The Q&A Archives: What is "Part Shade?"

Question: Can you describe to me what conditions constitute "part shade?"

Answer: There are several types of part shade, but in general it describes a place that's sheltered from full sun during mid-day. Examples include a spot that is sunny all morning but shaded after noon, and a spot that receives some sun in the morning and some in late afternoon. Part shade can also include areas under high-branched trees where the sun actually touches the ground in broken patterns throughout the day; this is sometimes called filtered, dappled, or open shade. In cool northern regions some part-sun plants grow well in full sun; conversely, in regions with hot summers even sun-loving plants may prefer part-shade conditions.

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