If you look out at your landscape, you’ll probably see all degrees of sun and shade. There are lots of names of these levels of light, but shade, semi-shade and sun are good descriptors for most plants.
One of the most pertinent reasons for focusing on shade levels is that it really helps locate plants in the landscape where they have the capacity to thrive. As the amount of shade is evaluated, it’s also important to identify where the shade comes from.
– is it from a nearby building or house? If so, it’s likely to be a sharp contrast between full sun and full shade
-is it from a tree? If so, a “dappled” shade pattern will appear, allowing shade adapted grasses such as tall fescue and various shade loving perennials to grow well underneath.
-is it from a building and a tree? If so, choosing plants may be more difficult and placements need to be more precise.
It’s also important to know where shade begins and ends, or where the sun reaches and where it doesn’t, and perhaps more specifically, the number of hours of each type that are received each day.
Dappled and Full Sun