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Shrubs Growing In Full Sunlight

Rajib Singha Nov 30, 2018
If you own a large garden, and reside in a tropical area then you may not agree more in bringing some shrubs that do well in full sun. Know about some popular shrubs for full sun by reading hereon.
There are several varieties of shrubs to choose from if you own a garden that receives sunlight for most part of the day. According to the type of growing zone and gardening location, you can narrow down your search for the best shrubs for full sun.
Sun-loving shrubs require a daily exposure of sunlight for about 4 - 5 hours, while some species can withstand sunlight all day long. Some shrubs also prefer a bit of afternoon shade during the summer months. Get brief insights into some popular sun-tolerant shrubs from the following section.

Shrubs that Like Lots of Sunshine

Navaho Thornless Blackberry

Inviting onlookers with its mouth-watering treat of juicy sweet-berries, Navaho Thornless Blackberry is a good choice for a garden receiving full sun most part of the day. It prefers low to average supply of water and is also heat, insect and drought-resistant.

Black Knight Butterfly Bush

Deriving its name from its penchant to attract butterflies, the Black Knight Butterfly Bush has a blooming period which ranges from summer to early autumn. The most striking feature of this shrub is its graceful trusses smothered with dark purple flowers. It is drought tolerant, and deer, disease and insect-resistant as well.

Emerald Green Arborvitae

The Emerald-Green Arborvitae features attractive dark green foliage, and grows in a dense, and erect manner. It is mostly used as evergreen privacy screens, natural hedges and the like. This evergreen shrub requires full sun exposure, and welcomes a little shade too.

Global Dwarf Cryptomeria

Bearing soft-textured, fur-like foliage, this plant can be used to accentuate entryways. It also requires low water supply, and full sun exposure or partial shade. It enjoys well drained, and moderately drained soil too. Blessed with rich green branches, the shrub does not need any kind of pruning to maintain its compactness.

Crimson Pygmy Barberry

This shrub is popular for its mesmerizing appearance of burgundy-red foliage showing off throughout the season.
Red berries and small yellow flowers, although invisible, show up as a part of the barberry. Being heat tolerant it is able to bear full sun exposure.

Abelia 'Edward Goucher'

This shrub gets laden with lavender-pink flowers, and prefer full sun or partial shade. It is drought-tolerant as it thrives with low water requirement after having established itself. The plant will keep adding to the beauty of your sunny landscape design right from summer through fall.

Snowball Viburnum Bush

True to its name, the snowball bush puts up a dazzling show of bright white flowers so big and round that one can easily take them to be cotton candies. And imagine 100 of them in a single bush! The time from mid spring to early summer, these flowers bloom, and offer a treat to the eyes of onlookers.
When autumn comes, the lush green foliage of the shrub takes on a veil of red or purple tinge, making it all the more splendid to watch and admire. Suitable for different landscape designs, the snowball shrub thrives in full to partial sun exposure, and bears berries in the fall. So don't be surprised if some guests from the wild pay a visit to your garden.

Southern Indica Azaleas

People love it for its multiple bloom colors of white, pink, purple, white/purple, and clusters of large flowers. The Southern Indica azaleas thrives on low water, and under full sun and afternoon shade.

August Beauty Gardenia

As beautiful as its name, the August Beauty Gardenia is characterized by its blend of double white blooms with its deep blue-green foliage. Well-suited for sitting areas, its bloom time occurs in late spring, and it requires full sun or partial shade.

Rosy Glow Barberry

With purplish-red foliage, the barberry 'rosy glow' is extremely heat tolerant, and exhibits a brilliant rosy-pink growth throughout the season. This shrub requires less of water, and is drought-tolerant too. Good for landscape beds, islands and foundation plantings, the rosy glow is a low maintenance shrub to thrive in full sun.

Little Richard Abelia

This kind of shrub requires full sun to almost full shade. The shrub, once established, has low-water requirement, and has a bloom time that can last up to 9 months. Accompanied by creamy white, fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, it is drought tolerant. The shrub's green foliage takes on the shade of a brilliant bronze and copper when fall approaches.

Honeysuckle Bush

Forming many branches from the base, and covered in fine green leaves all summer long, the honeysuckle bush bears small flowers in January in the South, and a little later in the North. When kept in the path of a blowing breeze, it fills the air with its aromatic lemon-like fragrance.

