Before you start landscaping and choosing plants for areas with full sun, you should know about some colorful plants that thrive in sunny conditions. These particular plants will not lose their color or wilt when planted in direct sunlight. Although there are many varieties of plants to plant in sun, these varieties tolerate full sun in spring, summer and fall.
Marigolds are easy-to-grow annuals that thrive in full sun. They are in the daisy/aster family and grow to between 6 inches and 3 feet high, depending on the variety---which can be triploid marigold, African marigold or French marigold. The blooms come in may colors, including yellow, gold, red, bronze and orange. Marigolds need water during periods of drought. They do well in USDA zones 9 through 11 and will die after the first frost.
Daylilies are perennials that grow very well in full sun. Most species come from Asia but are grown all over the United States and Canada. The daylily grows with a thick root system that can hold nutrients and moisture, ensuring that the plant thrives in full sun and drought conditions. Popular colors include orange and yellow, as well as the multicolored blooms of hybrids. Daylilies grow in USDA zones 3 through 10.
Clematis tolerates full sun as well as partial shade. The USDA zones for clematis are 8 through 10 when all chances of frost are gone. The clematis vine grows like a weed and has green foliage with colorful flowers. The vines can climb as high as 20 feet if there is something to attach to, such as a tree, trellis or fence.
Baby's breath adds touch of flair to the garden. The green stems and tiny, white flowers can grow to 6 feet tall. The USDA zones for baby's breath are 4 through 8. It thrives in full sun and will tolerate drought conditions.