When planting outside, pay attention to how much sun and shade is in your yard.
One thing you need to know is how much shade you get. If you are in a new location you may need to spend some time in your yard to figure this out.This may include having to go outside every hour. Then you can choose appropriate selections for that area, such as greenery.
Another thing to consider for your plants is water needs. A great way to conserve water, group plants with similar water needs together.
If you need clarification on what 'partial shade' or 'partial sun' is, you can find those definitions on the Aggie Horticulturalists website.