Flowers to Grow in the Sun

A plant can be found for any area of the garden, from hostas for shady spots to daisies for sunnier locations. Although some flowers thrive almost anywhere, a number of plants require sunshine for the majority of daylight hours. These are referred to as plants requiring "full sun".


Gladiolus are tall, slender beauties known for their excellence in cut floral arrangements. Color varieties of gladiola blooms include pink, orange, yellow, purple and red. Gladiolus are grown from bulbs, which must be dug up at the end of each growing season. The bulbs should be dried and stored in a cool dry place until the following spring when they can be reintroduced to the garden. Gladiolus, or glads, require a full sun spot in the garden where they will receive at least six hours of sunlight a day.

Shasta Daisies

Plant Shasta daisies in full sun for optimum growth. These classic white daisies with yellow centers are easy to care for. In 2003, the Perennial Plant Association named them Perennial of the Year. Give them plenty of water and sunshine and watch them flourish. Start Shasta daisies from seed indoors and transplant them to the garden in middle to late spring. Young plants may also be available at a local garden center. Shasta daisies typically bloom in early summer.

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans will return year after year to reward diligent gardeners with large yellow daisy-like blooms with black centers. Grow these hardy perennials from seed sown directly into the soil or simply plant a mature black-eyed Susan and allow it to drop seeds, which will sprout the following spring. These tall flowers require six hours of sunlight a day. They will not grow or propagate as well in shaded areas.


Plant coreopsis in full sun so that it receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. This small daisy-like flower is bright yellow and sits atop thin spindly stems. Coreopsis typically grows 12 to 18 inches tall and spreads horizontally. It is a hardy perennial capable of tolerating relatively dry conditions.

Purple Coneflowers

The purple coneflower, or echinacea, rewards gardeners with tall, slender stalks topped with large purple flowers. Echinacea is a hardy perennial that prefers bright sun for at least six hours daily. Unlike many tall flowering stalks, the purple coneflower does not require staking. According to Georgetown University Medical Center, some preparations of this plant may aid in shortening the durations of common colds.

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Kay Abbot was first published in 2004 with articles written for Triond. She is a second-year psychology student with the University of Phoenix.