A yard full of bright sunlight is a gardener’s dream. The variety of plants, trees and flowers that thrive in full sun is much greater than those that prefer shade. Prior to making any plans to plant, then draw your lawn to scale. Rough from the full-grown sizes of the plants. Your lawn may look sparse once the 1-gallon plants have been planted 5 feet apart, so fill in with annuals till the opposite plants get growing. Keep in mind that since your trees and bushes grow, they may shade some of the additional plants, turning your full sun yard to sunlight in certain locations.


No landscape would be complete with no trees and nearly all need sunlight. The exclusion would be tropical trees requiring afternoon shade. Select trees that fit the size of your lawn and purpose. As an instance, southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) grow up to 80 feet tall and 160 feet wide and would dwarf a small lawn. Mediterranean cypress trees (Cupressus sempervirens) have an erect columnar growth layout and wouldn’t offer much shade. Fruit trees, like citrus, provide food in addition to shade. Ornamental trees, like Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), add shade and a focus.


Perennials bloom little, if at all, the first two decades but hit their stride in the third year. Mild winters in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10 enable the gardener to grow frost-tender perennials like lantana (Lantana camera) and geraniums all year long. Sun-loving perennials also include roses (rosa), coreopsis and Russian sage (Perovskia).


Echo the sun in your sunny yard by planting a garden of sunflowers, from dwarfs just two feet high to giants that top 10 feet. Annuals live for one season, though some skilled self-seeders like sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritime) and larkspur (Delphinium consolida) reappear every year. Annuals are cheap if you buy seed or six-packs. Fill in your perennial beds using annuals for your first few decades.

Water Garden

Flowering water plants like water lilies (Nymphaea) and iris (Iris ensata) need six hours of sun every day. If they get less, they will still grow, but you are going to see diminished blossoming. Depth is vital using a water garden as well, as shallow water heats up quicker than water. Maintain the roots of your plants cool and fish from the pond as well with a deeper pond.

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