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Morning sun, afternoon shade

Posted by jennypat Zone 3b NW MN (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 15, 08 at 18:58

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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RE: Morning sun, afternoon shade

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.

RE: Morning sun, afternoon shade

FYI, most hydrangeas will grow fine in full sun... you'll just need to water them much more often.

RE: Morning sun, afternoon shade

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


RE: Morning sun, afternoon shade

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

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