Sun & Shade
Different plants require different amounts of sunlight to grow and maintain their ornamental value. This important consideration is sometimes overlooked when selecting plants.
Your yard is a unique place. It contains areas that receive different amounts of sunlight based upon the placement of your house, fence, trees (both your own and the neighbors), etc.. It is critical that you match plant sun/shade requirements to the actual amount present in the exact location where you are planting. Plants that receive less than the required sunlight end up mis-shaped, don't produce blooms and are more likely to become diseased. Plants that receive more than the required sunlight will have burned leaves and will become stressed to the point of dying.
To match plant sunlight requirements, first you will need to know how many hours of sun, partial shade and full shade are present at the planting site. The easiest way to do this is to place an easily seen object (that won't blow away) in the planting area. Every hour, check the object and record the sun/shade conditions (a good weekend project). Also, note if it receives mostly morning or afternoon sun. At the end of the day you will have a record to help your initial plant selection. This information will be useful as you use the plant search function of Texas SmartScape™. Also be sure to share this information with your nursery when you actually purchase your plants.