green.queen
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Late afternoon sun plants Zone 5

I have many areas that get sun from noon till 5. What plants in zone 5 would you suggest with those sun requirements?

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Re: Late afternoon sun plants

It is a difficult exposure. Not quite enough sun for some of the full sun lovers (though if the sun gets there a noon, you are pretty close), too much hot afternoon sun for the part shade types.

Here's one thread where this question was discussed:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... hp?t=16544

If you use the search, there are others.

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Re: Late afternoon sun plants Zone 5

What's the light level before noon & after 5pm?
That could make a big difference.

Also, there's more to climate than a gardening zone. What's a loved flower in one state zone 5, could be a hated plant in another state in the same gardening zone. :/

I have stuff that supposedly needs "full sun" but seems to be doing just fine with just a couple of hours of direct sun... but is rather bright for more time of the day either because it's getting dappled sun on either end, or because it's just a bright area most of the day even though it's not getting direct sun the whole time.
So there's a difference between heavy shade and light shade.

Sedum comes to mind as a reliable & unfussy plant!
I have at least 3 different kinds growing in 7 different flowerbeds all with very very different sun exposures, and with somewhat different soil situations. One even grows where it only gets about an hour of early morning sun, and then is in house-shade the rest of the day. Another of the same type is growing where it gets direct sun from noon until nearly sunset.
They all seem to be happy with their situation here in PA, at least.
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Re: Late afternoon sun plants Zone 5

Zinnias are easy to grow and come in all heights, colors and flower types.
A nice combination is the lime green and pink. Then there's the Profusion variety that live up to their name with blooms everywhere. This plant is shorter, has a full shape and blooms can be found in yellows, red, white, orange, single or double, plus is not prone to powdery mildew

Gladiolas bulbs would create a showy space.

Geraniums love Sun, too, as do petunias. For height add some Victoia Salvia (an annual).

I'm thinking all annuals here for continual color, and ease to grow. Zinnias can even be started by seed in the garden.Happy planting :D

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Re: Late afternoon sun plants Zone 5

green.queen wrote:I have many areas that get sun from noon till 5. What plants in zone 5 would you suggest with those sun requirements?
Sorry for my previous post. I just looked at subject and not that it was in the perennial category. :oops:

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