My water feature doesn't have any trees around it. I tried planting gunnera last year but it died. Yesterday, I bought japonica fatsia and I'm about to plant it. I searched through the net and found out that this plant doesn't like sun and it will die if exposed continously. My questions are ... - does mulching help in protecting this plant from sun exposure? - Is this the wrong time to plant it? I planted gunnera at the about the same last year. - What plant would you suggest if this is the wrong plant for me? I'm a new gardener and still on a learning stage. I'm not sure what zone I live in ... i think it's zone 6. Thanks.