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Finding Shade Tolerant Plants

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Common household and garden plants range anywhere from full sun plants to plants that are shade tolerant. You may need a full sun plant in some parts of your yard, while other areas will need a shade plant or partial shade plant. Planting shade tolerant plants, partial shade plants and full sun plants in the right areas of your yard based on the amount of sunlight each area receives will give you a much better chance of having a vibrant and healthy garden.

Plants that are completely shade tolerant only require brief sunlight each day. Plants that you keep in planter pots on a covered patio should be shade tolerant. Another advantage to this type of planting is that the planters can be moved around as needed. Plants that are partially shade tolerant will need sun early and late in the day but have the strongest midday sun blocked by a fence, trees, covered patio or other obstruction. If you plant partial shade tolerant plants closer to your house, they will be shaded a good portion of the day but still receive moderate sunlight.

A garden that is mostly sunny will receive 5-6 hours of direct sun per day, up to eight hours for full sun. If you were to plant along the northern or southern part of your yard away from your house, the plants would need to be full sun. Plants that are shade tolerant would not do well if planted in areas that receive that much direct sunlight.

Plants that are completely shade tolerant include: summer hydrangea; numerous varieties of begonias; red sentinel; and Virginia blue bells.

Plants that are partially shade tolerant include: geraniums; violets; peonies; and clustered bellflowers.

Plants that are full sun include: English lavender; several different butterfly bushes; dahlias; and gladiolus.

Knowing how much sun your plants will receive will help you choose the best variety to thrive wherever you plant them. You can find a variety of sizes, shapes and colors of plants that are shade tolerant, partially shade tolerant or best in full sun to create a beautiful garden on your patio or in your yard.

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