Gardens produce just so much shade, with places where shade, or not much of it, just cannot reach. Look for flowers that need full sun and/or partial shade to fill the bill. Full sun is six or more hours of sunshine a day. Partial shade is three to six hours of sunshine. Flowers that need sun come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Silver New Zealand Burr
Silver New Zealand burr (Acaena caesiiglauca) is an Alpine flower that produces blue-green, lacy leaves and greenish flowers blooming in the summer that give way to copper-red colored burrs in late summer. The plant grows from 2 to 4 inches tall, 12 to 23 inches wide and can stand up to a light amount of foot traffic. Plant silver New Zealand burr in full sun or partial shade and a soil that is moist to dry. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9.
Showy calamint (Calamintha grandiflora) is also known as beautiful mint and is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9. The plant grows from 1 to 2 feet tall and produces bright pink, tube-shaped flowers with a fragrance that is a mix of lemon, lime and mint. It blooms for about six weeks in the summer. Leaves are either green or green with a white edge. Plant showy calamint in full sun or partial shade and a soil that is moist to dry. The flowers are a hummingbird favorite.
White-eyed Ice Plant
White-eyed ice plant (Delosperma basuticum) is a native of South Africa. The plant is an evergreen that grows from 1 to 2 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. Succulent, green leaves grow low to the ground and yellow daisy-shaped flowers bloom in the summer and grow just above the leaves. Plant white-eyed ice plant in full sun and a soil that is moist and well-drained. The plant is drought tolerant and a favorite food source for butterflies. White-eyed ice plant is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Mullein (Verbascum 'Banana Custard') grows as a biennial or short-lived perennial. Large, gray leaves grow close to the ground in a rosette pattern the first year and yellow flowers join the leaves, growing on tall spikes, from late spring to mid summer the second. The plant grows from 59 to 70 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. Plant mullein banana custard in full sun and a soil that is moist to dry. The plant is hardy in zones 4 to 9 and it attracts butterflies.