Arp Rosemary

If you are looking for flowery evergreen shrubs that can be grown in full sun, then the Arp Rosemary might be a good selection.
Apart from having fragrant foliage, it offers its leaves to be used as culinary flavoring, toiletries, and sachets. Not only this, its needle-like leaves also find application in cooking for stews, herbal butters, meats, vinegar, fish, etc.

Banana Shrub

With low to average water requirement, the Banana Shrub displays beautiful cream-colored, one-inch flowers in the spring. These flowers fill the atmosphere with a fragrance similar to that of ripe bananas thus, the name.
The shrub keeps on blooming throughout the summer in an unpredictable and irregular pattern. The shrub is evergreen, and is jeweled with glossy, deep green foliage. The foliage is long enough to present a great backdrop for other plants in the garden. Once established, the shrub becomes drought tolerant.

Carissa Holly

Stiff, oval pointed dark green and shiny leaves are the characteristic features of shrub. If spaced properly, you can save some time for other things rather than pruning it. It also thrives in shade, and is mostly insect and disease resistant.

Some More Sun Loving Shrubs

  • Berkman's Golden Arborvitae
  • Boxwood 'Wintergreen' (Korean Boxwood)
  • Barberry 'Crimson Pygmy'
  • Barberry 'Golden'
  • Bar Harbor Juniper
  • Blue Pacific Juniper
  • Blue Point Juniper
  • Blue Rug Juniper
  • Burning Bush (Dwarf Winged Euonymus)
  • 'Callisto' Indian Hawthorn - Raphio
  • Compacta Holly (Japanese Holly)
  • Cleyera Japonica (Japanese Cleyera)
  • 'Canyon Creek' Abelia
  • Coral Drift Rose
  • Crape Myrtle 'Tonto' (Fauriei Hybrid)
  • Creeping Gardenia (Dwarf)
  • Cryptomeria 'Globosa Nana' (Dwarf C)
  • Cryptomeria "Dwarf Global'
  • Crape Myrtle 'Acoma' (Fauriei Hybrid)
  • Cotoneaster 'Scarlet Leader'
  • Daisy Gardenia - Kleim's Hardy Gard
  • Dwarf Crape Myrtles
  • Euonymus 'Golden'
  • Frost Proof Gardenia
  • Forsythia 'Yellow Bell's'
  • Green Sargent Juniper
  • Golden Euonymus
  • Gold Lace Juniper
  • Green Mound Juniper
  • Grey Owl Juniper
  • Gold Mound Spirea
  • Globe Arborvitae
  • Holly - Dwarf Yaupon 'Bordeaux'
  • Holly 'Dwarf Burfordi'
  • Holly 'Soft Touch'
  • Holly 'Nelli Stephens'
  • Holly 'Weeping Yaupon'
  • Hetzi Columnar Juniper
  • Loropetalum 'Emerald Snow'
  • Loropetalum 'Ever Red Sunset'
  • Lantana 'Miss Huff's Hardy'
  • Little Princess Spirea
  • Lantana 'Pink Caprice'
  • Loropetalum 'Plum Delight'
  • Ligustrum 'Jack Frost'
  • Loropetalum 'Purple Pixie'
  • Ligustrum 'Recurve' (Wavy Leaf)
  • Magnolia 'Ann' (Tulip Tree)
  • Mary Nell Holly
  • Nandina 'Compacta'
  • Pink Caprice Lantana
  • Parson's Juniper
  • Pittosporum 'Variegated'
  • Raspberry 'Dorman Red'
  • Rose 'Knockout'
  • Rabbit Eye Blueberries
  • Red Tropical Hibiscus
  • Russian Sage
  • Rose 'Chinese Butterfly'
  • Rose 'Lady Banks'
  • Sonset Lantana
  • Seagreen Juniper
  • Tea Olive
  • Upright Yew
  • Weeping Yaupon Holly
  • White Profusion Butterfly Bush
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Yeddo Indian Hawthorn
  • Yucca 'Adams Needle'
So there you are with some brief info on some popular and desirable shrubs that fancy growing in the full sun. Before you narrow down your search to the shrub you wish to bring home, abreast yourself with its important growth features, and basic requirements.
Get all such information from a plant dealer or even better, a botanist, so that you bring home a plant worth your time and investment.