Full Sun Plants – Plants And Flowers That Do Well In Direct Sun

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By Nikki Phipps
(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden)

Growing plants in full sun, especially within containers, can be challenging unless you choose varieties that are tolerant of these conditions. Many full sun plants are also tolerant of drought and arid conditions, making them ideal for potted environments too. For instance, rosemary is an attractive, heat-tolerant, sun-loving herb that can be grown in areas with full sun as well as containers.

Full Sun Border Plants

Sunny borders are popular locations for flowers that do well in direct sun. When choosing plants for areas with full sun, it’s generally better to stick with native plantings whenever possible. These plants are well suited to your particular area and climate, giving them the best chance for success. However, you can also select plants that share similar growing conditions according to your site such as soil type, light and water requirements.

Some good full sun border plants that are well suited to most areas include:

Favorite Full Sun Perennials

There are many perennials that thrive in full sun and dry, arid conditions. Many of these can be grown in containers and most perennials are low maintenance too. To get the most from your perennials, match their growing needs to that of your area, especially if growing in pots, which will require drought tolerant plants.

Some of the most common choices for full sun perennials in containers are:

Annual Flowers That Do Well in Direct Sun

Many annuals make great choices for sunny areas and container plants. They are also excellent for filling in gaps within sunny borders. Most full sun annuals are accustomed to drought-like conditions, which make them good candidates for these types of areas.

Suitable annuals to grow in pots or sunny borders include:

Full sun plants don’t have to be worrisome. As long as you choose the ones that thrive in your area and are heat and drought tolerant, you should be rewarded with beautiful flowers and foliage. For seasonal interest within your containers, try planting different types that will bloom at various times so there is always something in flower.

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