plants in garden

When it comes to acquiring new copies for our home, we always have the same question of where to put the plants. And it is not always easy, since each and every one of them have their preferences. In addition, it will depend on the weather conditions in our area to locate them in one place or another.

To help you get out of doubt, What better than a list of the most common plants with their proper exposure? Go for it.

As it would take us more than one article to name all the plants, we have selected the most common, that is, those that can be found most often in nurseries and / or garden centers.

Plants that should be in full sun

Flower plantflower plant

Flowering plants should be placed in places where they receive a minimum of 4h / direct light per day

The plants that need more hours of direct sunlight are mainly these:

  • Those that are grown mainly for their flower: gazanias, dimorphic, daisies, bulbous plants (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc.), milkweed, buttercups, among others.
  • Trees, shrubs, and vines: practically all of them need to be in full sun. There could only be changes when the climate is not suitable, which then in the case of tropical trees should be indoors with a lot of direct light (such as mangoes or avocados in continental climate), and in the case of those species that are grown in an area where summers are too hot for it, it should be protected from direct sun (such as Japanese maples, azaleas, hydrangeas and magnolias in the Mediterranean).
  • Cactus and succulent plants: Although some succulent plants (or what is sometimes poorly known as spineless cactus) they could grow in semi-shade, ideally they have light to supply for proper development.
  • Palms: Many are the palm trees that like sunny exposures, among them we have the genera of Phoenix, Butia, Parajubaea, Cocos, Raphia, Chamaerops or Trachycarpus.
  • Seedbeds: with the seedbeds it happens a bit as in the case of trees, shrubs and vines. It will depend on the specific species to place them in one place or another. But if it is about horticultural or flower seedbeds, they always have to be in full light.

Plants for shady areas


The Aspidistra is an exceptional plant for corners with little light

If you do not know which plants to put in those areas where there is not much light, try these:

  • Herbaceous plants: aspidistra, coleus, calatea, ribbons, sanseviera or ferns.
  • Flowering plants: begonias, African violets, gerbera, orchids or anthurium.
  • Palms: those of the genus Howea, Geonoma, and Chamaedorea are ideal for those shady corners.

Finally, if you have been left with the doubt of knowing where to locate your plant, do not wait any longer and get in touch with us.