Tips to Remember Whether a Plant Prefers Sun or Shade:
In many cases a plant with variegated leaves (white and green, yellow and green, etc) or dark red leaves prefers part shade.
Thick or succulent leaves, fuzzy, silver, or gray leaves, or daisy type flowers may be an indication a plant prefers sun.
Is It Full Sun or Part Shade? To determine whether a spot is full sun or part shade – How much sun does the area get and what times of the day? In general: If the area is getting 8 hours or more of sun or is sunny from noon until sundown – full sun. If the spot is receiving less than 8 hours or only morning sun – part shade. Although plants may survive in less than ideal situations plants will be easier to care for and have fewer pest and disease problems if they are planted in areas with conditions they prefer.
Survey your property – shade, sun, part shade. Notice what parts of your yard receive sun and shade and what times of day (morning, afternoon, or all day). If a plant label says “Sun” then it should receive sun for at least 8 hours per day. Afternoon sun is most important in that case. If the plant is labelled “Shade” be sure to plant it in a shady area – filtered sunlight or less. Part sun would refer to less than 8 hours of direct sunlight. Morning sun is less harsh and so a part sun plant may be able to tolerate longer periods of morning sun.
Edibles for sun – most that produce fruit – tomatoes, melons, squash, peaches, apples
Edibles for part shade/part sun – most leafy edibles – lettuce, spinach, cilantro. Also peas