West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Full shade or part shade?
My front garden in North East (more northish) facing.
What that means is that the border near my house wall gets little (1-2 hrs) mornign sun and also little (2 hrs) evening sun in summer but no sun at all in winter months. This border has gravel at present and I want to plant evergreen shrubs/perrenials here. RHS Plant selector defines shade as FULL or PART whereas a book I read from library (Plants for Shade) defines shade as Deep, Light, Dappled etc. The book says deep shade is where no light even reflected light struggles to reach e.g. between buildings, under big evergrren hedges and dark corner places in the garden. The book says that light shade is where either there is part sun or if no sun then atleast lots of reflected light, that is the area is open to sky. RHS has clear definition that Full shade is when there is no sun at all and Part shade is when tere is sun for some part of the day.
My confusion is that my garden border near north-east facing house wall is pretty open to sky and gets lot of reflected light. By no means will you look at this border and say it is dark. It gets part sun in summer but no direct sun in winter months. To use RHS plant seletor, should I treat this as FULL Shade or should I treat it as PART shade?
One answer seems obvious is that I can treat this as part shade for summer and full shade for winter; but that does not help in choosing plants. Choosing only for FULL Shade makes it a bit restricted choice. I would like to believe what the book says that I could call my border as light shade and go for plants suitbale for PART Shade.
Does anyone has the same situation and have you managed to grow shrubs that are suitable for PART shade in such border?
- 4 Jul, 2012