Is your back garden south facing?

(42 Posts)
VeganCow Thu 09-May-13 19:47:23

I feel very appreciative of my south facing back garden and was thinking at weekend whilst enjoying the sun, that some people are not so lucky, and will have a garden that gets no sun.

Which are you? grin

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 09-May-13 19:55:20

Half and half. grin

piprabbit Thu 09-May-13 19:58:52

We're south facing. It is lovely and sunny, but gets too hot for comfort. We're trying to introduce more patches of shade, but it is tricky and expensive.

LilacBreastedRoller Thu 09-May-13 20:09:58

Hard to say exactly -- it's roughly triangular, so although it's north facing according to the traditional description, it come out so far to the west side that most of it does face south (and the house is relatively small and jammed right over on the eastern boundary). The sun comes right round the side to fill most of the garden from fairly early on. Lovely. I was just thinking the other day how lucky we are, and how little I'd thought about this before we moved in.

bumperella Thu 09-May-13 22:10:42

I love the south-facing-ness of our back garden. It's a real suntrap and such a luxury to get evening sun. Piprabbit, have you tried fig trees and the like? tehy are lovely jungly-looking things and fast growing.

bluebump Thu 09-May-13 22:15:28

I wish it was, it never crossed our mind when we were looking for houses but it will if I ever move again. At this time of year when the sun is high enough we get a lot of sun but in the earlier months not so much.

Grockle Thu 09-May-13 22:16:44

My garden is north-facing but because of the layout of the houses, we have sun pretty much all day. Everybody says to avoid north-facing gardens but mine is perfect.

MoominsYonisAreScary Thu 09-May-13 22:20:52

South, it's lovely. We've only been here a week

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 09-May-13 22:21:43

::Apologies for hijack::

Hello Grockle. Haven't seen you on MN for ages. The gardening action these days is on the Rhubarb Appreciation Society thread. Do drop in. All gardeners welcome.

Beehatch Thu 09-May-13 22:24:27

We have a south facing garden, but sadly there is a woodland just to the south that, so we in fact are too shady to grow much more than moss!

Rhubarbgarden Thu 09-May-13 23:37:48

Our main garden is west facing but we also have a south facing walled garden/orchard. I think that's my favourite bit.

purplewithred Thu 09-May-13 23:47:09

is a deal-breaker for me, garden has to be south-west axis or i wont consider it.

SingingSands Thu 09-May-13 23:58:21

This always confuses me. If I stand at the back of the house looking up the garden, it is north facing. If I sit on the decking looking down the garden to the house (catching the last of the Sun, glass of white in hand) then it is south facing.

Whatever it is, we get plenty of sunshine until the Sun drops behinds the houses further up the road (west).


VerySmallSqueak Fri 10-May-13 00:01:19

Same as Beehatch we are South facing at the back but woods beyond the garden.
It means it is sunny right up by the house but shadier and damper and mossier the further from the house you get.

cantspel Fri 10-May-13 00:38:40

My garden is L shaped but the main part of the garden is east facing with Holm oak trees all down one side so it doesn't matter as it is always in shade on that side of the garden.
The other side is quite sunny. The main patio has sun until mid afternoon but the back patio has sun until late afternoon. Again the front garden is very sunny apart from the side where the oaks cast shade but as it is quite large there is still plenty of room for sun loving plants.

Ponders Fri 10-May-13 00:44:24

we have a small back yard (we're in Lancs) facing east.

It gets sun all morning, & most of the afternoon from the S as the sun goes round, but at best is in total shade after 5pm sad

garlicyoni Fri 10-May-13 00:54:50

I've got a North-East front yard and a South-West back yard. Perfect smile Morning sun at the front, and long golden evening shadows in the back. Love it!

We are talking tiny, though, so you only get an hour or two of full sun due to walls & fences. I also have healthy crops of moss!

garlicyoni Fri 10-May-13 00:57:13

Bumperella, do you grow figs outdoors? I can't imagine them surviving here (midlands), but am willing to give it a go if you can advise a fool-proof strain & method!

Grockle Fri 10-May-13 08:11:20

I'll pop over to the gardening thread, maud thank you. I've not been well & havent been able to do much but I'm itching to get out in the garden again. I did think of you all. smile

echt Fri 10-May-13 09:41:31

I'm in Melbourne, so north-facing is warm. My back garden is basically an east-facing square, very open so everything gets ambient light at the very least. The north-facing side gets roasted in summer and still lots of light in winter, so that's where the lemon tree, cacti and bougainvillea hang out in their raised bed.

At our latitude, the same as Athens but south of the equator, twilights are brief compared with the fabulous summers evenings of the UK. Someone said it's like a light being switched off.grin

VeganCow Fri 10-May-13 09:45:28

SingingSands if you look out of your back door/window, and are looking at the sun at midday, it's south facing.
So, if I stand at my backdoor, first thing in the morning the sun is to my left (rises in the east) and in the evening the sun is to my right (sets in the west). So, the sun is at the back of my house, facing it, all day.

Ours is south facing, and we get lovely sunshine until about 12.30, when the shadows from the behemoth hedges/trees next door start blocking out all light! sad At least the bottom of the garden, where the veggie patches are going, still get sun all afternoon.

