Gardeners who are tending to a yard with little to no shade don't need to despair; there are plenty of plants besides cacti and succulents that thrive in sunny locations. Many flowering plants produce stunning blooms that are bolstered, not hindered, by a full day of sunshine.
The Salvia genus contains a number of sun loving flowering plants. Flowering Salvia plants produce columns of small flowers in a range of blue and purple shades. The plant has a distinct and fragrant aroma which is highly attractive to hummingbirds. Salvia is quite low maintenance, tolerating a range of poor soils so long as they are extremely well drained. Salvia should be planted where it can receive a full day's worth of sunlight.
Shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet ) is a tropical perennial plant native to China. Known for its waxy evergreen foliage and shell-like pink flowers, shell ginger is a popular ornamental plant that grows well in full sunlight. Despite the plant's love of sun and humidity, shell ginger has low drought tolerance and should be watered often during hot summer months. Shell ginger grows well in sandy or clay soils, tolerating alkaline and acidic soils. The plant has moderate salt tolerance, making it a good plant for sunny coastal gardens.
Mexican zinnia (Zinnia haageana) is a bushy annual that thrives in full sunlight. Native to Mexico, Mexican zinnia is extremely heat and drought tolerant, producing blooms until the first frosts appear. The low growing plant is often used in flower beds, where it can be used to showcase daisy-like orange and white blooms. The foliage is an attractive light green. Mexican zinnias are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, drawing both into the garden. Mexican zinnias should be planted in well drained soil in full sun locations.