When you buy plants, whether annual or perennial, they usually contain a label that provides the “sun” exposure preference of the plant. Today’s Master Gardening Series will cover why it’s important to know plant light requirements. Full sun, partial sun and so on!
Oh, spring came to my garden
And caught it unaware
Wearing just a few old leaves
And a dejected air.
But when spring left my garden,
Its work so deftly done,
Many, many Daffodils
Were dancing in the sun.
-Velma D. BATES.
Before you buy any plant(s) you show know where they’ll be located, and how much sun the area gets. My garden is 75% partial shade, so I will look for plants that needs are met in partial shade.
It makes no sense to me when someone buys a plant based on its appearance, and plants it where they want it to be, without checking the plants requirements? Then they wonder why it doesn’t do well? All the information is right there on the tag, read it. Also the internet is a big things these days you can find all the information you need.
Be the best gardener you can be! Take the time to find out where the”plant” needs to be instead of “where” you want it to be!
OK, I’m off my soap box! Being the passionate person I am, I truly feel my garden is my extended family, and all the plants are children I look after! I feel responsible for them, I know crazy!!!!
There’s no scientific way to measure sun,
its based on observation.
Spend time (easy to do) to observe your garden areas, look out the window every hour and notice if it’s in sun or not. It it’s in sun at 7 and the not at 2, then you know that area gets at least 7 hours of sun.
FULL SUN: is more than 6 hours of sun. But, there are plants who require more than 8 hours of sun.. These plants THRIVE in full sun, it makes them happy:-} Since they are sun loving they are also more drought tolerant. They’re the kind of people who sit out on the beach all day, and like it?
PARTIAL SUN: partial sun and partial shade are often interchange, and mean 3 – 6 hours of sun.
Partial sun: greater emphasis is put on its receiving the minimal sun requirements, so the least amount of sun for them would be 3 hours, and they do well up to 6 hours of sun.
Partial shade: plants listed as Partial Shade, the plant will need some relief from the intense late afternoon sun, either from shade provided by a nearby tree or planting it on the east side of a building. i.e.
DAPPLED SUN is similar to partial shade. It is the sun that makes its way through the branches of a deciduous tree. Woodland plants and under-plantings (under a tree or under taller plants) prefer this type of sunlight over even the limited direct exposure they would get from partial shade. Hosta, Impatients, woodland poppy, Hellebors
FULL SHADE: is less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean no sun. There aren’t many plants, except mushrooms, that can survive in the dark. ie. Soloman Seals (can grow in partial shade and deep shade, Ferns, Lamium (can take full shade or full sun)
Warming, when I’m out driving, thrifting or whatever, I have been known to stop at a house and ask them why they have their Hosta’s in full sun? (newer hostas varieties are more sun tolerant). Just saying!
Sometimes I think the kids in my neighborhood think I’m one of those “crazy”garden ladies. I am!
If you take the time to care for your plants, your plants will reward you greatly!