Garden Flowers That Do Well in the Sun

A full day of sunlight may seem like the ideal condition for every plant, but many flowers will simply wilt if planted in a sunny region of the garden. Though some flowers can't take the heat, many other garden flowers will flourish in the sun, producing their best and flashiest blooms.

Moss Rose

A native of the arid plains of South America, Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) is a sun loving, semi-succulent plant that is also commonly referred to as "sun plant." The trailing plant boasts fleshy, blue green foliage, red tinted stems and rose-like blooms in shades ranging from hot pink to yellow and orange. Moss rose thrives in gardens that get a full day of sun and offer sandy, well drained soil. Though drought tolerant, the plant will do best with the occasional watering. Moss rose should be cultivated in USDA Zones 5 to 11.

Treasure Flower

Treasure flower (Gazania rigens) is a low growing, leafy perennial that comes alive in the spring and summer months with daisy-like flowers in a spectrum of yellow, red and orange. The plant prefers full sunlight, and should be grown in USDA zones 9A to 10A. Treasure flower is tolerable of both dry and moist soils, and can go long periods of time without water. The plant should be grown in sandy, well drained soil that is neutral. Highly attractive to butterflies, treasure flower makes a dense and colorful ground cover, border or container plant.

Blazing Star

Blazing star (Liatris spicata 'Kobold'), also called spiked gayfeather, is a perennial flower native to North America. The plant boasts bushy, blue green foliage and tall spikes of fuzzy purple flowers. Blazing star requires full sunlight in order to thrive. The plant should be grown in alkaline or neutral soil, though it will tolerate both sandy and clay soil. Blazing star will grow in moist or dry soil--just give the plant some water during hot summer months. The plant should be grown in USDA zones 3A to 9A for best results.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.