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

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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