When selecting the best shrubs and bushes for your garden or landscape, consider how much direct sunlight the space receives. Many shrubs, such as blueberry bushes, fruiting shrubs, butterfly bushes, roses and lilacs, love the sun and perform well in direct afternoon sunlight. Full sun is considered six or more hours of direct sunlight daily. Like other shrubs, these sun-lovers can be planted as accent plants, focal points or massed to form informal hedges. Other factors to consider when buying shrubs are their hardiness zone, soil requirements, mature height and spread, pruning and maintenance requirements, foliage or flower color, and bloom or harvest time.