New Build Garden Sun Location

My wife and I cant decide which garden will be best for getting the sun throughout most of the day. As it is a new build and hasn't been built yet we cant go and see where the sun would be at different times of the day.

Would anyone be able to help or advise which of the green houses (but not plot 116) would be best to get the sun through the majority of the day?

We are in North Yorkshire (if that has any bearing on it). 

Any help would be appreciated.




  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 5,199
    Welcome to the forum  :)
    I'm going to go with plot 120 or 114 , l'd be interested to see what others say !
  • 116 has the back of the House south facing which is where the sun is....
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 541
    There are apps that can track the sun's position although I never got to grips using it.
    My new build house faces north east at the front so South facing rear garden which sounds good until you realise that the house behind you blocks it, then the garage stops it, oh and the wall to one side casts a shadow so although the garden gets sun it doesn't stay long anywhere and in winter the sun doesn't clear the roof line of the house behind. 
    But it's certainly workable as there are so many plants that don't require all day sun. 
    I would choose the house that was least overlooked and shared the least amount of fences as l don't want to see heads  bobbing over the fence if next door has a trampoline!
    So probably 118 or 122 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 4,065
    I'd choose 122 as well.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,637
    edited October 2019
    Going purely as you requested, on the amount of sun/shade, I’d go for 120  .... 116 would also be good but you said not that one. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 910

    maybe 122 but it’s mostly NE facing and you’re hoping the morning sun isn’t blocked by those trees, and the afternoon not blocked by the garage and house
  • Julia1983Julia1983 ShropshirePosts: 95
    This might be helpful... 113 looks interesting,  difficult to tell not being on the ground but looks like it has a bit of south facing front garden that looks like it will be relatively quiet? (Assuming the dark lines are fencing?)  Depends when you like to be outside too, because I work standard daytime hours I would like a garden that gets evening sun. As has been mentioned a lot depends on surrounding buildings too, our current garden is south facing but another house close to us shades us all winter and a bit of the summer. 
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,965
    114 looks good to me; it's the largest garden. The back of the house would catch evening sun. But it's surrounded by other gardens. I'm going to go with 113... the back garden is slightly smaller, but one side borders a cycle path, and the house has an end of cul-de-sac loaction overlooking green space, with a very large, southerly aspected, front garden which is private and overlooks green space.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,182
    Large green spaces end up as kids magnet so depends. 114 looks good.
  • HexagonHexagon Posts: 963
    It depends what part of the garden you want the sun on for most of the day?
    I agree with enduring gardener that 116 has the back of the garden facing where the sun would be all day, maybe that's why it's not available! The borders at the back of the garden wouldn't be getting much sun.
    My house faces south-west and the seating area gets the sun most of the day. I'd rather it was the other way around because it's too hot to sit outside the house in direct sunlight. One of my neighbours gets the evening sun, which I would prefer! It also means the plants at the back of my garden are in shade most of the day, which makes it hard to plant beautiful flowering sun loving plants to look out upon from the seating area.
    For me, positioning is more important than sun in the garden. It wasn't even something I'd considered! So although I have a less than ideal sun situation for my personal preferences, I like the position of my house. Based on that I'd be choosing 122, the furthest away from the foothpaths and roads. You're at the end, no-one should be going down there. It also has the bonus of having the seating area of the house in shade, but the garden/borders in full sun. Win-win for me! I find it weird they haven't put a black line to indicate a border between the property and the open grassy bit though.

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