Gardeners who have especially sunny gardens need to carefully choose their flowers, as many plant species require at least some respite from hot afternoon sun (especially in the summer). Luckily, there are plenty of sun-loving plants that not only tolerate high amounts of sun but thrive in it, producing exceptional blooms to accentuate the garden.
Marigolds (Tagates erecta) are attractive, low-growing annuals that produce stunning multilayered blossoms in colors ranging from yellow to deep orange reds. Marigolds are native to the American Southwest all the way down to South America, so it's no surprise these flowers love sunlight. Marigolds are easy to care for, requiring little else besides a good location in the sun and moist, well-drained soil. Besides producing attractive flowers, marigolds have a pungent scent that wards off many insects. Strategically planting marigolds near insect-prone plants may help keep your garden pest free.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a herbaceous perennial that can be found growing in open woodlands and prairies throughout Eastern and Central America. Several species of echinacea are marketed for their medicinal purposes, and dried extracts of the plant are widely sold in capsule form. The plant reaches an average height of between 2 to 3 feet, and has showy purple petals accentuated by a darker center. These drought-tolerant plants will grow in both full sun and partial shade, preferring rich, well-drained soils.
Besides boasting attractive purple, blue or white flowers, lavender (Lavandula spp.) plants offer a pleasing aroma that's attractive to the gardener and unattractive to common garden pests such as deer and rabbits. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is frequently grown as an ornamental plant, cherished for its hardiness and appealing scent. English lavender will thrive in well-drained soils and full sun, although the plant won't tolerate high humidity. Even after English lavender loses its flowers (sometime between late spring and early summer), the pruned leaves still produce a strong aroma.