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8 Flowering Shrubs for Full Sun

Plants love the sun, and it is not a secret that without it, they won’t grow strong and healthy. However, when you expose them to plenty of bright, intense sunshine, they can wither easily. So if you live in an area with a lot of heat, you have to know which plants will thrive in it. 

To help you establish a garden full of beautiful colors in these conditions, we prepared a list of the eight flowering shrubs for full sun. Go ahead and find something suitable for yourself!

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bush
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Butterfly Bush owns its name to the fact that it attracts butterflies with its nectar, as well as beneficial insects. It can grow tall, reaching from 5 to 15 feet. It blooms in the spring and summer with fragrant clusters that can have plenty of gorgeous colors. Besides access to plenty of suns, provide this shrub with high quality and well-drained soil. If you do that, your shrub will grow healthy without the use of fertilizer.


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If you are a yellow color enthusiast, do not hesitate and start growing Forsythia in your garden. This beautiful flowering shrub is also known as golden bells due to its yellow flowers that grow along its arched branches. It blooms yellow in spring, but in the fall, you can enjoy its flowers turning red, green, or even purple. Find a place in your yard with plenty of direct suns, and plant it in moist and fertile soil for the best results.

California Lilac

California lilac
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If the wonderful blue colors are not a good enough reason to grow California Lilac, then maybe the beautiful scent of its blooming flowers will convince you to do it. You can find it practically all over the west coast of the United States, and it is a perfect plant for folks who don’t want to spend hours caring for it since it is trouble-free to grow. Compared to the previous shrubs on this list, California Lilac prefers dry soil to achieve the best blooms.

Mock Orange

Mock Orange Bush
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It is almost impossible to pass by Mock Orange bush indifferently. Its stunning citrus aroma combined with beautiful white flowers will attract the attention of everyone who is within its sight and smell. Even though the blooming of Mock Orange is relatively short since it takes only from one to two weeks, it is definitely worth having it in your garden. This bush will grow best in the spot with full sun and moist but not soaked soil that contains some compost.

Flowering Quince

Flowering quince
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Flowering Quince is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub related to roses that will be a perfect addition to your garden. Its dark green foliage combined with gorgeous red, orange, white, or pink flowers will catch the eye of every visitor with ease. It is an easy plant to care for and maintain and grows best in alkaline clay. This shrub loves to be exposed to full sun and planted in well-drained soil. Before new growth in early spring, feed it with some fertilizer or compost. 


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Weigela is a perfect plant to grow by beginners since it is easy to plant and almost carefree. It has beautiful green leaves and blooms with funnel-shaped flowers that come in many colors, including pink, red, or even yellow, that you can enjoy in early spring. To have a strong and healthy Weigela in your garden, simply plant in a spot with full sun to partial shade, and make sure the soil is always moist and well-drained.

Shrub Rose 

Shrub rose
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Shrub roses are one of these plants that you cannot skip when organizing your garden. Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but shrub roses are a completely different story, and they don’t need much care. Their flowers come in all colors, from white to deep purple, meaning everyone can find their favorite color to include in their yard. To have the best results, plant your shrubs in a sunny spot and make sure the soil is fertile and moist but not soaked. 

Hardy Hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus Luna Rose
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If you like large and showy flowers, consider growing Hardy Hibiscus. They come in a variety of gorgeous colors, such as pink, red, white, or magenta. Besides looking fabulous, Hardy Hibiscus also attracts animals like butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. They will grow great not only planted directly in the soil but also in a container. Just make sure the plant is exposed for a minimum of 6 hours every day to full sun and that the soil is moist and rich in nutrients.

To Sum Up

Every plant has its requirements to grow strong and healthy. Numerous species do best in areas full of heat and direct sun. So if your garden is located in a place like that, choose something from this list! The eight flowering shrubs we included love these harsh conditions!

Let us know which plant you like the most, and as always, please share!