Answer: It sounds like you may have a wide variety of microclimates and exposures at your new home. Full sun all morning is usually enough to grow most sun loving perennials and roses, as well as being cool enough for many plants which prefer sun to partial shade, such as columbines and azaleas. Dappled woodland shade is ideal for many of the plants which prefer part shade to shade conditions. Soil type also plays a major role in plant success, so you will want to do some basic soil tests. our County Extension can help you with the tests and with interpreting the results. The plant options are nearly overwhelming when you start a new garden, so I would suggest you look at a few basic books on gardening before you make major decisions. There are several books in the "Dummies" series you might find helpful while you are at the planning stages, especially "Gardening for Dummies" by Michael MacCaskey. It covers everything from site evaluation to plant selection and ongoing maintenance. Enjoy your new home!
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