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Shade/partial shade/full sun?

barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,816
Rooky question which I probably should know the answer to by now, when planting bedding plants some need full sun and some will take partial shade, now if a plant is in shade for part of the day but in full sun for the other part of the day is that classed as full sun or partial shade? Thanks for putting me straight on this partially shady question.


  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    I would class that a part shade, there is a magic chart I remember reading 5 hours of sun is full 🌞
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Without sounding too complicated, it's best to try and find out the plant's origins and from there you get some clues. Water amount, type of soil and amount of sun.

    Most full sun bedding should do fine with around 5 hours of sun, and I would class that as full sun. Part sun could be morning sun or very late afternoon sun in the summer time or even some dappled shade throughout the day. 
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,816
    I have zinnia, dwarf aster, cosmos and sweet sultans which I have some space in my south facing front garden but would like to put some in the back garden where there is a spot which gets full sun from midday. As for finding out where plants naturally grow I was reading a piece by Sarah Raven where she spoke about the finest display of asters that she had ever seen which were growing in India, she said that in England we shouldn't plant asters out until it is warm enough to sit in the garden in the evening without a blanket but of course in our climate it could be warm enough this week and chilly for the rest of the summer so her advice falls down there.
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