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20 terrace plants for direct sun, which tolerate a lot of heat and dryness

Beautiful weather and a blooming flowers on the south side of the house : so beautiful summer can be in your own garden. But for the amateur gardener, the question then arises, which patio plants are well suited for direct sun and dryness. Fortunately, there is a wide range of flowers, perennials and ornamental grasses that like it hot and feel comfortable even in the blazing sun of the southern terrace. We’ve already made a list of 10 patio plants that can tolerate lots of sun. Now we add another 15 suggestions for patio plantings that tolerate heat and drought.

Terrace plants for direct sun: the steppe candle tolerates dryness

Patio plants for direct sun that tolerate heat and drought Steppe lily

The tumbleweed (lat. 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 flower bed around the terrace. The plant can be combined with other ornamental grasses in a particularly effective way. The plant forms yellow flower buds that attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Good drainage is an absolute must, otherwise the roots will begin to rot.

Soil: dry, well-drained, but rich in nutrients. You can mix potting soil with sand in a ratio of 3 to 1.

Location: in full sun

Terrace plants for a lot of sun: the woolly zest.

Terrace plants for full sun and dry soils Woolly zest

If you want to frame their sunny terrace with plants, then you need not only flowers and perennials, but also ground cover. For example, woolly zest is perfect for edging a raised patio and creates a seamless transition between the flower bed and a lawn area. The plant is popular for its gray-blue leaves. Not only do they look very effective, but they also perform an important function and can store water. Remove all yellow leaves before they begin to rot.

Soil: water permeable. Lay a drainage layer and loosen the soil before planting.

Location: direct sun

Plants for the south side of the garden: the iris does not need much water

Terrace flowers for dry soil and direct sun iris

You want to surround your southern terrace with flowers ? Then the iris or an iris hybrid is a good choice. It stores moisture and nutrients in its roots and thrives best in sunny places with a dry soil. Therefore, it is a perfect addition to the rock garden as well. The flower can tolerate heat and direct sun very well.

Soil: loamy, dry to moderately moist (depending on variety, well-drained.

Habitat: sunny, warm

Terrace plants for the rock garden: stonecrop tolerates a lot of heat

plants terrace full sun the stonecrop is suitable for rock garden


Hardly any other plant is as versatile as the stonecrop. It is undemanding, easy to care for and thrives in heat and drought. Therefore, the numerous sedum species are perfect for rock gardens. Stonecrop is a groundcover that produces small purple flowers. If you are planting a southern patio, then it is the perfect gap filler. Also in case you want to border the terrace with plants, stonecrop comes into question. In the Mediterranean garden it is planted between the stone slabs, giving a natural look to the terrace and garden path.

Soil: loamy, mixed with sand, necessarily dry and loosened.

Location: stonecrop needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The best location is protected from the wind (for example, next to the wall of the house).

Plants for terrace in the full sun: the cardoon in the vegetable garden.

Plants for terrace in blazing sun cardoon planting in vegetable garden

For the sunny south-facing terrace, not only flowers and perennials are suitable for planting. Certain vegetables can also easily thrive in the blazing midday sun. Such a vegetable is the cardoon, which is related to artichokes. It forms beautiful purple flowers and is popular for its refreshing and slightly bitter taste. If you do not cut off the flowers in the fall, they will stay all winter.

Soil: loosened, rich in nutrients

Habitat: full sun, protected from wind

Terrace plants for direct sun: the widow flower attracts bees to the garden

Terrace plants for sunny locations widow flower attracts bee and butterflies


The widow’s-eye flower comes from Eastern Europe. Its country of origin is Macedonia, but it is also widespread in neighboring countries as a meadow flower. The flower attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Plant the flowers among ornamental grasses so the blossoms can move gently in the breeze. The perfect time to plant the flower is in the spring, just after the Ice Saints. Since it grows quickly and splendidly, leave a distance of at least 60 cm between each plant when planting.

Soil: with at least 20% sand content, well-drained, dry to moderately moist.

Position: full sun

Terrace plants for direct sun: the honeybush is a sun worshipper for the south side of the house

Terrace plants for direct sun and dry soils

Honeybush is originally from Africa and is considered a true exotic in the home garden. It can easily tolerate heat, thrives well both in the daytime in the full sun, and in frost in the evening. An important condition for its longevity is to cover the root system with straw in winter. Thanks to such wintering, the perennial can survive the cold season in Germany.

Honeybush is a beautiful addition to the exotic garden. However, 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.

Soil: emaciated soil,

Habitat: sunny

Terrace plants that tolerate full sun and dry soil: the palisade spurge

Terrace plants full sun and heat tolerate Pailsaden spurge

Palisade spurge is an undemanding plant, which makes it suitable for hard-to-reach areas. If you want to plant a raised terrace, then you can combine flower beds and raised beds. Cut off the wilted flowers of the palisade spurge to extend the flowering period.

