Few flowers bloom in winter because few flowers want the darker and colder days. When the days start featuring higher temperatures with more abundant sunlight, the flowers begin peeking out until gardens are abloom, adorning spring and summer days. That's not to say that all flowers want to bask in the sun, though. Those wanting full or partial shade suffer under a scorching sun. Thus, gardeners with expanses of sun-drenched yards will be well-served in finding out flowers that enjoy basking in full sunlight.
Sunflowers so love the sun that when the plant begins to flower, its buds follow the sun throughtout the day. The trait is called heliotropism, and the flower gives it up when it blooms. Once the flower head is opened--the head is able to reach a diameter of about a foot--the flower faces east and sunrise.
The gigantic head of a sunflower requires a large stalk. Sunflower stems can grow up to 10 feet tall. The plant must be in full sun, for the plant will stretch toward the light and can become unbalanced, causing it to fall over.
Besides sun, the plant needs rich, well-draining soil.
Coneflowers have petals that radiate out from the center like rays. Black-eyed Susan is a popular choice.
In keeping with their happy-looking disposition, coneflowers are easy to grow, content in many kinds of soil, and bloom in mid to late summer. If you cut off the flowers before they go to seed, you'll have a long-lasting flower display.
Coneheads are perennials that grow in clumps, and these clumps can be divided every few years to get more flowers. Besides the yellow of the black-eyed Susan, other coneflower colors include purple and pink.
Hollyhocks are also known as althaea. Some types started out as biennials, blooming only in the second year of life, but breeding has made annuals out of them. Others, though, bloom not only for one year, but the following year as well. Most hollyhocks are perennials.
They produce four- to six-inch wide flowers. Colors are many and include red, white, pink and orange. The plants themselves grow four to six feet tall--some even taller. Besides sun, hollyhocks need only an average soil to thrive.