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Is my garden shady?

I have a large strip of garden that from May onwards until the end of summer, gets early morning sun (around 6.00am until 7.00am) and then later again from 1.00pm onwards.

Would this be considered a shady planting area or would some full sun plants be happy in this area?

Kind Regards.



  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...I would say plant more or less what you like, depending on soil rather than anything else....  I have a border that doesn't receive full sun, or any sun, until mid-day onwards yet it's planted up with 'full sun' lovers, and does very well actually... so no need to worry I think..

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Sounds bit like ours,east facing, I plant for partial shade except on South facing wall where I can get away with bit more sun loving plants,doing ok so far though quite new and learning everyday

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    ooh Philippa a nd Salino...the possibilities I've been missing!!!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    I'd agree with philippa - and remember that what you plant will grow (hopefully!) and create different conditions - especially shrubs. Many plants are quite forgiving and if you find something's struggling you can always take it out. It just means some plants will tolerate more or less sun but they'll just not perform quite as well as they would in their 'perfect' site.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nitram78nitram78 Posts: 41

    Thanks guys/girls

    Your comments have cheered me up no end. I was worried that I was going too loose access to some wonderful plant options.

    In terms of soil I have spent the last 2 seasons moving the wonderful ground a new build house has to offer (don't get me started - even weeds died!) into what I think is good ground. I've literally moved rubbish out and brought in over 2000 litres of compost/top soil/manure and mixed it all up. Ground seems more rich, worms are everywhere.

  • Ooh nitram , it sounds like there's lots of options to try different plants image

    we are in the process of laying new lawn in front garden. We have a small very sparse hedge and I'm planning to leave a small strip beside that to plant a few things for some colour. Our soil is very clay like when soaking wet. I'll find something I'm sure. This is our first year with a garden image

  • Hi Nitram,


    its a fabulous exposure - I have that in part of my garden too.

    agree with salino- I have some sun lovers in that exposure and they're very happy.

    depending on what colours you like, try some of the cranesbill pernennial geraniums - they love partial shade. Also astilbes (they come in many different shades, huecheras (ditto for colours), acers, irises, ferns, some camellias, some roses and clematis varieties...the possibilities are endless! 

    Actually, the hottest sun is from 1/2pm onwards, so your plants will need to be quite happy with that as they'll have more hours in the sun than out.

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