Soil: loose, well-drained, sandy.

Location: the plant thrives best in sun, but it can also grow in off-sun locations.

Plants for the southern terrace that can withstand heat and drought: wild cardoon

Plants for southern terrace tolerate heat and dryness wild cardoon

The wild cardoon adds a natural touch to the garden. It is popular for its inflorescences, which visually resemble thistle flowers. Florists dry them and use them as green decoration for flower arrangements and bouquets. But the wild cardoon can do much more, because it attracts birds, bees and butterflies. At the edge of a flower bed or in the desert garden, it makes a real eye-catcher. The perennial is characterized by a fast and vigorous growth. The amateur gardener should therefore provide a plant distance of at least 110 cm.

Soil: fresh to dry and rich in nutrients. Good drainage is an absolute must.

Location: locations in the sun or partial shade prove to be optimal. However, the plant needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Terrace plants for sunny locations: The passion flower

Terrace plants for sunny locations Passionflower

This tropical flower thrives best in full sun and is ideal for patios with pergolas or trellises. The passion flower gives off a pleasant fragrance and attracts bumblebees and bees. Unlike the other plants we have already listed, this flower prefers moderately moist to fresh soil. However, the amateur gardener should still be careful not to water the plant too often. This is because too much water will cause root rot.

Soil: moderately nutritious, fresh to moderately moist, water-permeable.

Habitat: A location directly in front of the house wall is best. It protects the exotics from strong winds and provides refreshing coolness in summer and warmth in winter.

Terrace plants for direct sun: the switchgrass

Terrace plants for direct sun switchgrass ornamental grass care

Switchgrass is an ornamental grass that thrives especially well in drought and heat. The variety “Heavy Metal” enjoys a particularly high popularity, because in autumn the grass turns gold and wine red. What makes this grass special is its high adaptability to weather conditions. It can withstand dry periods in the warm season just as well as rainy weather in autumn and spring. In order for the grass to grow vigorously in the summer, it is cut back heavily in the spring.

Soil: moderately dry to fresh. The plant cannot tolerate too much moisture. It is true that its roots do not rot if the substrate is too moist. However, the plant will not flower at all if the level of moisture is too high.

Habitat: The switchgrass feels particularly well in the full sun. It absolutely needs protection from rain and snow

Flowers for direct sun: you can border your terrace with these sun worshippers

Flowers for direct sun bordering terrace with plants (1)

Do you want a floral display in your garden and on your patio, but are struggling with heat and dry soil? Below, we list several flowers that are well-suited for locations in full sun. Perfect for the flower bed for the raised terrace. When designing, make sure the flowers get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. A terrace on the south side of the house is best for this, as it allows the plants to enjoy the midday and afternoon sun.

The iris: The flower is very resistant to heat, is rarely attacked by pests and is quite easy to care for. The iris blooms for the first time in spring and then again – in autumn.

flowers for full sun that tolerate heat well iris (1)

Gladiolus is particularly comfortable in full sun and blooms from spring to the end of summer.

The tulip: the best time for planting tulips is in the fall. The perfect location for these sun lovers is directly in the sun.

The dahlia is a Mexican beauty, but it also feels at home in the German garden. It easily tolerates heat and extended periods of drought.

Annual plants for direct sun, with which you can border your terrace.

annual plants for direct sun to border the terrace petunia

One of the biggest advantages of sun-loving annuals is that the majority of them tolerate dry soil well.

Midday gold, still called gazania, adds splashes of color to the garden and can easily withstand not only heat but also strong winds.

The Cape Basket is especially comfortable in full sun and blooms throughout the summer.

The poppy is a summer flower that provides floral splendor in the flower bed.

Snapdragon blooms in all colors of the rainbow. The variety “Madame Butterfly” is especially suitable for a sunny location.

Petunia is another choice for edge of the flower bed, which we recommend. In particular, the variety “Night Sky” was awarded a prize.

Perennial plants for dry soils and sites in the sun

Perennial plants for dry soils and locations in the sun

Perennial plants have a distinct advantage over annual flowers: you do not have to replant the flower bed every year. These plants are suitable for your flower bed:

Yarrow prefers a loamy soil with a high sand content and good drainage. It can withstand drought and heat, but like all sunbathers, it is sensitive to moisture.

Cocklebur tolerates dry soils. Regularly remove the wilted flowers, because in this way you will encourage the formation of new flowers. Cut the flower back severely in the fall and it will not form new shoots and foliage until spring.

Torch lily, still known as rocket flower, is particularly comfortable in full sun.  A fresh to moderately dry soil provides the optimal conditions for its rapid growth. The exotic is hardy and can tolerate moist soil well in winter if you install a drainage layer of expanded clay. Only waterlogging can damage the roots of the flower.

Terrace plants for direct sun tolerate much heat and dry soils