Plants That Do Well in Direct Sun and Plants That Don’t

July 22, 2019

Growing plants can be a tricky business. They all need sunlight—but some will do better than others when exposed to direct sun for long periods. Knowing which plants are more tolerant to the sun and which plants can thrive in the shade will help you to maximize your garden’s potential. If you know which plans can handle the heat, you can plant your sun-loving plants in direct sunlight and watch them thrive. Utah is known for its dry heat. Being a desert, Utah’s climate means hot summers up to 100+ degrees F and a lot of dryness. This climate should be taken into account if you are planning on gardening here. The dry air and lack of humidity can make it tough for many plants to grow to their full potential while others may do well with the dryness. Usually, in Utah, plants that are drought tolerant do best. 

The plants listed below do well with sun exposure. When it comes to full sun, it’s usually better to stick with native plantings. Plants that are suited to your area and climate will be more likely to grow and thrive. Plants that are accustomed to Utah’s soil type, light, and humidity are much more likely to be successful. 

Full Sun Plants 

  • Rosemary
  • Shasta daisy
  • Russian sage
  • Yarrow
  • Coreopsis
  • Purple coneflower
  • Blanket flower
  • Lamb’s ear
  • Aster
  • Bee balm
  • Lavender
  • Butterfly weed
  • Sedum
  • Verbena
  • Daylily
  • Miniature roses
  • Artemisia
  • Hibiscus
  • Salvia
  • Moss rose
  • Coleus
  • Marigold
  • Geranium
  • Zinnia
  • Sunflower
  • Petunia 

Plants for the Shade

  • Hydrangeas
  • Lady ferns
  • Astilbe 
  • Burning hearts
  • Dogwood
  • Foamflower
  • Begonias
  • Hellebore
  • Toad lily
  • Caladium
  • Lily of the valley
  • Myrtle
  • Hosta
  • Heuchera
  • Acting Shady
  • Dutchman’s pipe
  • Impatiens
  • Coleus
  • Pulmonaria

Plant some of these plants in the optimal spots for growth and watch them flourish. With proper care and some time, you’ll be rewarded with blooming flowers and foliage. Don’t let Utah’s hot and dry summers deter you from having a flourishing and thriving garden. 

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