Top 5 Plants for Sun
Make planning your garden or landscape much easier by choosing from our list of the top 5 plants for sun from the Southern Living Plant Collection.
1. Purple Pixie - with its dwarf size and weeping habit, Purple Pixie is just the plant we’ve been crying for. Use as a groundcover, hanging basket, or a window box. The showy pink flowers combined with rich purple foliage will move you to tears. It grows only 1 to 2 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. Plant in USDA Zones 7 -10 in full sun to part shade.
2. Jubilation Gardenia - who can resist the sweet southern scent of gardenias? Jubilation is a compact shrub growing between 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Enjoy the fragrant white blooms in the spring and a reblooming period through summer and into fall. Plant Jubilation in USDA zones 7-10, water as needed and shape after spring bloom.
3. Early Bird Crapemyrtle - this early blooming crapemyrtle begins blooming in May, often as early as Mother’s Day and much earlier than other June-July blooming crapemyrtles. Early Bird re-blooms in your choice of lavender, white or purple for 100-120 days of color. Plant Early Bird crapemyrtle in USDA Zones 7 - 10 in full sun to part shade and fertilize early spring.
4. Majesty Shrub Rose - the disease-resistant Majesty Shrub Rose produces velvety, deep-red, semi-double blooms and reblooms spring until fall. Majesty works well as as an accent plant, hedge, container or mass planting. Plant in USDA Zones 5 - 11. Deadhead during growing season; prune in early spring when shoots begin to emerge
5. Oleander Twist of Pink - this exciting, new Twist of Pink Variegated Oleander is heat, wind and salt tolerant and produce beautiful deep pink flowers centered in creamy white variegated foliage. Plant this shrub in USDA Zones 8 - 10 in full sun. Twist of Pink is the perfect accent for aggressive climates.