Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)

Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)

Sand Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Sand Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)

Eastern Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)

Blueflag Iris (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

Blueflag Iris (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

Swamp Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Swamp Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Horse Mint (Monarda punctata)

Horse Mint (Monarda punctata)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Narrow-leaved Cattail Sedge (Carex squarrosa)

Narrow-leaved Cattail Sedge (Carex squarrosa)

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Sun Garden

Plants grow through photosynthesis, a process where carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using chlorophyll and light from the sun as an energy source. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct. Listed below are plants that prefer sun. (Thefreedictionary.com)

Alexanders, Golden (Zizia aurea)
Alumroot, Prairie (Heuchera richardsonii)
Anemone, Meadow (Anemone canadensis)
Angelica, Great (Angelica atropurpurea) 
Aster, Aromatic (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
Aster, Flat-top (Doellingeria umbellata) 
Aster, Flax-leaved (Ionactis linariifolius)
Aster, Heath 
(Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Aster, New England 
(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Aster, Shining (Symphyotrichon puniceum)
Aster, Side-flowering 
(Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Aster, Silky (Symphyotrichum sericeum)
Aster, Sky-blue 
(Symphyotrichum oolentangiensie)
Aster, Smooth Blue (Symphyotrichum laeve)
Aster, Stiff (Oligoneuron album)
Beardtongue, Foxglove (Penstemon digitalis)
Beardtongue, Hairy (Penstemon hirsutus)
Beardtongue, Pale (Penstemon pallidus)
Beardtongue, Smooth (Penstemon calycosus)
Bellflower, Tall (Campanulastrum americanum)
Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fistulosa)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-eyed Susan, Showy (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa)
Black-eyed Susan, Sweet (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Blazing Star, Cylindrical (Liatris cylindracea)
Blazing Star, Marsh (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star, Prairie (Liatris pycnostachya)
Blazing Star, Rough (Liatris aspera)
Blazing Star, Scaly (Liatris squarrosa)
Bluestem, Big (Andropogon gerardii)
Bluestem, Little (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Boneset, Common (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset, False (Brickellia eupatorioides)
Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)
Brome, Prairie (Bromus kalmii)
Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)
Bulrush, Hard-stemmed (Schoenoplectus acutus)
Bulrush, Red (Scirpus pendulus)
Bulrush, River
 (Schoenoplectus fluviatilis)
Bulrush, Softstem (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)
Bush Clover, Round-headed
 (Lespedeza capitata)
Bush Clover, Violet (Lespedeza violacea)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cinquefoil, Prairie (Potentilla arguta)
Cinquefoil, Shrubby (Potentilla fruticosa)
Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Coneflower, Gray-headed (Ratibida pinnata)
Coneflower, Pale Purple (Echinacea pallida)
Coneflower, Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Cord Grass, Prairie (Spartina pectinata)
Coreopsis, Prairie (Coreopsis palmata)
Coreopsis, Sand (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Coreopsis, Tall (Coreopsis tripteris)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Eastern Prickly Pear
(Opuntia humifusa)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)
Fowl Manna Grass (Glyceria striata)
Goldenrod, Broad-leaved (Solidago flexicaulis)
Goldenrod, Common Grass-leaved (Euthamia graminifolia)
Goldenrod, Early (Solidago juncea)
Goldenrod, Ohio 
(Oligoneuron ohioensis)
Goldenrod, Old-field 
(Solidago nemoralis)
Goldenrod, Riddell's (Oligoneuron riddellii)
Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa)
Goldenrod, Stiff (Oligoneuron rigidum)
Goldenrod, Swamp (Solidago patula)
