Alphabetical Plant Listing

Sun or Light Needs: Definitions

What does 'Full Sun" or 'Partial Shade means?

Here are some important definitions that you need to be aware of before deciding to plant a new bed or purchase any plant.

Full Sun

At least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.


Partial Sun / Partial Shade

3 – 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. While the light requirements are the same, there is a subtle difference between these 2 notions.

  • If a plant is listed as partial sun, the emphasis is placed on the plant receiving these minimum sun requirements, preferably in the morning and early afternoon.
  • On the opposite, a plant recommended for partial shade will require some protection from the intense hot afternoon sun (nearby tree, building).


Full Shade

Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day.

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Photos: Peter Wiezoreck

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

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