Lighting Requirements for Outdoor Plants
Placing plants in the proper light is the most important step to successful gardening. Without the right amount of light, your plants simply won't thrive.
4 Basic Lighting Categories for Outdoor Plants
Full sun means that your outdoor space receives 6 more hours of direct sunlight per day.
Partial sun means 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, with the most light in the afternoon. This is synonymous with "Afternoon Sun."
Partial shade means 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day - but with protection from the intense mid-day and afternoon sun. Partial shade is synonymous with "Morning Sun."
Full shade means 3 or fewer hours of direct sunlight per day. You may also see shade plants labeled for "Filtered Light." This refers to dappled shade, like what you would find under a tree canopy.
How to Determine Your Light
- If you're unsure of how much sunlight your garden gets, it's easy to figure out. Choose a sunny day to watch the spot where you want to plant. Check it every hour or two throughout the day and make note of where the sun is and how much direct light is shining on the spot.
- Once you've figured out what kind of light you're working with, our plant experts can help you choose plants that will thrive in that environment