Sun Lovers

Sunny spots where the ground is moist, or where the sun is intense for just part of the day before it moves around, present no problem for the majority of plants. All except the shade-loving plants are likely to thrive. But if the position is sunny nearly all day, and the soil tends to be 
free-draining and dry, you need plants adapted to such bright and arid conditions.

Fortunately, those plants that do well
 in these positions are often bright, floriferous, and very colourful. As a general rule, grey-leaved plants are 
well suited to these conditions, but if 
in doubt check.

Most of the plants suggested here tolerate dry soil well. However, give perennials and shrubs extra attention 
for the first season. Once they get 
their roots down they should be able 
to survive happily in a normal year.

Colutea arborescens has the bonus
of interesting inflated seed pods as
well as pretty yellow flowers.

Annuals that love the sun

Most hardy annuals thrive in hot, bright conditions, and especially those with daisy-like flowers that only open when it’s warm and sunny. Be generous with the annuals, especially those native 
to sunny climates such as
 South Africa.

Achillea filipendulina

See Colour themes.

Agapanthus hybrids

See Colour themes.

Alyssum saxatile

See Colour themes.

Artemisia arborescens

Semi-evergreen shrub. Silvery-white, much divided leaves. Yellow flowers 
in early and mid summer. Not 
reliably hardy in cold areas 1.2 × 1.2m (4 × 4ft).

Buddleia davidii

See Planting for quick results.

Caryopteris × clandonensis

See Planting for quick results.

Colutea arborescens

Deciduous shrub. Divided, pale green leaves, and yellow pea-like flowers in summer. These are followed by 
inflated seed pods, flushed coppery-
red 2.4 × 2.4m (8 × 8ft).

Convolvulus cneorum

Evergreen shrub. Silvery foliage. 
Funnel-shaped white flowers, flushed pink beneath the petals, all summer 
60 × 60cm (2 × 2ft).

Cytisus scoparius hybrids

Deciduous shrub. Green branches 
make it look evergreen. Pea-type flowers, in shades of yellow, red and pink, many multi coloured, in late
spring and early summer 2.4 × 1.8m
(8 × 6ft).

Sedum spectabile has fleshy,
succulent leaves, enabling it to
grow well even in a hot, sunny

Echinops ritro

Herbaceous perennial. Divided,
prickly grey-green foliage, spherical
steel blue flower heads in mid and late summer 1m × 60cm (3 × 2ft).

Eryngium variifolium

Evergreen perennial. Dark green leaves marbled white. Grey-blue flower
heads with white collars, in mid and 
late summer 60 × 45cm (2ft × 18in).

Genista tinctoria

See Planting for quick results.


See Everbright evergreens.

Helianthemum nummularium

Evergreen sub-shrub. Green or grey leaves. Masses of small flowers in
shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, 
and white, in late spring and early summer, with a second flush later in 
the year if the dead flowers are
trimmed off 15–23 × 60cm
(6–9in × 2ft).

Kniphofia hybrids

See No fuss, low maintenance plants.


See Planting for quick results.

Nepeta x faassenii

See Colour themes.

Osteospermum hybrids

Evergreen sub-shrub. Still sometimes called Dimorphothecas. Large daisy-
shaped flowers mainly in shades of purple, pink, and white, all summer. 
Not hardy in cold areas, but will 
tolerate frosts where the winters are 
not severe 30 × 60cm (12in × 2ft).

Perovskia atriplicifolia

See Colour themes.

Osteospermums thrive in a hot,
sunny situation. This one is O.

Phlomis fruticosa

Semi-evergreen shrub. Grey-green foliage. Clusters of quaint, bright
yellow flowers at the tips of shoots, in early and mid summer 75cm × 1.2m
(21/2× 4ft).


See Everbright evergreens.

Romneya coulteri

Sub-shrubby perennial. Large 
fragrant white flowers, 10–15cm
(4–6in) across from mid summer to
 mid autumn. Not recommended 
for cold areas 1.2 × 1.2m (4 × 4ft).

Rosmarinus officinalis

See Everbright evergreens.

Santolina chamaecyparissus

See Colour themes.

Sedum spectabile

Herbaceous perennial. Succulent
 leaves. Large, flat pink flower heads 
in early and mid autumn
 45 × 45cm (18 × 18in).

Stachys lanata

See Colour themes.

Ulex europaeus

See No fuss, low-maintenance plants.


See Everbright evergreens.