The Best Flowers to Plant in the Direct Sun

Many flowers thrive in full sun. In addition to commonly known flowers, such as roses, marigolds, and other common full sun flowers, a number of taller flowers and flowering bushes also thrive in full sun. By planting these taller flowers and bushes at the back of your gardens and planting more common full sun flowers at the front, you can create a colorful garden that thrives in full sun.

Bamboo Muhly

Bamboo muhly is a non-invasive ornamental flowering grass that thrives in full sun. Bamboo muhly has tiny, purplish flowers that eventually age and turn the color of wheat. Bamboo muhly grows in clumps 4 to 6 feet wide, but tends not to be invasive. Native to southern Arizona and northern Mexico, it is cold hardy to zones 8 through 10 and can survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees F. Closely related plants include the pink muhly and the white cloud muhly, both of which have larger, more noticeable flowers.

Little Volcano

The Little Volcano is a flowering shrub that thrives in full sun. This shrub is semi-deciduous and has rose to purple pea-like flowers that usually appear in the fall. However, on occasion, this shrub may flower in the spring. This bush is also known as "bush clover." Little Volcano grows to between 4 and 6 feet high and wide and grows well in zones 6 to 9.

White Butterflyweed

White butterflyweed thrives in full sun. Its creamy white flowers eventually turn to round, spiny greenish white seed pods. White butterflyweed gets its name because it tends to attract monarch butterflies. White butterflyweed grows 3 to 6 feet tall and does very well in zones 8 through 10. White butterflyweed is native to South Africa and is often called the swan plant, balloon plant, or family jewels.

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