Full sun

Gardeners' World - - Right Plant, Right Place -

This is some­thing that ev­ery gar­dener seems to crave, and a south-fac­ing gar­den is con­sid­ered a big as­set. How­ever, if you have a sun trap, then your soil will dry out very eas­ily, es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer. While this is the per­fect opportunity to cre­ate a Mediter­ranean par­adise, or a gravel gar­den full of drought-tol­er­ant plants, other plants will find the con­di­tions very tough.


These shrubs will grow in so many sit­u­a­tions, but they es­pe­cially en­joy a sunny site. Dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of­fer flow­ers in a range of colours, from white to pink to deep pur­ple. They flower through­out the sum­mer and are a mag­net for but­ter­flies. There are dwarf va­ri­eties too, if you’re short on space.

Red-hot pok­ers

These are per­fect for a sunny spot, adding ver­ti­cal drama from June to Septem­ber. Also known as kniphofias, they come in a wide choice of colours, from fiery orange to lemon yel­low, and even pale green.


These ever­green peren­ni­als love sunny, well-drained con­di­tions. I use them not only for their hooded flow­ers, but for the seed­heads that pro­vide struc­ture through­out win­ter.

Bud­dleias Phlomis Red-hot pok­ers

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