What Flowers Grow Best in Full Sun?

By Nannette Richford

  • Overview

    What Flowers Grow Best in Full Sun?
    What Flowers Grow Best in Full Sun?
    Choosing a sunny location for a flowerbed opens the door to growing a wide selection of flowers that are not possible in shady areas. Flowers that love full sun come in many sizes and every imaginable color, making it possible to create an outstanding display of color throughout the entire growing season. Once you explore the possibilities, you will be amazed at the flexibility you have.
  • Spring Bulbs

    Spring blooming flowers that love the sun include a variety of bulbs that return year after year. Daffodils provide a brilliant splash of yellow in early spring. Left to naturalize, these delightful flowers spread over hillsides or into sunny areas where their beauty returns each spring. Tulips, available in hues of yellow, orange, red and purple, create bright color in early spring. Crocuses often pop above the ground before the last snow has melted and come in a selection of colors from sunny yellow to rich shades of lavender and blue. Hyacinths provide color as the tulips and daffodils fade and come in many colors. These flowers emit a sweet heady fragrance.
  • Summer Blooming Flowers

    Summer blooming flowers for sunny areas continue the display of color and add depth and texture to established gardens. Shasta daisies bloom in mounds with bright white petals and yellow centers. Zinnias, available in both dwarf and miniature varieties, are sturdy plants that serve to add color to any garden and make delightful cut flowers. These easy to grow flowers come in a wide range of colors with either single or double blooms.


  • Marigolds

    For borders, marigolds are an excellent choice for sunny locations. Marigolds are available in sizes that range from tiny 4-inch mounds to massive 2-to 3-foot plants. Colors range from white, cream and yellow to orange and variegated orange. Marigolds emit a pungent scent that deters insects, making them an excellent companion plant in vegetable gardens.
  • Purple Coneflower

    Purple coneflower, paired with black-eyed-Susan or other rubeckia cultivars, makes a striking plant that adds interest to the garden. These unusual plants sport a ring of petals similar to daisy petal, but they create an inverted bloom with a dark center. This plant returns each year and grows bigger with larger blooms. The seed head produces hundreds of seeds that often take root, producing a larger clump of flowers in the next season.
  • Nasturtiums

    Nasturtiums, available as either dwarf or tall varieties, produce attractive blooms in shades of yellow, red and orange. Planted in mounds or along fences, these delightful flowers create a mass of color and bloom for an extended period. They are ideal as cut flowers in small bouquets, emit a delicate scent and are suitable for garnishes or in summer salads.
  • Other Choices

    Visit your local greenhouse in early spring to view many flower options available for sunny locations. These can be purchased in flats for a nominal fee and transplanted directly into the garden. Most are in bloom when sold and thrive when planted outside. Always check the identification tag in the flat to verify the plant is suitable for full sun.
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