<adds "friendly chat with neighbours about trees" to to-do-list>

(pmsl here, just spotted a typo and corrected it before posting, that was almost a "friendly shat" with the neighbours! shockgrin)

bran Fri 10-May-13 09:59:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

echt Fri 10-May-13 10:15:07

I couldn't agree with you more bran. Although we loved the open back garden aspect, what we love even more is the front garden which catches mid-day to evening sun and is enclosed, entirely surrounded by trees and fences and has a secluded paved yard, with raised beds. This is where we sit in the evening, and have a fire going while we listen to the the Archers or News Quiz.

turkeyboots Fri 10-May-13 10:18:14

North facing and on clay. So garden is dark and like a swamp 9 months out of 12.

I have garden jealousy.

Alwayscheerful Fri 10-May-13 10:24:08

Ours is south facing, it's heaven, and we have solar panels too. Our last house was shaded by trees , I really appreciate our sunny garden.

cantspel Fri 10-May-13 10:55:19

I must have been half asleep last night as my garden faces south not east. Dont know how i got that wrong as the sea is a dead giveaway.

Khaleese Fri 10-May-13 11:02:29

My house is south facing with huge georgian windows, the lilght is amazing.
My garden is north facing but is big enough to have sun all day through to evening. What i do like is that we have a terrace ( behind house) which is perma shade. Perma shade is good for children, eating etc.

I did once live in a victorian terrace with a good size garden slug breeding ground the houses behind shaded the garden all year. It made me sad :-(

ShatnersBassoon Fri 10-May-13 11:07:17

South-west facing with loamy soil. It's briliant for growing fruit and veg.

woozlebear Fri 10-May-13 11:07:25

East facing, but very long so half of it gets sun all day. Also means our conservatory is lovely and shady all the afternoon. Would be uninhabitable if south or west facing.

We're moving soon to a west facing garden. I like sunbathing for brief periods but for sitting and reading etc I want shade, so I'm waiting anxiously to move in and find out how much shade it gets on a sunny day!

My parents have a small north facing garden and very tall house. It still gets enough sun to enjoy - just not in late afternoon. I've never understood the obsession with south facing.

haggisaggis Fri 10-May-13 11:11:30

Ours is south facing and having moved from house with north facing garden I really appreciate it! (It's actually our front garden but set up of house means that's the one we use and where the patio is - not overlooked by neighbours, just friendly cows)

HousewifeFromHeaven Fri 10-May-13 13:31:13

I have a south facing garden but due to the close proximity of other buildings we don't get sun after 5pm.

I am however moving to a west facing Arden which gets all the afternoon sun until it sets, so it's great to sit out etc.

Lavendersbluedillydilly1969 Fri 10-May-13 13:37:38

North facing but have sun all day in bottom two thirds and shady cool at the back of the house. Perfect on a warm day but sometimes would like a bit of sun at the back of the house when it's a bit cooler. Last house was south facing and we had to keep the curtains drawn all summer as house heated up so much, think we have a good compromise now and perfect for young children as always a shady play area available.

Ponders Fri 10-May-13 22:57:30

I would love to have a house facing away from the W at the front in the afternoon. we have to draw the curtains (bay window) from about 3pm onwards or we can't watch TV at all!

onefewernow Fri 10-May-13 23:41:03

My first ever East facing back garden,after three south or south/west homes. I never thought I would do it.

I have been pleasantly surprised. It's not overlooked so isn't bad at all, a d seems to get sun in from the south on the right, onto most of the space.

The front is west and wraps around the side garden to the south, so I don't feel deprived.

Also, I like shade plants, so will fill the back garden north facing border with these, and maybe a bench for the summer.

In my last very sunny garden the shade of a large magnolia was a real bonus on hot days.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 17-May-13 19:09:35

Another south facing back garden here. We are really, really lucky in that we get the sun from rise to set, and we are the house that casts the shadows onto everyone else in the vicinity grin

Disclaimer: That makes it sound like we live in a mansion - we don't, its just the way the houses are laid out.

Disclaimer no 2: south facing is great, but at risk of a first world moan, it makes my lovely new conservatory too hot sometimes......grin

bella65 Sun 19-May-13 16:38:03

south facing back and north facing front.
But the end of the garden is in the shade of the gable end of a neighbour's house- so that is shaded. Our soil is light and sandy so I plant things that need warm and light soils.

Taffeta Sun 19-May-13 21:49:00

South facing, downward slope, little shade, chalky very dry soil.

Great for Med planting but no woodland stuff for me.

Oopla Sun 26-May-13 02:07:39

Back garden south ish facing. South west I think. Real sun trap and moves around the side of the house in the evening spilling Ito the front.

I love the light in the house in the mornings smile

I notice a lot of plots on new developments seem to have price tags arranged depending on which way they're facing. Found out doing some research a bit back that the designer of a good deal of social housing here in Leeds built them specially as "sun homes" to give the occupants ( recovering from polio and consumption ) the maximum amount of sunlight.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sun 26-May-13 04:08:51

Another South facing with woods behind. Bit damp and mossy but I do like the trees so I don't mind missing the sun too much.

IsThatTrue Sun 26-May-13 04:24:59

South facing here, the patio can be ridiculously hot sometimes as there is no shade before 6/7 during the summer. But there's always shade in amongst the trees overgrown woodland at the bottom of the garden.

I Love my garden, got 4 loads of washing dried yesterday, and it wasn't even that sunny tbh!

dreamingofsun Sun 26-May-13 10:16:57

currently north facing, though we have also had south in previous houses. we quite like north facing, though obviously not so great for a veg patch. you just need to think slightly differently about plants, and how you treat your lawn. lots of nice shade during a really hot summer.....fingers crossed for this year

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