By: Liz Baessler
With its mild winters, zone 9 can be a haven for plants. Especially in gardens that receive full sun, the heat of some zone 9 summers can wither unsuspecting plants. Some other plants, on the other hand, absolutely thrive in the hot, bright sun. Plant these and your garden will stay bright and happy even in the hottest summer months. Keep reading to learn more about choosing plants and shrubs for zone 9 sun exposure.
Here are some good sun-loving zone 9 plants:
Bluebeard – Blooms with striking blue flowers in late summer and early fall. Attracts butterflies.
Butterfly Bush – Produces fragrant clusters of flowers in red, blue, white, and every shade in between.
English Lavender – Extremely fragrant and drought tolerant. Produces delicate purple flowers.
Hummingbird Mint – Fragrant. Puts up prolific, very bright spikes of flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Coneflower – Extremely popular plants, they bloom throughout the summer and fall in a wide variety of colors and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Rudbeckia – Stunning bright yellow blooms with dark brown to black eyes make this plant attractive enough, but toss in its love for sun and drought tolerance, and you have a great addition to the garden bed.
Gayfeather – A drought tolerant prairie native, it puts up beautiful spikes of purple flowers that attract butterflies.
Daylily – Tough, drought tolerant, and adaptable, it comes in a wide range of colors and bloom periods.
Mountain Marigold – Tough, drought tolerant shrubby perennial that produces a profusion of bright yellow flowers from fall through early winter.
Shasta Daisy – Produces beautiful cream-white flowers with bright yellow centers.
Russian Sage – A tough, drought tolerant plant with fragrant silver foliage and stalks of purple flowers that bloom in late summer.
Lovegrass – A Florida native that loves sandy soil and is good for erosion control.
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