The Best Plants for High Light

Growing plants and flowers in full sun can be challenging unless you select specific types that are suited for these conditions. Plants who prefer high light conditions are also tolerant of drought, making them ideal in warm and sunny climates for low-maintenance gardening. Many of these plants also thrive in containers and potted landscapes.


Gardenias are sun-loving evergreen shrubs with fragrant white flowers. Moist, well-drained soil works best for a hardy gardenia plant. Gardenias also need very acidic soil, between pH levels of 5 and 6. This plant typically grows in a round, wide shape, and between 2 and 8 feet tall. Its leaves are glossy and dark green, and it blooms from mid-spring to late summer. Gardenias require watering once a week or an equivalent of 1 inch of rain. To keep the soil moist, apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch.

Orange Bird of Paradise

Orange bird of paradise is a native of South Africa and a member of the banana family. The unusual flower is bright orange with elongated petals and an electric blue tongue, extending away from the stamen. The plant can grow up to 5 feet tall, with a blooming season that begins in September and runs through May. Each mature plant contains between 2 to 3 dozen flowers, which when cut, can create an arrangement that lasts between 1 and 2 weeks. Bird of paradise plants prefer rich loamy soils with adequate drainage. It is also salt-tolerant and frequently grows near oceans. Optimal flowering and growth will occur when planted in high light.


Originating in Asia, Hibiscus, a hardy perennial, loves full sun and in the right temperature, can bloom all year round. Hibiscus comes in a variety of color combinations, with blooms ranging from 2 to 12 inches. Some hibiscus bushes can grow as high as 15 feet. The hibiscus has single and double blooms, as well as beautiful glossy dark green leaves. The plant prefers soil that has been dried out after each watering. For cooler climates, where nighttime temperatures drop below 40 degrees, you will need to brink your hibiscus indoors. Place them in a sunny area or under fluorescent lights and maintain a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees F.

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