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.