Sun Loving Plants to Enliven Your Garden in Summer

Sun-loving plants are those that require direct exposure to UV rays. Keep reading as we tell you more!
Sun Loving Plants to Enliven Your Garden in Summer

Last update: 22 August, 2021

Sun-loving plants have specific characteristics that take advantage of UV rays to flourish. They’re an excellent option to enliven your garden during the summer.

Although they enjoy the sun, it doesn’t mean that when the season changes you should eliminate them. Many of them are cold-hardy or just won’t bloom until summer returns. If you want to know what those sun-loving plants are, keep reading!

The sun-loving plants that’ll enliven your garden

Choose the sun-loving plants that you like the most from this selection that we’ve prepared for you. Plant them and discover how the summer sunshine makes them bloom to brighten your outdoor space.

Ageratum flower

Ageratum flower.

This is one of those sun-loving plants that enchants for its color and shape. According to some people, it’s difficult to grow. But buying it when it’s already established and in bloom is always an option.

The ageratum flower requires direct sunlight and it blooms in sky-blue, pink, and white. In addition to having charming colors, its flowers look a lot like plumes, since they have long petals and are fluffy.


Begonias are a very common plant in gardens. They’re small in size and produce a variety of colors that make you fall in love. They enjoy both the sun and the shade, and, in order to keep them bright and alive, they need to be watered regularly.

In the strong sun, you must reinforce your watering, to prevent your begonias from wilting.

Yellow alyssum

Yellow Alyssum.

The yellow alyssum is also known as the golden basket. This is because it blooms a deep yellow that appears to glow in the sun’s rays. It’s a perennial, resistant plant that requires little care.

In fact, it resists droughts well and repels pests that could lead to the death of other types of plants. Although it enjoys the sun a lot, it also enjoys the afternoon shade. So try to plant it in a spot where it can enjoy both.

Egyptian star

The Egyptian star has star-shaped flowers, hence its name. They have a light pink color that combines with a dark pink inside. To have magazine-type blooms, they must receive at least three hours of direct sunlight.

If you don’t provide this need, your flowers will have a tendency to look stretched and lifeless.

Purple coneflower

Purple coneflower.

Purple coneflower is a very “grateful” plant, as our grandmothers would say! It grows in poor or arid soils, but as long as it gets a good amount of sunlight, it’ll flourish.

Plant them in a place where they’ll receive the full sun, (for six hours or more each day). You’ll realize that this is a plant that doesn’t require much care. Even the use of fertilizers is rarely recommended.

Towards the end of summer, when its first flowers are somewhat wilted, you can prune it to a third. This will help the plant rejuvenate and you’ll almost always get a new bloom.

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Geraniums have a constant bloom and vary in their colors, often in combination. It’s a plant that needs the sun and, natural light to flourish. It requires between six and eight hours of direct sunlight a day.

Of course, you must protect them from the cold, because they tend to wilt when the weather changes.



The daisy is a traditional plant, a garden with an abundance of them evokes romance and joy. It’s an excellent option because, although it enjoys the summer climate, it can bloom all year round because it’s a perennial plant.

It stands out because its care is minimal, compared to other plants. To encourage new flowers, all you have to do is remove the faded flowers.


Lavender is another of the most popular plants, thanks to its beauty and the delicate fragrance it provides. It requires little care and a lot of sunshine. It even belongs to the group of plants that survive drought without any major problems.

In addition to obtaining these benefits, you’ll also have a plant at home that, according to plant guides, has medicinal properties. It’s antiseptic, healing, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.

Which of these sun-loving plants did you like the most?

You surely liked all of these sun-loving plants and there’s no problem with that! If you have a large garden, give yourself the luxury of planting whatever you want. Prioritize the spaces you have and plant these plants where they can get as much sunshine as possible.

Although some can live in drought conditions, don’t neglect them. Water as required and frequently remove any dried leaves and flowers. You’ll soon see how your garden will be the most envied in your neighborhood.

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