Flowers That Grow in Direct Sunlight

Choosing the right flowers for the sunnier parts of your garden is important. Plants that prefer partial sun or shade can wilt or burn in full sunlight where sunlovers thrive. Arrange your garden to make the most of the sun you get. With the right selections, the full, bright sun will make your flowers shine.


Lavender is not a single species of plant, but a whole genus of closely related plants and hybrids. Lavenders are known for their sweet, seductive smell, which is commonly used in potpourri, cosmetics and even in some recipes. Lavender has bright cones of purple flowers on densely clustered, long green stalks. Depending on the variety, it is hardy to USDA zones 4, 5 or 7, but most likes full, hot sun with well-drained soil.


The term poppy refers to an entire family of bright, colorful flowers with a broad distribution. Although many poppies, such as the Himalayan poppy, prefer colder climates and lower levels of light, there are a number of full-sun species as well. The small annual California poppy with its bright orange flowers, the tall and colorful oriental poppy and the notorious opium poppy, with its large blooms and attractive seed pods all do well in full sun, as do several other poppy species.

Baby's Breath

For a more delicate full-sun bloom, try baby's breath or Gypsophila. The small, white clustered blooms of this sun-loving flower are a frequent feature in bouquets and flower baskets. It prefers well-drained slightly alkaline soils. Choose Gypsophila panniculata for double white or slightly pinkish flowers, or Gypsophila pacifica for single pink flowers.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bush or buddleia has a lot to offer. Not only does it have flowers and a pleasant fragrance, but butterflies love it. Preferring warm gardens, it can grow up to USDA zone 5. In colder climates, it dies to the ground in winter. but in warmer areas it can grow up to 10 feet tall. The flowers vary from 4 to 10 inches. They are generally lilac, but can come in other shades of purple, as well as red, white and pink. The bush prefers full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

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