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Choosing the Right Spot for Your Plants by Stuart Cameron

When it’s time to choose the right spot to place your plants, consider where the sunniest and shadiest areas of your garden are. The sun moves through your garden from morning to the end of the day, make a note of these places. This will help you choose the type of plants that will do well there.

Sometimes, it’s trial & error where to put your plants (those that have flowers or ones that don’t flower. Try observing the sunny and shady places throughout the day on your property. Now you know where to place those plants that love the sun and those that enjoy half sun & finally ones for the shadiest part of your garden.

Consider the other factors, the climate you live in, that will tell you what will or will not grow there. Find out your Plant Hardiness Growing Zone from Zone -1 all the way up to Zone-12,13. The coolest being Zone-1 to moderate Zone-5 to 9, hot Zones-10 to Zones-12,13. Knowing this, will assist you when buying your plants.

Growing Zones by Country

  • Canada 0 to 8

  • USA 1 to 13

  • Australia 7 to 12

  • UK 8 to 10

  • EU 3 to 10

I have mentioned growing zones, which are important. Then within the growing zone you must decide also, where these plants will best be placed, like sun, partial sun, or in shade.

Shade Plants: Echinacea, cone flower, Hardy Hibiscus, Sedum, Alvia, Juniper, Sweet Caroline Ipomoea

Partial Sun Plants: ornamental grasses, Black eyed Susan, Peony, Geranium, Daylilies, Yarrow, Lamium, Astilbe, Heuchera.

Shade Plants: Hosta, Ligularia, Viola, Astilbe, Epimedium, Ferns, Lenten Rose, Foamflower.

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