As the sun shines down upon the landscape, full sun flowers tilt their heads up to the sky to soak up the rays so they can flourish. Grown in dozens of varieties, each with its own color, shape and size, sun-loving flowers create a showy landscape display. Lining a garden walk or tucked among a perennial garden, full sun flowers are often times heat- and drought-tolerant, creating a hardy garden flower.

Sea Shell Cosmos

Sea shell cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sea Shells') are a fast-growing annual flower with a clumping form that thrives in full sun. Growing 3 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 12 inches wide, this plant works well tucked along a front flower bed or border for a bright burst of color. The quilled blossoms on the cosmos sea shell flower are tube-shaped and hollow. Petals that grow in pink, white or red surround the bright yellow centers. Summer-blooming, sea shell cosmos flowers are frequented by butterflies for the quintessential garden feel. Ideal for a fresh cut bouquet, sea shell cosmos are drought- and heat-tolerant. To promote a long-lasting flowering season, deadhead or remove the spent blooms. Sea shell cosmos flowers require full sun and well-drained soil to thrive.

Flamenco Dancer Poppy

Flamenco dancer poppy (Papaver orientale 'Flamenco Dancer') is a perennial flower that flourishes in full sun. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, the plant has a clump-like form and showy bloom. Bright red, the fringed flower head grows 4 to 6 inches wide, ideal tucked into a container for a bright burst of color. Flamenco dancer poppy flowers bloom in late spring to early summer to last through the season. Divide plants in late summer to early fall to plant in other areas of the garden. Flamenco dancer poppy requires full sun and well-drained soils. It thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 7.

Kaffir Lily

Kaffir lilies (Schizostylis coccinea) are sun-loving perennial flowers that grow in a wide range of colors including, white, pink, red and salmon. Growing 24 to 36 inches tall, kaffir lilies are fall-blooming flowers that provide bright color to the fall landscape. Tucked along a perennial border among other fall-blooming flowers, kaffir lilies create a vibrant garden presence. Kaffir lilies are found growing along streams and rivers and require moist soil to thrive. These versatile plants tolerate poorly drained soils. The plant grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 through 9.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.