While most plants need sunlight to grow and thrive, many species have limits to how many rays they can handle. Exposing plants that prefer limited or moderate amounts of light to the sunniest patches of your garden will only set them up for failure – and you for disappointment. Fortunately, there are plenty of flowers that thrive in environments with full sunlight. If you’ve got a light-drenched lawn to fill, consider planting these¬†flowers that love full sunlight and watch them thrive in your garden this summer:

Zinnias
Zinnias are considered one of the best flowers for gardens situated in full sunlight. The roots of these lush, full blossoms lie in Central America and Mexico, where they thrive and grow naturally in high temperatures. Zinnias are great for trimming and using in bouquets and arrangements, since their flowers grow back quickly and they come in a variety of colors – from bright gold to pastel purple, there’s a shade of zinnias perfect for every garden.

Petunias
Another colorful, sun-loving blossom to consider is the petunia. These stunning flowers, which can grow to be up to 24 inches, prefer sunny climates with lower levels of humidity and mild rainfall. Deadheading these plants help to maximize their flowering potential.

Sunflowers and Mexican Sunflowers
Both the standard Sunflower and the Mexican Sunflower thrive in the full light. Unlike traditional sunflowers, however, Mexican sunflowers blossoms deep orange-colored petals. Although Mexican sunflowers can be planted as perennials, those who cultivate them usually treat them as annuals. The standard sunflower is considered an annual flower, therefore replanted every year allowing for adjustment in placement in the garden.

Lantana Flowers
To add a true pop of color to your space, bring in a lantana plant. These unique flowers grow in rich, creamy tones of purple, pink, red, orange and yellow, and can be cultivated in bush or tree form. Gardeners who live in climates that offer year-round heat and sun can simply grow these plants outdoors, while those working in colder environments may want to get them started in an indoor setting.

California Poppies
While these colorful flowers are native to California, you don’t have to live there to enjoy their beauty. As long as your plot is in a sunny, warm and equipped with soil that isn’t too rich nor too wet, you can grow poppies of your very own. California Poppies can be grown in shades of orange, cream, pink, cream, red and yellow.