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Top 10 Plants for Sun

A list of sun-loving plants for hot areas

By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and columnist

In your landscape, some portion of your yard will likely be fully exposed to the west, where the cumulative heat of the setting sun can make planting difficult. In both hot and dry, and hot and humid landscapes, a landscape designer must configure design of the yard for protection from the west. In the desert, specifically adapted plants, such as palm trees, are a natural fit. For other areas, site specific shade structures ought to be installed. Below are the top 10 plants known to thrive in hot, sunny spots. Get more ideas for landscaping sunny areas.

Top Plants for Sun


Agave americanaBlue Agave


Bougainvillea Bougainvillea hybrids


Canna indica 'Phaison'Tropicanna


Cistus purpureusOrchid Rockrose


Leucophyllum frutescensTexas Ranger


Phormium tenaxNew Zealand Flax


Lavandula stoechasSpanish Lavender


Pennisetum setaceumFountain Grass


Salvia greggiiAutumn Sage


All palms

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Maureen Gilmer
Morongo Valley, CA

Maureen "Mo" Gilmer is a landscape designer, author, and speaker about horticulture topics and landscape design.

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