Nice weather and blooming flowers on the south side of the house: summer can be so beautiful in your own garden. For the hobby gardener, however, the question arises as to which terrace plants are best suited for direct sun and drought. Fortunately, there is a large selection of flowers, perennials and ornamental grasses that like it hot and feel good even in the blazing sun on the southern terrace. We have already created a list of 10 patio plants that can withstand a lot of sun. Now we add another 15 suggestions for patio planting that can withstand heat and drought.
Terrace plants for direct sun: The steppe candle tolerates drought
The steppe candle (Latin name Eremurus robustus) is a plant that comes from Asia. It reaches a maximum height of one meter and cuts a fine figure as an eye-catcher in the middle of the flowerbed around the terrace. The plant can be particularly effectively combined with other ornamental grasses. The plant forms yellow flower buds that attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Good drainage is an absolute must, otherwise the roots will start to rot.
Floor: dry, well-drained, but nutrient-rich. You can mix potting soil with sand in a 3 to 1 ratio.
Location: in the blazing sun
Terrace plants for lots of sun: the woolen ziest
If you want to frame your sunny terrace with plants, then you need not only flowers and perennials, but also ground cover. The Wollziest is perfect, for example, as a border for a raised terrace and creates a seamless transition between the flowerbed and a lawn. The plant is popular for its gray-blue leaves. Not only do they look very effective, they also fulfill an important function and can store water. Remove any yellow leaves before they start to rot.
floor: permeable to water. Lay a drainage layer and loosen the soil before planting.
Location: direct sun
Plants for the south side of the garden: the iris gets by with little water
Would you like to surround your southern terrace with flowers? Then there is the iris or an iris hybrid. It retains moisture and nutrients in its roots and does best in sunny locations with dry soil. Therefore it is a perfect addition to the rock garden. The flower can tolerate heat and direct sun very well.
floor: clayey, dry to moderately moist (depending on the variety, permeable
Location: sunny, warm
Terrace plants for the rock garden: The sedum plant can withstand a lot of heat
Hardly any other plant is as versatile as the sedum plant. It is undemanding, easy to care for and thrives in heat and drought. Therefore, the numerous Sedum species are perfect for the rock garden. The sedum plant is a ground cover that produces small purple flowers. If you are planting a southern terrace, then it is the perfect gap filler. The sedum plant is also an option if you want to surround the terrace with plants. In the Mediterranean garden, it is planted between the stone slabs, giving the terrace and garden path a natural look.
floor: loamy, mixed with sand, absolutely dry and loosened.
Location: the sedum plant needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. A sheltered location is best suited (for example next to the house wall)
Plants for the terrace in full sun: the cardoon in the vegetable garden
For the sunny, south-facing terrace, not only flowers and perennials can be used as plants. Certain types of vegetables can also thrive in the blazing midday sun without any problems. One such vegetable is cardoon, which is related to artichokes. It makes beautiful purple flowers and is popular for its refreshing and slightly bitter taste. If you don’t cut the flowers in the fall, they will stay all winter.
floor: loosened, nutrient-rich
Location: full sun, sheltered from the wind
Terrace plants for direct sun: the scabious attracts bees to the garden
The scabious comes from Eastern Europe. Its country of origin is Macedonia, but it is also widespread as a meadow flower in neighboring countries. The flower attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Plant the flowers between ornamental grasses so that the flowers can move gently in the wind. The perfect time to plant the flower is in spring, especially after the ice saints. Since it grows quickly and magnificently, you should leave a distance of at least 60 cm between the individual plants when planting.
floor: With at least 20% sand, permeable, dry to moderately moist.
Location: full sun
Terrace plants for direct sun: The honey bush is a sun worshiper for the south side of the house
The honey bush originally comes from Africa and is considered a true exotic in the home garden. It can tolerate heat without any problems, thrives well both in the blazing sun during the day and in the evening when it is frosty. An important prerequisite for its longevity is to cover the roots with straw in winter. Thanks to such overwintering, the perennial can survive the cold season in Germany.
The honey bush is a nice addition to the exotic garden. But it is much more than just an eye-catcher. The leaves of the plant are used to make poultices and creams to treat rheumatism and wounds.
floor: emaciated soil,
Terrace plants that can withstand full sun and dry soil: the palisade milkweed
The palisade milkweed is an undemanding plant and is therefore suitable for areas that are difficult to reach. If you want to plant a raised terrace, you can combine flowerbeds and raised beds. Cut off the withered flowers of the palisade milkweed to extend the flowering period.
floor: loose, permeable, sandy
Location: The plant thrives best in the sun, but it can also grow in shady locations.
