The Best Flowers for Morning Sun

Tiger lily performs well under dappled shade and loves morning sun.
Tiger lily performs well under dappled shade and loves morning sun. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Flowers that prefer morning sun do not produce well in areas with harsh or intense afternoon sun exposure. You can protect the sensitivities of these flowers by placing them in an area conducive to their germination. Trees with a wide canopy can provide dappled shade during the afternoon and protect flowers from harsh sunlight.

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Toad Lily

The orchidlike flowers of the toad lily (Tricyrtis) enjoy morning sun and light shade. This curious-looking flowering plant is indigenous to Asia and grows up to 3 feet tall. Toad lily produces showy white flowers with crimson- or amethyst-colored spots on gently arched stems. The starfish-shaped flowers of the tiger lily bloom in late fall and spread to a width ranging from 12 to 18 inches. This native Asian plant does not like intense sunlight and prefers shady garden spots.

Senorita Rosalita

Morning sun and afternoon shade make Senorita Rosalita most happy. This cheerful cultivar in the Cleome genus of flowering plants produces showy clusters of spidery flowers in pink to lavender shades. Young transplants grow best in warm, well-drained spring soil. In ideal growing conditions, Senorita Rosalita grows up to 4 feet tall with blossoms that catch the attention of hummingbirds and butterflies. This flowering plant also has the desirable attributes of being pest resistant as well as drought and heat tolerant. Senorita Rosalita is an award winning flower and the recipient of the 2009 Mississippi Medallion Award and the Kansas State Prairie Star Award, among others.

Japanese Anemone

Morning sun and afternoon shade provide ideal lighting conditions for Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida). This herbaceous perennial joins spearworts and water crowfoots as members of the buttercup (Ranunculus) species of flowering plants. The circular blossoms of this fall blooming plant add a splash of bright color to autumn garden beds. Japanese anemone produces pink or white daisylike flowers with a diameter of nearly to 3 inches. Bright-yellow stamens form a halo around the chartreuse green disc at the flower's center. According to the Learn2Grow gardening website, medium shade in USDA zones 4 through 8 best suit Japanese anemone.


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