Create a Sun garden

This idea lends itself to sunflowers as the centre and they come in all shapes and sizes, but any bright yellow and orange flowers would work well.  Particularly suited are those flowers that open in the sun or follow the sun as it traverses across the sky.  You could also include ‘desert’ type plants with shingle, stones and succulents (bear in mind that a lot of succulents are not frost hardy).

The flowers that open in the sun and close at night tend to do so as a survival instinct to protect them from nocturnal insects. It helps retain moisture within the plant along with protecting them against the drop in temperature during the night. 

Heliotropism is the seasonal motion of flowers or leaves in response to the direction of the sun.  Heliotropium translates as ‘sunturn’.  Renamed phototropism in the late 1800s as it was recognised that the plant responds to light levels rather than specifically following the sun. 

Suggested ‘sun opening’ plants:

Moring glory, gazania, California poppy, chickweed, rose of Sharon, magnolia (grandiflora), mesembryanthemum, purple winecup, bloodroot, sacred lotus and scarlet pimpernel.

Some flowers are perfectly suited to full sun such as:

Adenium, artemisia, Asiatic lily, bearded iris, bottlebrush, calliandra, canna, celosia, coneflowers, coreopsis, cuphea, day lilies, dianthus, delphinium, delosperma, echinacea, gaillardia, hibiscus, ixora, lantana, marigold, nasturtiums, pelargonium, pentas, peony, petunia, plumbago, portulaca, red hot poker, rudbeckia, salvia, sedum, verbena and yarrow.

Or you could include plants that are ruled by the Sun, such as:

Angelica, ash, bay, bergamot, buttercup, calamus, carnation, cedar, celandine, chamomile, chrysanthemum, eucalyptus, hazel, heliotrope, juniper, lovage, marigold, mistletoe, morning glory, oak, peony, rosemary, rowan, rue, St John’s wort, sunflower, walnut and witch hazel.

You can often find sun design plaques and hanging ornaments which can be also be added.