Plants for the southern terrace that defy heat and drought: the wild teasel
The wild cardoon gives the garden a natural touch. It is popular for its inflorescences, which visually resemble the flowers of the thistle. Florists dry them off and use them as green decorations for flower arrangements and bouquets. The wild cardoon can do a lot more, because it attracts birds, bees and butterflies. At the edge of a flower bed or in the desert garden, it is a real eye-catcher. The perennial is characterized by fast and vigorous growth. The hobby gardener should therefore plan a distance between plants of at least 110 cm.
floor: fresh to dry and nutritious. Good drainage is an absolute must.
Location: Locations in the sun or in partial shade prove to be optimal. However, the plant needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Terrace plants for sunny locations: the passion flower
This tropical flower does best in full sun and is ideal for patios with a pergola or trellis. The passion flower gives off a pleasant scent and attracts bumblebees and bees. In contrast to the other plants that we have already listed, this flower prefers a moderately moist to fresh soil. The hobby gardener should still make sure not to water the plant too often. Because too much water leads to root rot.
floor: moderately nutritious, fresh to moderately moist, permeable to water.
Location: A location directly in front of the house wall is best. It protects the exotic from strong winds and offers refreshing coolness in summer and warmth in winter.
Terrace plants for direct sun: the switchgrass
The switchgrass is an ornamental grass that thrives particularly well in drought and heat. The “Heavy Metal” variety is particularly popular, as the grass turns gold and wine red in autumn. The special thing about this grass is its high adaptability to weather conditions. It can withstand dry periods in the warm season as well as rainy weather in autumn and spring. So that the grass grows vigorously in summer, it is cut back a lot in spring.
floor: moderately dry to fresh. The plant cannot tolerate too much moisture. Their roots do not rot if the substrate is too moist. On the other hand, the plant will not flower at all if the level of moisture is too high.
Location: The switchgrass feels particularly comfortable in the blazing sun. She absolutely needs protection from rain and snow
Flowers for direct sun: you can use these sun worshipers to frame your terrace
Would you like a splendid bloom in the garden and on the terrace, but struggling with heat and dry soil? Below we list several flowers that are well suited for locations in the blazing sun. Perfect for the flower bed for the raised terrace. When designing, you should make sure that the flowers get at least 6 hours a day in direct sunlight. A terrace on the south side of the house is best for this, as this allows the plants to enjoy the midday and afternoon sun.
The iris: The flower is very heat-resistant, is rarely attacked by pests and is fairly easy to care for. The iris blooms for the first time in spring, and then again – in autumn.
The gladiolus feels particularly comfortable in full sun and blooms from spring to the end of summer.
The tulip: the best time to plant tulips is in autumn. The perfect location for the sun worshiper is right in the sun.
The dahlia is a Mexican beauty who also feels at home in the German garden. It tolerates heat and prolonged dry periods without any problems.
Annual plants for direct sun that you can use to border your patio
One of the greatest advantages of sun-loving annuals is that the majority of them tolerate dry soils well.
The midday gold, still called gazanie, gives the garden additional splashes of color and can withstand not only heat, but also strong winds without any problems.
The cape basket feels particularly comfortable in the full sun and blooms throughout the summer.
The poppy is a summer flower that ensures blooming in the flowerbed.
The snapdragon blooms in all the colors of the rainbow. The variety “Madame Butterfly” is particularly suitable for the sunny location.
The petunia is another choice for border of flower beds that we recommend. In particular, the “Night Sky” variety was awarded a prize.
Perennial plants for dry soils and locations in the sun
The perennial plants have a decisive advantage over the annual flowers: You do not have to replant the flowerbed every year. These plants are suitable for your flowerbed:
The yarrow prefers a loamy soil with a high proportion of sand and good drainage. It can withstand drought and heat, but like all sun worshipers it is sensitive to moisture.
The cockade flower tolerates dry soils. Remove the withered flowers regularly, as this will encourage the formation of new flowers. In autumn, the flower is severely cut back and does not form new shoots and new foliage until spring.
The torch lily, still known under the name rocket flower, feels particularly comfortable in full sun. A fresh to moderately dry soil offers the optimal conditions for their rapid growth. The exotic is hardy and can tolerate the moist soil well in winter if you lay a drainage layer made of expanded clay. Only waterlogging can damage the roots of the flower.