By | 29 January 2023

Texas has different climates, but they all have one thing in common – lots of sun. This means that you need to know which plants can handle heat and humidity in certain areas. Full sun plants in Texas are many and varied, so you have options.

You might look for fully sunny ground cover plants, perennials, native plants, or even Texas stars. Many annuals and tropical plants like full sun.

The best full sun plants for Texas gardens

Perennials are often an important part of the summer garden. Year after year, they go back to their roots. It is easily propagated by seed, division, or cuttings. In many cases, division will stimulate the root system of perennials. Any time the flowers seem to be dwindling or a cluster is dying in the middle, it’s time to dig up and divide the plant.

Since most perennials have a short flowering period, annuals can provide a longer season of color. Nectar-rich annuals and perennials will also attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other nectar-seeking insects. Add native Texas plants to diversify your landscape with plants that are adapted to the region, plus provide an essential habitat for birds, insects, and other wildlife to survive.

Here is the full selection of Texas sunflowers:


  • Deep pink pentagram butterfly (Pentas lanceolata)*
  • Globe marigold (Gomphrina globosa)*
  • Larkspur (Consolida ambegua)*
  • Summer snapdragon (Angelonia angustifolia) * T.
  • exas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), original*
  • Silver tidal wave and cherry petunia (Petunia x hybrid)*
  • Vinca cora series (Catharanthus roseus)*


  • Australian violet (Viola hydrangea)
  • Tradescantia pallida ‘purple heart’
  • Dwarf Mexican petunia (Rophelia bretonia)


  • Agastache (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Bearded iris (Iris germanica)
  • Belinda’s Dream Rose (Rosa x ‘Belinda’s Dream’) *
  • Bird of paradise, yellow (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
  • Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), its habitat
  • Horn plant (Agave americana), native to
  • Coral honeysuckle
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora), native
  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), native
  • Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)
  • Indian dwarf blanket (Gaillardia grandiflora), native to
  • Val Aster (Aster Oblong)
  • Garden Canna (Canna x Generalis)
  • German red carnation (Dianthus carophyllus)
  • Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare Hertum)
  • Hinkleys Columbine (Aguilegia Hinkleyana)
  • Shrub hummingbird (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii), its habitat
  • Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’, a perennial plant.
  • Knockout™ Rose (Rosa Radraz)*
  • Lavender ‘Provence’ (Lavendula x intermedia ‘Provence’)
  • Lead plant (Amorpha canescens), native
  • Perennial hibiscus known as “Lord Baltimore” (Hibiscus x ‘Lord Baltimore’)*
  • Mealycup sage (Salvia farencia), native
  • Mexican mint marigold (Tygetus lucida)
  • Lantana ‘new gold’ (Lantana camara)*
  • Oxalia (Oxalis chrysalis)
  • Oxblood Lily (Rhodophila bifida)
  • Autumn pink sage (Salvia gregii), native
  • Purple hemp (Echinacea purpurea), native to
  • Prairie Acacia (Acaciella angustisima), native
  • Rock rose (Pavonia lasioptala), native to *
  • crab plant (Justicea brandigiana)
  • Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Texas buckeye (Aesculus glabra), native
  • Yellow bells (Tacoma spots), native

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