Sunny spot or shade?
Search plants by light conditions
Like their earth-bound human counterparts, not all plants are sun lovers. Some enjoy the shade, and others aren't bothered. Is your patio or corner of heaven covered? Perhaps there's sun blaring at the height of noon. Search for plants suited to every growing condition sun-loving, partial shade, shade-loving, dry-shade or damp-shade.
Sun Loving Outdoor Plants
Knowing how much sun your outdoor plants require goes a long way to planning your garden. Plants that enjoy full sun often sit within containers and can be even more susceptible to drought unless you keep them well watered, especially in hot weather. That's why it's best to choose tolerant sun-loving plants. Lavender and rosemary are attractive and heat-tolerant, with superb aromas. Consider border plants that thrive well in the full sun with little shade.
Partial Shade Outdoor Plants
For plants that enjoy the sun for a few hours and receive shade during the day, we've listed them as partial shade outdoor plants. Helleborus, Rhododendron, Pieries, Azalea, Camellia and Geranium Rozanne, all fall into this category.
Shade Loving Outdoor Plants
Plants that just don't like the blaring sun and are vulnerable to drought, usually prefer moist soil. Ferns, Brunnera, Vinca, Pachysandra terminalis, Liriope Muscari and fatsia japonica, all fall into this category.
Dry Shade Outdoor Plants
For those very particular plants, that enjoy shade and soil that's not too moist; we placed them in their own category for Dry Shade. Epimedium, Astrantia, Primula, Lamium, Tidrella, Fuchsia, and Viburnum all fall into this category.
Damp Shade Outdoor Plants
For those plants that insist on living in damp, shaded conditions (a bit like the mother-in-law) who've just got to be picky, we created a category for Damp Shade Plants. Astilbes, Hosta, and Sarcococca hookeriana fall into this category.