Not Sure How Much Sunlight Your Planting Area Receives?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to understand your site and determine if your partial shade area will support a wildflower meadow. These simple observations can go a long way in determining your success.
- How much is currently growing in the area you're thinking of planting?
This is a good indicator that can help determine if your wildflower planting will be successful or not. Ideally, we want to see existing growth in the area you are thinking about planting. Existing growth tells us two important things; you are getting enough sun and the soil conditions will work. If the area currently supports growth, such as weeds or grasses, that is a good sign that your wildflowers should grow and thrive there as well.
On the other hand, if the area you want to plant has very limited growth, with lots of bare spots, that is a pretty good sign that this area might not be a good choice for starting a wildflower planting. This would indicate that that area is probably getting less than the 3-4 hours of sun needed to successfully grow and establish a wildflower meadow.
- Are plants growing in your ‘partially shaded’ area also found on sunny parts of your property?
If this is the case, you are probably getting more sun than you realize, and wildflowers would thrive very well.
However, if you see the landscape drastically change from grasses and weeds in the sunny areas to damp soil, ferns, and/or plants that are found only in your partially shaded areas, that is usually a sign that it might be too shady.