Monday, June 14, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

At a recent trip to Meijer J and I found some SunSticks on clearance ($2.24 vs. $8.99). We each grabbed a pack so we could measure our sunlight at our respective houses.  Each package comes with three single-use SunSticks so you can test the sunlight in different areas of your garden, lawn, deck, window box, container plantings or hanging baskets.  The package indicates that you should use them between April 1 and September 1 since they are most accurate during the growing season. I finally got a chance to test them this week when we had a sunny day. 

IMG_3565They took roughly a minute to assemble and place around the yard…you can’t get any easier than that! 

  1. Remove SunDisk from backing and attach to the center of the flower top.


  2. Attach flower to stem.


  3. Place stem in the garden before 9:00am on a sunny day.


  4. Return after at least eight hours and compare the colors of SunDisk to the color chart.

IMG_3575The center of the SunStick flower top changes color in response to how much sunlight shines on it during the day. After one day of testing, simply match the center color with the Sunlight Color Chart (included in each package), and in a snap determine your sunlight level. I placed one in each of the flowerbeds I wanted to test – the new bed along the fence (1), the front right bed (3) and the bed along the West side of the house (2).  I was surprised by numbers 2 and 3 – I thought the front flowerbed was part shade and the side flowerbed was part sun!  That would definitely explain why a couple of the flowers I have planted aren’t doing so well in those places.  I’ll have to move them so they thrive.  

Here are some popular plants and their sunlight requirements:


  • Fern
  • Hosta
  • Waxbells
  • Liriope
  • Trillium
  • Primrose

Part Shade

  • Coleus
  • Begonia
  • Hosta
  • Fern
  • Astilbe
  • Bleeding Heart

Part Sun

  • Alyssum
  • Daylily
  • Astilbe
  • Iris
  • Poppy
  • Phlox

Full Sun

  • Veggies
  • Alyssum
  • Rose
  • Peony
  • Catmint
  • Coneflowers

What sunlight does your yard get?  Has anyone else tested their sunlight using a fun tool like the SunStick?

1 comment:

  1. These are so cool! I know what my yard gets because I'm home during the day, but this is a such a fun way to make sure you;ve got it right :)


Thanks for stopping by!