I live in zone 9 and I have a raised bed. It receives the morning sun through early afternoon only as it backs up to my house. I planted 24 Caladium near the house, onion sets (88, then 2 weeks later 88 more), green bush beans (20, then 2 weeks later 20 more), and 30 marigolds in the rest, starting the second week in March, and they are all growing great. I know that the soil has a lot to do with how well the plants grow so I enriched it with compost mixed with purchased garden soil before planting. I also have a soaker hose buried under the mulch I placed around the beans after they sprouted. The mulch helps retain moisture and keep weeding to a minimum, and the soaker hose helps water the base of the plants instead of the leaves (which cuts down on common diseases) when we do not get rain. I also think that the house blocking the late afternoon sun helps to keep the sun from frying my plants as well as the soil. I also chose seeds designed for use in our zone, so they are better able to tolerate the heat. Good luck and let me know how you do!