If you’re still looking for Grandma gifts for Mother’s Day, you might want to give her something more involved than gift baskets or spa certificates. How about offering to help her spruce up her garden this summer? In addition to taking over the heavy lifting and tougher tasks, you may also want to help Grandma choose the best flowers for her yard. If she lives in a sunny spot, you’ll need blooms that thrive in full sun. Here’s a list of some specimens to consider for such areas.

African Daisies

African Daisies by Rob DuvalPhoto by Rob Duval

According to The Garden Helper, these pretty blossoms love full sun but can still tolerate shade every now and then. Hairy, silvery foliage and vibrant flowers with bright centers are two of their most notable features, making them perfect as a showpiece plant for the front of a garden.


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Gardening Know How recommends daylilies as single specimens or ground covers in a sunny border garden. Although these blooms only live for a day, a mature bunch of plants can produce 200-400 blossoms throughout a month – which should be plenty!


Lavender by Randi Hausken from Bærum, NorwayPhoto by Randi Hausken

A very versatile plant, lavender is pretty, smells wonderful and is extremely hardy (as long as it’s not too wet), reports Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. It also thrives in full sunlight and well-drained soil, so don’t water it unless the ground feels dry.

Purple Coneflowers

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A favorite of bees and butterflies, these purple blooms work well as tall background plants in the garden, reports Gardening Know How. Believe it or not, they grow best in poor soil conditions, as fertile soil can result in lush foliage but less flowers.

Blanket Flowers

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According to The Garden Helper, blanket flowers are easy to grow from seed. They have daisy-like flowers in midsummer and are clumping upright plants, which makes them good for using along fences or walls.

Mojave Sage

Mojave Sage by Curtis ClarkPhoto by Curtis Clark

Good for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, Mojave sage has pink flowers that last into early fall, reports Better Homes and Gardens. They make great additions to cut flower arrangements and prefer full sun and well-drained soil.

Lamb’s Ear

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These plants have attractive, soft foliage that really look like lamb’s ears, reports Gardening Know How. They produce spikes of pink or purple flowers in the summer, and the foliage can even be used as “band-aids” to help heal wounds like bee stings. They also make good groundcovers for bare spots in the garden.