The amount of light that reaches an area is called Exposure.In general, full sun is defined as 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. With that said, it is important to discuss to subtleties of sunlight. The morning sun is weaker than the hot afternoon sun. Therefore, a full sun plant can do quite well in an area that only receives afternoon sun, but may suffer if it only gets morning sun.
Part sun or part shade is usually defined as 4-6 hours of sunlight. It could also be an area that does not receive full direct sun, but is still bright and well lit.
Shade or Full Shade is an area that recieves less than 4 hours of direct sunlight per day
Sun loving plants in the shade may stretch and may not be as vigorous in that location. Likewise a shade plant in the full sun may crisp and burn. If in doubt, follow the mantra - 'The Right Plant In The Right Place'
To choose the right plant, research your purchase online and check the plant tags when in store. Or, consider our Garden Coach or Landscape Design Service and we'll help you take away the guesswork.
For more information about sun and shade, call us at 604.882.1201 or visit Art's Nursery in person.