Plants for Full Sun Garden

Updated July 19, 2017

Sun gardens filled with colourful plants and flowers create a focal point for the home and garden. Plant your full sun garden in a south-facing area of the landscape for a strong dose of sun and fill it with plants that can handle the hot summer rays and extra dry conditions that would kill many other plants. Plant flowers in different shapes and sizes and bloom colours to create a balanced, colourful display.


Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) is an herbaceous perennial flower that features 4- to 5-inch, single, outward-facing blooms that grow in shades of red, yellow, white and pink. The colourful blooms grow along the upright spikes and emerge in June and last into July. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden for the quintessential garden feel. Hollyhocks grow 6 to 8 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They grow best in full sun and well-drained, moist soil, although they tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions. Plant hollyhocks along the backdrop of a perennial bed to provide stunning architectural height and drama to the landscape. Grow hollyhocks in USDA zones 2 to 10.

Pampas Grass

'Gold Band' pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band') is a drought-tolerant, noninvasive ornamental grass that grows 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide, creating a commanding landscape presence. It has a clumping growth habit and tolerance for both heat and drought. 'Gold Band' foliage features golden edges, hence the name 'Gold Band,' and late-summer plumes that shoot straight up and out of the foliage. Pampas grass 'Gold Band' requires full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. It grows best in USDA zones 7 to 11.

Russian Sage

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is a woody perennial flower in the mint family that thrives in full sun. It features two-lipped, pale blue, tubular flowers that grow along the branched, 12- to 15-inch-long panicles. The grey to green foliage on Russian sage is finely dissected and, when crushed, creates an aromatic scent to the garden. Russian sage has a long blooming period, beginning in July and lasting into October. Hardy, Russian sage is drought-tolerant and is easily grows in dry soils. It requires well-drained soil and will flop if grown in anything besides full sun. Plant Russian sage in USDA zones 5 to 9.

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