Light Tolerance for Perennials

As with any plant, light tolerance is different between plants. Some can withstand full sun and others cannot. Some are even fine in either, but it will affect their appearance and growth habit. Check the following table for light tolerance of  different perennials:

PLANT NAME   FULL SUN      PART SUN   PART SHADE    FULL SHADE  
 Achillea (Yarrow)  x      
Aconitum (Monkshood)  x    
Aegopodium (Goutweed, Snow-on-the-Mountain)     x
Ajuga (Bugleweed)     x  
Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle)  x      
Allium (Ornatmental Onion)  x    
Anemone   x  
Anthemis (Marguerite)  x      
Aquilegia (Columbine)  x    
Arabis (Rock Cress)  x    
Arctostaphylos (Kinnikinick, Bearberry)  x    
Arenaria (Sandwort)  x      
Armeria (Thrift)  x    
Artemisia (Silver Mound)  x  
Aruncus (Goat's Beard)        
Asarum (Ginger)    x    
Aster  x      
Astilbe  
Auberita (Rock Cress)    x  
Aurinia (Basket of Gold)  x      
Baptisia (False Indigo)  x    
Bergenia (Elephant Ears, Pig Squeak)   x
 Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss)     x x
Campanula (Bellflower)     
 Catanache (Cupid's Dart)      
Centaurea (Bachelor's Button)       
 Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)      
 Chelone (Turtlehead)    
 Chrysanthemum (Garden Mum)      
 Cimicifuga (Snakeroot, Bugbane)    
Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)    
Coreopsis (Tickseed)      
 Delosperma (Ice Plant)    
 Delphinium      
Dianthus (Carnation, Pinks)      
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)  
Digitalis (Foxglove)    
Doronicum (Leopard's Bane)    
Echinacea (Coneflower) x      
Echinops (Globe Thistle)      
Epimedium (Bishop's Hat)    
Eryngium (Sea Holly)      
 Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)    
Euphorbia (Cushion Spurge)     
 Fillipendula (Meadowsweet)    
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)       
Galium (Sweet Woodruff)   
Gentiana (Gentian)     
Geranium (Cranesbill)     
 Geum (Avens)      
 Glechoma (Creeping Charlie)  
 Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)      
Helenium (Sneezeweed)      
Helianthus (Sunflower)      
Heliopsis (False Sunflower)       
Hemerocallis (Daylily)   
Heuchera (Coral Bells)    x
Hosta     
 Iberis (Candytuft)    
Iris     
Lamiastrum (Archangel)     
Lamium (Nettle)     
Lathyrus (Sweet Pea)       
Leontopodium (Edelweiss)       
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)     
Lewisia     
Liatris (Blazing Star, Gayfeather)      
Ligularia (Golden Ray)   
Lilium (Lily)       
 Limonium (Sea Lavender)      
Linum (Flax)       
Lupinus (Lupine)     
Lychnis (Maltese Cross, Campion) x      
Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny, Loosestrife)     
Monarda (Bee Balm)       
Nepeta (Catmint)      
Oenothera (Sundrops)       
Paeonia (Peony)     
Papaver (Poppy)       
Penstemon (Beard-tongue)      
Perovskia (Russian Sage)       
Persicaria (Fleeceflower)     
Phlox       
Physalis (Chinese Lantern)       
Platycodon (Balloon Flower)     
Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder)       
Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal)     
Primula (Primrose)  x    
Pulmonaria (Lungwort)     
Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower)  
Rodgersia      
Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan)      
Sagina (Moss)    
Salvia      
Saponaria (Soapwort) x      
Saxifraga (Rockfoil)    
Sedum      
Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks)      
Solidago (Goldenrod)      
Stachys (Lamb's Ear)    
Tanacetum (Painted Daisy)      
Thymus (Thyme)    
Tiarella (Foamflower)    
Tradescantia (Spiderwort)    
Trollius (Globe Flower)    
Veronica (Speedwell)      
Vinca (Periwinkle)  
Yucca (Adam's Needle) x      
         

 Light tolerance of some plants may vary depending on the specific variety. For example, Hostas are generally used for shade to full shade gardens, but the variety 'Sun Power' is more tolerant to sun and can be placed in a sunnier location (though not full sun). Research or come check with us for information on specific varieties.