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Newtogardening
May 19, 2017 6:38 PM CST
I am looking for suggestions of flowering Andy non flowering plants or bushes that will thrive or grow well in the afternoon sun. We currently have some bulbs as well as one rhododendron but want to add to our flower beds in the front of our house. We would also be open to ideas of trees that won't overtake the area. Thanks for your help.
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porkpal
May 19, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Welcome to gardening and to the forum! It will really help to know where your garden is located so that folks can make appropriate suggestions for your climate.
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 6:59 PM CST
It will depend on how intense your afternoon sun is. I live in the Pacific NW and shrubs that do well on my west side are: ninebark, dwarf conifers, mock orange, dogwoods, ribes, honeysuckle. A good source of information would be your local native plant society or county website - mine has planting diagrams for specific conditions: dry sunny slope (e.g.) Most grasses would do well, and some are really impressive. Can't go wrong with a couple daylillies or hardy geraniums, plus easy care for both.
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KarenHolt
May 20, 2017 6:22 AM CST
I live in Oklahoma. We have heat. Without knowing your location, I suggest using plants that require full sun and are drought tolerant if necessary. Zinnias (they do best in full sun but will do well in morning shade and afternoon sun. I do it every year. ), gazania, foxglove, datura, celosia, honeywort, coneflower, veronica. I use all of these for my morning shade, afternoon sun.

I'm sorry. I'm blind and missed the non part of flowering. I'm thinking perhaps grasses are what you will need. Fountain grasses, Muhley, monkey grasses. It may help to look at seed and plant sites grass sections for the form of plant you have in mind. Elephant ears, bunny tails, and more. Folks will be along to help with a list ten times better than mine.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 20, 2017 7:44 AM CST
Small trees for full sun off the top of my head: serviceberry, katsura, and dwarf gingko all have multi-season interest (spring flowers or colorful leaves, gorgeous fall color), dwarf fruit trees are nice and then you get the bonus of fruit (which can be a problem if deer or bees are an issue), some Japanese maples (check with your local nursery which ones can tolerate full sun, some can others not so much), many of the twisty or narrow evergreens like full sun and can add an interesting focal point.
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