Best plants for full sun — 15 choices for bright borders that burst with colour

A garden border filled with bright and colourful sun-loving plants
(Image credit: RHS / Joanna Kossak)

Plants for full sun will find happy homes in south and west-facing gardens. Sun-loving plants tend to be bright and vibrant florals who soak up rays and transform them into sensational colours and scents.

The right plant, right place principle in garden design helps avoid disappointment having plants fail on you. So buying plants specifically for their preferred conditions is a smart long-term investment.

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Melanie Hick

Melanie Hick will design a show garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2024. The “Climate-Forward Garden” will embody the core principles of MHGD, depicting a front garden re-imagined for today’s ever-changing climate. 

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Jamie Shipley

Jamie Shipley is currently a Managing Director at Hedges Direct Ltd - a position he has held since 2018 - and has a robust skill and extensive knowledge of the Horticulture and Landscaping industries.

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Fiona Jenkins

A landscaper and gardening expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Currently she works for MyJobQuote as their resident expert on all things gardening. She is highly knowledgeable and her expertise have featured in many reputable publications.

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Jane Dobbs

Responsible for leading the gardening team at Allan's Gardeners, a landscaping and garden maintenance. She has 10 years experience as a gardener.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.