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Hemlock, Water (Cicuta maculata)
Hyacinth, Wild (Camassia scilloides)
Hyssop, Purple Giant (Agastache scrophulariaefolia)
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Indigo, Cream Wild False (Baptisia leucophaea (bracteata var leucophaea))
Indigo, White Wild (Baptisia leucantha)
Iris, Blueflag (Iris virginica var. shrevei)
Ironweed, Common (Vernonia fasciculata)
Joe Pye Weed, Purple (Eupatorium (Eutrochium) purpureum)
Joe Pye Weed, Spotted (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus)
Joint Grass, Blue (Calamagrostis canadensis)
June Grass (Koeleria macrantha)
Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)
Lily, Michigan (Lilium michiganense)
Lobelia, Great Blue (Lobelia siphilitica)
Loosestrife, Winged (Lythrum alatum)
Lovegrass, Purple (Eragrostis spectabilis)
Mallow, Swamp (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Meadow Parsnip, Heart-leaved 
(Zizia aptera)
Meadow Rue, Purple (Thalictrum dasycarpum)
Meadowsweet
(Spiraea alba)
Milk Vetch, Canadian (Astragalus canadensis)
Milkweed, Common (Asclepias syriaca)
Milkweed, Swamp (Asclepias incarnata)
Milkweed, Whorled (Asclepias verticillata)
Mint, Common Mountain (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Mint, Horse (Monarda punctata)
Mint, Ohio Horse (Blephilia ciliata)
Mint, Wild (Mentha arvensis)
Mint, Wood (Blephilia hirsuta)
Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens)
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)
Onion, Nodding Wild (Allium cernuum)
Onion, Wild (Allium canadense)
Petunia, Wild (Ruellia humilis)
Phlox, Cleft (Phlox bifida)
Plantain, Common Water (Alisma subcordatum)
Prairie Clover, Purple (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie Clover, White (Dalea candida)
Praire Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Rose, Early Wild (Rosa blanda)
Rose, Illinois (Rosa setigera)
Rose, Pasture (Rosa carolina)
Rose, Swamp (Rosa palustris)
Rosin Weed (Silphium integrifolium)
Rush, Common (Juncus effusus)
Rush, Dark Green (Scirpus atrovirens)
Rush, Path (Juncus tenuis)
Rush, Torrey's (Juncus torreyi)
Sedge, Bebb's Oval (Carex bebbii)
Sedge, Bristly Cattail (Carex frankii)
Sedge, Broad-leaved Wooly (Carex pellita)
Sedge, Brown Fox (Carex vulpinoidea)
Sedge, Common Hop (Carex lupulina)
Sedge, Common Lake (Carex lacustris)
Sedge, Copper-shouldered Oval (Carex bicknellii)
Sedge, Crested Oval (Carex cristatella)
Sedge, Crowfoot Fox (Carex crus-corvi)
Sedge, Deflexed Bottlebrush (Carex retrorsa)
Sedge, Few-panicled (Carex prairea)
Sedge, Fox (Carex stipata)
Sedge, Fringed (Carex crinita)
Sedge, Green-headed Fox (Carex conjuncta)
Sedge, Hairy-leaved Lake (Carex atherodes)
Sedge, Knobbed Hop (Carex lupuliformis)
Sedge, Lance-fruited Oval (Carex scoparia)
Sedge, Long-awned Bracted (Carex gravida)
Sedge, Narrow-leaved Cattail (Carex squarrosa)
Sedge, Palm (Carex muskingumensis)
Sedge, Plains Oval (Carex brevior)
Sedge, Porcupine (Carex hystericina)
Sedge, Riverbank (Carex emoryi)
Sedge, Running Marsh (Carex sartwellii)
Sedge, Short's (Carex shortiana)
Sedge, Tussock (Carex stricta)
Sedge,Yellow Fox (Carex annectens)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
Spiderwort, Common 
(Tradescantia ohiensis)
Spikenard (Aralia racemosa)
St. Johnswort, Great (Hypericum pyramidatum (ascyron))
St. Johnswort, Spotted (Hypericum punctatum)
Starry Campion (Silene stellata)
Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa)
Stonecrop, Ditch (Penthorum sedoides)
Stonecrop, Wild (Sedum ternatum)
Sunflower, Downy (Helianthus mollis)
Sunflower, False (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Sunflower, Western (Helianthus occidentalis)
Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)
Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)
Tick Trefoil, Illinois (Desmodium illinoense)
Tick Trefoil, Showy (Desmodium canadense)
Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata)
Vervain, Hoary (Verbena stricta)
Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana)
Wild Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)
Wild Rye, Canada
 (Elymus canadensis)
Wild Senna (Cassia hebecarpa)
Wingstem (Verbesina (Actinomeris) alternifolia)
Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus)