Partial sun suits a wide variety of plants, and depending on the water requirements, you can have a garden filled with all kinds of plants. With partial sun greater emphasis is put on its receiving the minimal sun requirements as apposed to plants graded as patial shade. If a plant is listed as Partial Shade, the plant will need some relief from the intense late afternoon sun, either from shade provided by a nearby tree or planting it on the east side of a building.
Dappled sunlight is similar to partial shade in that it is the sunlight makes its way through the branches of a tree or shrub. This is the type of light that woodland plants prefer even more than partial shade conditions.