Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:46
My understanding of the Sun/shade label is that plants will do best in sun, but will tolerate some shade for example afternoon or morning sun. But not in shade constantly.
Camillias for example are native of deciduous woodland areas, and that they flower in the spring before the leaf canopy above is at its thickest. They or rather their flower buds and flowers do not like the morning sun on them, so should be planted or placed on the side of the plot that gets the afternoon sun, and will be shaded in the morning.
Its coldest just before dawn, and any frost is more likely to be apparent and form then, so the frost tender blooms will be most damaged at that end of the day.
Sorry if this confuses things ripply, your right it's a good idea to test both your native soil and the stuff brought in.
Gardening isn't really too hard once you know where the plant you want would like to be planted. For us, if you like holidaying in the sunshine you go somewhere hot, but may like an umbrella to shade under a bit. if you like skiing you go to an alpine place With snow. It's similar with plants, if they like their feet wet - it's a bog, if they like sun, dont plant them in deep shade which gets no sun.
if your soil is going to be seeded, this will need to be kept watered. Little seedlings are fairly fragile and won't grow if they are allowed to dry out.
Hopefully you will let us know how things are going. But in 12months to 2 years time you will be having flowers and plants flourishing in your garden.