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Flowering Shrubs for Sun

Sujata Iyer Dec 5, 2018
Flowering shrubs that can thrive in the sun are the best option if you live in an area that receives full and bright sunlight. They will enhance the beauty of your garden and leave a lilting fragrance around your home as well. Let us see what kind of shrubs you can experiment with.
"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get." ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
By planting some shrubs that will reward you with pretty and fragrant blossoms in the sunlight! Read to know about some nice flowering shrubs and bushes that you can use to spruce up your garden and give it the treatment it deserves.

What are Flowering Shrubs?

Shrubs are easily identifiable due to their short stature. Plants which grow up to a maximum height of 6-7 meters, on an average are called shrubs. They are taller than bushes but shorter than trees. Shrubs that bear flowers are called flowering shrubs.
They can be of different types like evergreen or deciduous. They could be tall shrubs or dwarf ones. They may need a cold climate or full sun or partial shade. Here, you will read specifically about flowering shrubs thriving in the sun, given your garden enjoys the sun's undivided attention for the greater part of the day.

Flowering Shrubs that grow in Full Sunlight

There are so many different shrubs that grow beautifully in the full sun. Given are a few of the best ones that you can plant and enjoy. Read about them and you can take your pick about which one should be adorning your garden.


The azalea, coming from the rhododendron family, needs full sun to grow. It bears beautiful flowers in spring. The azalea comes in a variety of colors that you can choose from.
For instance, Palestrina will give you white flowers, while Cornell Pink, which is one of the dwarf shrubs, will bear brilliant pink flowers. The other colors of flowers that this shrub has are orange, yellow and red. So visit your nursery and begin with the eenie-meenie-mynie-mo.

Butterfly Bush

The butterfly bush or the Buddleia Davidii, is a lovely plant that boasts of pink, white, red or purple flowers. It grows best in full sun and is one of the best flowering shrubs for gardens in the climatic zone 5. It can grow in different types of soil and moisture levels.
It is a fast growing shrub and some of its varieties can reach a height of 4-5 meters. The flowers have an adorable conical shape and have a tendency to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pruning agrees with this plant. So get out those shears when you think it could do with a little trimming.


Lilacs are a hit with all gardening maniacs, and for good reason. They look great when planted in numbers as border shrubs or even as a lone shrub. They bear pretty fragrant flowers in colors like red, pink, light purple, blue, white, etc.
It is a hardy plant and grows well in bright sunlight. Its soil requirements are fertile and well drained soil. Mulching and pruning can be carried out to further accentuate the beauty of these pretty shrubs.


The hibiscus family has more than 200 members. These shrubs have red, pink, purple, white and yellow flowers. They prefer a soil with humus and full sunlight throughout the day.
Though the flowers don't have a fragrance, they add a sense of grandeur to the garden with their bright flowers against the dark green leaves that they have. The effect is simply breathtaking!


The gardenia is one of the most beautiful evergreen flowering shrubs that requires full sun. It has pristine white flowers that look like pearls on a dark green blanket.
The gardenia shrub needs a soil pH level of 5.0-6.0 and requires watering from time to time. But all the effort is definitely worth it, because when you see the gorgeous flowers, you won't even remember how many times you had to add fertilizers or water it. Just take in its beauty and be enthralled!

Some Others

  • Camellia
  • Forsythia
  • Abelia
  • Alpine Currant
  • Indian Hawthorne
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Abbotswood Bush Cinquefoil
  • Alba Chinese Redbud
  • Apalachee Crapemyrtle Hybrid
  • Alexander MacKenzie Rose
  • Baby Blue Rabbitbrush
These were some examples of flowering shrubs that like the sun. Choose whatever you want to liven up your garden if it's withering away. All you have to do is plant them and check on them from time to time. Mother Nature will take care of the rest.