Garden in full sun : which plants to choose ? Our selection!

If we have to revegetate a garden exposed to full sun all day, it is better to choose plants that can withstand heat and drought. To avoid having to water excessively, they are installed in a growing medium such as peat which retains water well and their foot is protected with a vegetable mulch. But many species are content with dry soil and this does not prevent them from blooming spectacularly. The gardener should therefore find what he is looking for among our selection of shrubs, perennials and herbs for the garden without any shady corners.

Le Bougainvillier (Bougainvillea)

Cet shrub spiny from the family of Nyctaginaceae easily climbs along a wall, a pergola or a trellis. May to November, it is covered with a profusion of colored bracts between which appear small white flowers with a yellow heart. Whether mauve, purple, pink, red, white or yellow, the Bougainvillea is a real nugget of breathtaking beauty that illuminates the natural space. You can spend hours admiring it. Its branches are easy to guide and you can easily shade the terrace with a Bougainvillea in a container. In this way, as it is not very rustic, it will be possible towinter in an unheated veranda, unless you live in a region around the Mediterranean or on the Atlantic coast.

Lavender (Washing her)

Lavenders are shrubs belonging to the family of Lamiaceae. Very fragrantthey produce for many months thousands of flowers in spikes generally of a more or less intense purple and have a greyish-green or bluish-green foliage which persists in winter. They symbolize the South, the holidays and their flowers are ideal for scenting cupboards and cupboards. If you want to take full advantage of their olfactory notes outdoors, you can border the path with lavender, which gives the garden in full sun a romantic note. These carefree plants do well in poor soil and even in pebbles. They are tough without any demands.

The Agapanthe (Agapanthus)

Unique plant of its kind Agapanthusthis herbaceous sculptural of the family of Liliaceae is here star of the gardens in full sun. It forms a large tuft of ribbon-like leaves from which emerge, from May to September, stems more than 1 m high carrying inflorescences in umbels declined in a great palette of blues. There are also agapanthus with white flowers. This perennial is a pure marvel that is best grown in a large container in a climate with marked winters in order to be able to shelter it from the frost to which it cannot resist. On the other hand, full sun and heat suit it perfectly and boost its flowering.

Rockrose (Helianthemum)

It is a perennial plant with bushy habit of the family of Cistaceaewhose name means sun flower. Depending on the species, its multiple flowers can be yellow, orange, red or pink. Easy to grow, it flowers profusely May to September when placed in full sun. In the open ground, it tolerates drought without flinching. In pots, it must be watered regularly during hot, dry summers, but it needs good drainage (pot with a perforated bottom and a bed of clay pebbles). It is used alone on the lawn, or even in rockery, in beds, on the edge or even on the south-facing terrace.

Acanthus (Acanthus)

This plant of the family of Acanthaceae is very easy to grow. It forms, from June to September, large graphic spikes proudly erect, white, purple, pink, yellow and even green, which form a beautiful harmony with the sculptural foliage. The Acanthus, of which there are about thirty species, can measure 1.20 m in height. It is an ornamental perennial from the Mediterranean basin which magnifies a garden bathed in sunlight where it does not go unnoticed!

The Oriental Poppy (Eastern Papaver)

This perennial also called Poppy of Tournefort belongs to the family of Papaveraceae. It stands out among the ideal plants to magnify a garden in full sun. This oriental can measure up to 1.20 m in height and is able to brave hot weather as well as drought. Easy to growit tolerates dry, poor soils, grows very well in stones and resists harsh winters even if temperatures flirt with -20°C.

We love his large flowers who flourish in summer before giving way to large decorative fruits that bear the seeds. We plant these mixed poppies to create a palette of colors of great beauty since they are available in apricot, white, salmon, pink, mauve, purple but also in different reds. Some varieties are even bicolor.

Yarrow (Yarrow)

There are over a hundred species of yarrow. These plants of the family of Asteraceae are either upholsterythat is bushybut all form Spectacular splashes of color in very sunny and warm gardens thanks to their abundant yellow, red, white, lilac flowering, which begins in June and extends until the end of September even in severe drought. Without any requirements, yarrows are very easy to grow, even in rocky terrain.

Le Gaura de Lindheimer (Hole Lindheimer Freefolk Rosy)

Irresistible, this variety of Gaura, from the family of Onagraceae, blooms continuously for almost six months, and more precisely from June until November. This Gaura forms a generous clump of gold variegated leaves and multiple flexible rods that carry star shaped flowers with white petals edged with bright pink. The effect is splendid, whether you install a Lindheimer Gaura in the ground or in a pot. The main thing is that it can benefit from maximum sunshine.

Garden Stonecrop (A watchable seat)

This succulent also called Sedu d’automne belongs to the family of Crassulaceae. August to October, bloom its many flowers of various colors (white, purple, pink), carried by thick and very ramified stems. The Garden Stonecrop is suitable for all gardeners, even beginners, because it does not have great requirements. It happily supports poor, dry, stony soils, just like rich, humid, clayey or calcareous soils, provided it is planted in full sun and that it benefits from sufficient drainage because it hates excess water. water.

Tree Spurge (Euphorbia characias)

This full sun plant and of terrain sec belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. It is an indestructible that grows anywhere, even in the cracks of an old wall. We love his blue-green evergreen and his greenish yellow inflorescences of great originality. The shrub Euphorbia blooms from June to September without needing special care even in the event of drought. It can even be invasive because it reseeds itself spontaneously.

The Alyssum (Alyssum)

Alyssians are plants of the family of Brassicaceae perfectly adapted to ultra-sunny dry gardens. We can combine species and varieties to create sumptuous carpet of colors thanks to their single or double flowers, golden yellow, pale yellow, purple violet, pastel pink, and their grey-green foliage. The effect is spectacular from May to the end of September. Easy to grow, alyssum is perfect for decorating low walls, edging an alley, enhancing a rockery.

Cape Town Dental (Plumbago auriculata)

Ce Plumbago du Capeof the family of Plumbaginaceae, adores the sun and the heat. It grows very fast and covers itself May to November of flowers gathered in flexible panicles of a magnificent Azure blue. It is a real delight, especially since this plant can reach 5 meters in height. It is used as a climbing shrub to cover a railing, a trellis, a wall or a fence. Be careful, outside the Mediterranean regions, the Plumbago must be planted in a pot in order to be wintered in a room where the temperature remains between 7 and 11°C.

From aromatic plants which can be planted without restraint in a very sunny garden, we find thyme, rosemary, myrtle, santolina, sage, laurel and savory. And if you don’t have a garden, just a balcony or a terrace in the middle of the sun, never mind, you can plant aromatics in a planter or pot, just like heat-loving plants and shrubs. . This is the case with Dipladenia, Trachycarpus Palm or even Blue Fescue, a very decorative grass. Combine it with a few long-flowering pelargoniums and succulents and you get a little paradise.

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