Looking for shrubs for that relentlessly sunny spot in your yard, that place where nothing can seem to grow or even live? Believe it or not, there are some shrubs that actually enjoy the direct Houston, Texas sun, and will flourish and thrive in that sunny spot. Many of them have beautiful flowers, fruit, and/or leaves. If you are looking for shrubs to plant in the direct sun of your Houston, Texas garden, try a few of the shrubs below.
Althea. If you are looking for pink, lilac, white, blue and purple flowers, try planting this shrub in your Houston, Texas garden. These shrubs love full sun, although they do fine in partial shade, too. They will bloom from June through September in your Houston, Texas garden, and are the perfect shrubs to use for a mixed border or a small landscape.
Bottlebrush. If you would like a taller shrub to plant in your sunny spot, try this one. These shrubs can grow to be fifteen feet high, and bloom with bright red flowers that look like bottle brushes (hence their name.) These shrubs can be planted in full sun and also do well in partial shade. They bloom from May through October, and will bring hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas garden. These are great shrubs for a mixed border.
Coralbean. These are fast growing shrubs that will bloom from the spring through the fall with gorgeous scarlet flowers. This shrub requires direct sun, so plant it in your Houston, Texas garden in the sunniest spot you have. This is a hard to kill plant, able to survive direct sun, drought, and temperatures below freezing. While perfect for the spots that get the most sun in your yard or garden, please be aware that its seeds are poisonous, so do not plant them where small children or pets may get into the seeds and eat them. Because these shrubs have bright red seeds, children especially may find them attractive. They are also very spiny, so wear gloves when pruning them.
Candlestick Plant. The long, spiky yellow flowers of these shrubs will look beautiful from August through October in your Houston, Texas garden. They love to be planted in full sun, but partial sun is fine too. These shrubs also have very pretty bright green leaflets. Fast growing and root hardy, these are great shrubs to use for a mixed border or small landscaping in your Houston, Texas yard.
Bush Clover. Looking for pink, purple, white and maroon flowers? Try planting these shrubs in your Houston, Texas garden. They require full sun, so plant them in your sunniest spot. These shrubs will bloom from summer through the fall, and sometimes bloom in spring, too. They are drought tolerant as well, and are great shrubs for a mixed border or to use as an accent plant, as long as they get plenty of sun.
Crimson Pygmy Barberry. These adorable shrubs have very pretty reddish-purple leaves. They will do best in full sun in your Houston, Texas garden, and are drought tolerant as well. Plant them in either the spring or fall, and expect heights of about two feet. These plants are perfect for small landscaping or to use in a hedge. They do prefer organic soil, and in addition to lots of sun they require good drainage. Be careful of their thorns.
Cream Puff Caesalpinia. The butter yellow flowers of these shrubs will attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden all summer. The pretty feathery leaves will also look nice. Plant these in full sun in your garden and expect heights of up to eight feet. This fast growing shrub is also drought tolerant, and looks great in a Houston, Texas mixed border.