All plants have different preferences for sunlight, soil type, and water requirements which are all important for growing happy plants. While measuring sun exposure for plants is not an exact science, the definitions below are the generally accepted standards for determining sun exposure in the garden.

  • Full Sun: At least 6 hrs of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day and up to 12 hours. Many sun-loving plants enjoy more than 6 hours a day, but need regular watering to endure the heat. Superbells are one of our favorite sun-loving annuals. They come in a variety of colors and bloom all summer long.
  • Part Sun/Part Shade: These terms may be used interchangeably to mean 4-6 hours of sun each day, preferably in the morning and early afternoon. If a plant is listed as Part Shade, the plant will need some relief from the intense late afternoon sun. We recommend planting part sun/part shade plants either near a tree or on the east side of the building to provide some afternoon shade. Spiderwort features vibrant purple flowers and is easy to care for making it our favorite part sun/part shade perennial.
  • Dappled Sun: Similar to partial shade, but these plants prefer sun that makes its way through the branches of a deciduous tree. Woodland plants prefer this type of sunlight. We recommend Aquilegia (Columbine) because it displays stunning uniquely shaped blooms and thrives in a woodland setting.
  • Full Shade: Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean no sun. There are a few plants that can survive in the dark. Astilbe is a fantastic shade plant that produces brightly colored spikes of flowers that attract butterflies.

Hook’s has tons of annuals and perennials of all types to fit your gardens sunlight requirements. We also carry planters available for both sun and shade for $9.99 and up! Our annuals are available in pots for $4.59 and up and in flats for $14.99 for a full flat or $1.69 for a pack. Lastly, our perennials start at $7.99 and up. Feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff for plant recommendations to fit your garden’s needs.