Landscaping the western and southern sides of your home are sometimes more difficult than the northern and eastern sides. Since the sun sets in the west, plants that grow on the western and southern sides of the home get sunlight in the evening. In the summer, as the sun beats down on this side of the house, it becomes a hot place to try and grow plants. The solution is to use landscape plants that like hot, evening sun.
Cacti, succulents and other desert plants are adapted to the harsh conditions of daily sunlight. Plants such as these thrive in hot, evening sun. Most desert varieties need no water in the winter, but will require deep watering once weekly in summer to simulate the rain patterns of the desert. Some examples of desert plants that grow well on the south and western sides of a home include yuccas, brittle bush, creosote bush, jojoba and penstemons.
Shrubs and Vines
Shrubs and vines with thicker, waxy leaves are adapted to tough conditions of evening hot sun and high wind, such as the kind found in both deserts and prairies. The thick, waxy leaves of these plants helps to hold water into the plant during drought conditions. These plants should be planted in areas with good drainage. Because they are drought-tolerant, they do not do well in standing water. Examples of waxy-leafed plants include blueberries, ivy and climbing roses, stonecrop, trumpet vine, ivy, clematis, shrub roses, holly and butterfly bushes.
Prarie Grasses and Flowers
Prairie grasses and flowers are adapted to the low-rainfalls and high winds of the Midwestern prairies. Many ornamental grasses were adapted from grasses that grow wild on the prairies for this reason. Bulbs and flowers with tuberous roots such as lilies, irises and daylilies as well as ornamental grasses do well in these conditions. Examples of ornamental grasses you can plant for hot evening sun include zebra grass, maiden grass, pampas grass, and fountain grass. You can also choose perennial flowers such as yarrow, Shasta daisy, wormwood, chrysanthemums, lavender and bee balm, rosemary, black eyed Susan, sage and verbena.