How much sun does an area need before it is classified as a shady area?

Asked August 6, 2014, 1:17 AM EDT

How much sun does an area need before it is classified as a shady area and require shade plants? Thank you.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

Good question! It isn't just the number of hours of direct sun that count, but the morning and afternoon sunlight differ as well. Here is a link that describes how plant requirements for sunlight are defined:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/you_say_it's_partial_shade.htm

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