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Types of Garden Shade

A well designed garden can be the perfect haven for relaxation. Taking account of its aspect and shade is an important consideration in getting the best out of a garden. Aspect relates to the direction a garden faces, with a south-facing garden a popular request in a home search.

To work out which direction a home faces you should stand against the back wall of the house and look down the garden. If you do not have a compass to hand, just monitor the sun’s passage through the day from this spot, bearing in mind it rises in the east, settles in the west. At its highest point, it is directly south. An approach for the digital age is to use Google Maps, locating the property and switching to satellite view, with south being at the bottom of their maps.

A south-facing garden

In terms of which facing garden is best for sun, a south-facing garden will be the answer for many households. These gardens will have the most sunlight through the day and generally the least shade. Ideal for a patio to sit out on at the back of the house, and best for those who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Flowers such as irises and tulips will enjoy the sunny, dry borders and your house will also enjoy the light which can flood the rooms at the back. Although this aspect does not necessarily increase the value of a property it is still a sought after feature.

A north-facing garden

Having a garden with more shade still offers plenty of scope in terms of design and use. A north-facing garden will be subject to considerably more shade, mainly from the house, offering a more consistent temperature and relief on hot days in the garden. In summer months they can have the late evening sun, and they can still support plants such as clematis. Factors such as the length of the garden and surrounding environment will determine how much sun will reach a garden which faces North. Similar to talking of a garden which faces south, when talking of a north-facing garden it does not necessarily mean a strict compass north but can include properties whose outlook involves a northwest-facing garden design.

west and east-facing gardens

Some people prefer a west-facing garden because they like to sit out and enjoy the sun in the afternoon and evening, while conversely others prefer an east-facing garden for having their breakfast outside in the morning light. Regardless of the aspect surrounding buildings, trees and hedges will still ultimately affect the shade in your garden. Evergreens will see deep shade, while deciduous trees will offer a dappled shade. Most gardens will contain areas which have partial shade and it is about designing a garden and planting the right plants to flourish in these specific conditions. For example magnolias like morning shade and suit west-facing gardens. By assessing the aspect and shade you can design a garden which works for you.


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