Morning sun, afternoon shade

jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)August 15, 2008

When it says a plant needs this type of light, when does afternoon shade start? LOL I have an area that gets sun until about 3 in the afternoon, then is shady the rest of the day.

I am looking over my yard to find a spot to plant a hydrangea, and up here in zone 3-4 there are many requirements in order to be successful!

Jenny P

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I would consider that spot sunny. I think afternoon shade usually means by 1:00. The sun from noon to three is very hot. But, I don't know zone 3 at all.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 6:07AM
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FYI, most hydrangeas will grow fine in full sun... you'll just need to water them much more often.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 9:07AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i like to think of it being more of a function of heat ....

morning sun.. cool ..

afternoon sun .... hot ...

all plants transpire or sweat ... they give off water ...

some plants.. give off more than they can take up in afternoon sun ... e.g. .. i have a few hosta... and they do NOT like afternoon sun ... they wont die.. they just start looking like heck in late summer ...

hydrangea.. would fall in that category ... IMHO ... as noted directly above... its all a function of your ability to give them enough water ....

good luck


    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 11:15AM
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jennypat Zone 3b NW MN(Zone 3b NW MN)

Thanks, I will keep this in mind, problem is, most of my yard is either full sun, or morning shade afternoon sun. And I travel to much, I am gone on business at lease one week a month, all year round. And at the end of July, every year, I am gone 9 days to 2 weeks.

I might have to just enjoy these in other peoples yards!

Jenny P

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 2:44PM
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