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Plants for Sunny and Dry Borders

Plants for Sunny and Dry Borders


A south-facing, sunny garden is an ideal location for lots of plants. Drought-tolerant plants are capable of coping with hot and dry conditions, although provided you water regularly, you needn’t be limited to drought-tolerant plants alone. Sunny borders lend themselves well to fruit and vegetable growing, prairie-style planting, sun-loving herbaceous perennials and colourful summer annuals. Why not take a look below at our top plant varieties for a sunny border!


Coping with sunny and dry borders

Plants in hot, sunny borders will have a much higher water demand than those in shady borders, so it is important to pay special attention to these areas when watering. Young plants and newly planted borders will be most susceptible so focus on these plants first. Water deeply every few days rather than giving a light sprinkle of water on a daily basis. This will encourage deeper rooting and once established, many ornamental plants will fend for themselves. However you should help them along by preparing the soil properly before planting. Incorporate lots of organic matter into your soil. This can be compost, well-rotted manure or recycled green waste. This organic matter acts as a sponge and will help your soil to retain water, as well as providing nutrients for your plants. If you have clay soil the organic matter will aid drainage and prevent the soil from drying hard and cracking on the surface. To further retain water in your beds try adding decorative mulch around your plants, such as bark chips, gravel, slate chips or pebbles.


Bulbs, corms and tubers

Bulbs, corms and tubers
for sunny and dry borders
Interesting
Features
AlliumsInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Architectural
GladiolusInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Architectural
Iris Interesting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
LiliesInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
RanunculusInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
TulipsInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Spring Flowering

Annuals

Annuals for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
AntirrhinumInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
GazaniaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
MarigoldInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
OsteospermumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
PetuniaInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
SalpiglossisInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Senecio cinerariaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
StocksInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
Sweet PeasInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
PoppiesInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering

Biennals

Biennials for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
Arctic PoppyInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Sweet WilliamInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Scented
Verbascum bombyciferumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
WallflowerInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Scented

Perennials

Perennials for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
AchilleaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
AnthemisInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Creeping PhloxInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
DianthusInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Evergreen
DelospermaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
EryngiumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - ArchitecturalInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)Interesting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
GaillardiaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
HeleniumInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
IrisInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
KniphofiaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Poppies (Papaver)Interesting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Salvia (perennial varieties)Interesting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
SedumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
VerbascumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer Flowering

Grasses

Grasses for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
Anemanthele lessonianaInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - ArchitecturalInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Autumn leaf colour or flowers
CarexInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Architectural
FestucaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Architectural
Leymus arenariusInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - ArchitecturalInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - Evergreen
PennisetumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - ArchitecturalInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
StipaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - ArchitecturalInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage

Shrubs

Shrubs for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
BerberisInteresting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Colourful berries or fruit
BuddlejaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
ChaenomelesInteresting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - Colourful berries or fruit
CistusInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Evergreen
HelianthemumInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Evergreen
HibiscusInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
LavenderInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Scented
LilacInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
RoseInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
Salvia microphyllaInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Evergreen

Trees

Trees for sunny
and dry borders
Interesting
Features
Acacia dealbata (Mimosa)Interesting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Scented
Albizia julibrissinInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive Foliage
Birch Interesting Features - Attractive bark
Cercis (Redbud) Interesting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - Autumn leaf colour or flowers
Crab AppleInteresting Features - Spring FloweringInteresting Features - Colourful berries or fruitInteresting Features - Autumn leaf colour or flowers
EucalyptusInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Attractive barkInteresting Features - Evergreen
MagnoliaInteresting Features - Spring Flowering

Climbing Plants

Climbing Plants for
sunny and dry borders
Interesting Features
Abutilon megapotamicumInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Actinidia kolomikta Interesting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - Scented
ClematisInteresting Features - Summer Flowering
Climbing Rose Interesting Features - Summer Flowering
Honeysuckle Interesting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
JasmineInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented
Passion FlowerInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Colourful berries or fruit
Solanum crispum Interesting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Colourful berries or fruitInteresting Features - Scented
WisteriaInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Scented


Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

Many fruits, vegetables and herbs need the warmth and brightness of full sun to produce a good crop. They will also need watering regularly to prevent stress and achieve their full potential.

As a general rule all fruit and nut trees need to be planted in full sun, as well as soft fruit plants such as strawberries, raspberries and other berries. See below for a selection of fruit, vegetables and herbs which are well suited to to sunny, dry conditions:



 Fruits for
full sun 
 Interesting
Features 
 Herbs for
full sun 
 Interesting
Features 
 Vegetables for
full sun 
 Interesting
Features 
FigFruits for full sunInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageChivesherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringBrussels SproutsVegetables for full sun
GrapeFruits for full sunInteresting Features - ClimberFennelherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Attractive FoliageInteresting Features - ArchitecturalCeleryVegetables for full sun
KiwiFruits for full sunInteresting Features - ClimberOreganoherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringCourgetteVegetables for full sun
RhubarbFruits for full sunRosemaryherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - EvergreenFrench beansVegetables for full sun
  Russian Tarragonherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringGarlicVegetables for full sunInteresting Features - Drought Tolerant
  Sageherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - EvergreenInteresting Features - Drought TolerantLeeksVegetables for full sun
  Thymeherbs for full sunInteresting Features - Summer FloweringInteresting Features - Drought TolerantInteresting Features - EvergreenOnionsVegetables for full sun
    PepperVegetables for full sun
    PumpkinVegetables for full sun
    SquashVegetables for full sun
    SweetcornVegetables for full sun
    TomatoesVegetables for full sun




Fruits, vegetables and herbs for sunny, dry borders - Interesting Features - Drought-tolerant, evergreen, attractive foliage, summer flowers, climber