Plants That Do Well in Full Sun

If you've got a sunny garden patch, then you're in luck. There's no shortage of plants that enjoy sunshine. Full sun means that the patch is nearly never shaded, getting at least six hours of direct sunlight each day, which limits your options just a little bit. You also need to be concerned with drainage; some full sun plants require a boggy soil while others do best in a well-drained plot.


Hollyhock stalks love full sun and can grow to be up to 12 feet tall. Beginning in mid to late summer, they're covered in outward-facing ruffly fluted flowers that come in a wide variety of colors. They're commonly planted in sunny places--up against fences or walls--since they grow so tall. By the time the flowers bloom, the foliage at the base of the stalk looks pretty weathered and raggedy, so it's best to have low-growing flowers planted in front of the hollyhocks. They self-seed and can thrive in deficient soils, as long as the drainage is good.


Marigolds love sunshine and come in white and rust color, as well as the more popular shades of yellow and orange. Marigolds grow low, generally no more than 6 to 8 inches from the ground, and reseed themselves. They're not picky about their soil at all--and as a bonus, they have a reputation for repelling nematodes, aphids and even potato beetles. Organic gardeners plant marigolds to keep invasive pests away from their vegetables.


Plant elderberries in full sun. They grow best when planted by seed, and then--like their cousins, jasmine and honeysuckle--just watch them grow. They can tolerate depleted soil and both the flowers and berries are edible. They can be pruned into small trees, or allowed to run rampant, growing 6 to 10 feet tall in sunny places and spreading wider every year.

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