North East Facing Garden Benefits & Drawbacks

  • A north-east facing garden can have advantages & disadvantages.
  • Check out 4 of our top plants to grow to help yours thrive!
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When you’re planning on moving home, taking the new garden plot into consideration could be very important to you. For homeowners who take pride in their green thumb, they may not be expecting the adjustments that come with having a garden that faces north-east.

Who is a north-east garden suitable for?

For those who enjoy tanning, lying outside in the sun, and having pool parties, you might want to reconsider moving into a home with a garden that faces north-east. It’s less likely to get any large amounts of direct sunlight, and they aren’t the warmest gardens around.

However, if you enjoy having lunch outdoors, like throwing parties without all of your guests getting sunburnt and are happy to adjust the plants that you usually grow, this could be the garden for you. Let’s look at the pros and cons next.

The benefits of a north-east garden

You should think about your new north-east garden the way you think about the plants that you keep indoors. These plants thrive in shady areas, with little sunlight, and still manage to bring a splash of colour to your home.

There are plenty of outdoor plants that are similar and will grow well in shaded areas of your garden. Which, you’ll have plenty of if you have a garden that faces north-east.

As a side note, you could benefit from having a pond or small well built into your garden. These make lovely features, and fish don’t need sunshine to thrive. There’s nothing more charming that sitting outside by the pond, reading a good book or watching a movie online.

Think about the possibilities, not the missed opportunities. Every garden is unique and only needs a touch of creativity to look amazing.

small garden pond under shade
A small garden pond in a shady area.

Plants that like shade

The snowdrop can add a hint of grace and tranquillity to your garden. These flowers will happily rise at the end of winter and can be a lovely plant to have in bloom while you wait for the springtime flowers to take over the centre stage.

There’s also the bellflower, a delicate purple bloom that has a bluebell shape to it. These flowers work well to attract bees, which will help pollinate the rest of your garden. For a garden that doesn’t get much sunshine, having the right soil, enough water, and pollination are all important.

Our third recommendation is the foxglove. A darling woodland-based plant that will enjoy partial shade. Be sure that you purchase the correct variety, as some foxglove plants prefer more sun than others.

Lastly, the bleeding heart plant. These flowers are just absolutely stunning. Really, a sight to behold! They’re sure to add that splash of bold colour that you’re looking for in your shaded garden, and they look perfect by themselves or among other plants and shrubs.

Activities that suit a north-east garden

As we mentioned above, you could easily have a party or a BBQ in a north-east garden because the lack of direct sunlight will keep your garden cooler in the summer months.

Alternatively, it would be easy to set up a play area for any children that you have, including a sandpit or outdoor apparatus such as a swing set or a trampoline.

Gardening won’t feel as harsh either, because you won’t experience the hot sun beating down on you while you work.

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An outdoor seating area with partial shade.

The downside to a garden that faces north-east

You’ll find that you will have more sunlight in the early morning if your garden faces north-east. This is fine for early risers, but maybe not so much for those who like to sleep in or work nights.

The sunlight will recede down your garden as the day goes on, meaning that you’ll need to plant your flowers strategically to ensure that you only have shade-loving plants at the back of your property.

Homes with patios or other extensions will find that their extension gets a lot of shade. It will be difficult to use those areas as a sunroom or find somewhere extremely sunny to sit because the placement of your home just won’t allow a lot of direct light or heat to reach you.

You may find that you get little to no sun at all during the winter months. This is fine for some, but again, you will need to plan your garden accordingly and take advantage of plants (like snowdrops) that will bloom in the shade during the colder seasons.

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