Why a South Facing Garden is Not the Best Choice!

A Sunny Garden

A whopping 80% of people said they wanted a south facing garden in a recent survey we conducted.

It's easy to understand why south-facing gardens are highly sought after. They receive ample sunlight throughout the day, making them perfect for gardening enthusiasts, outdoor dining and creating a bright, inviting atmosphere. The allure of a sun-drenched outdoor space is undeniable, but is it truly the best option for everyone?

In this article, we'll delve into why a south facing garden may not always be the ideal choice and explore other essential aspects to consider when searching for your dream garden in York.


The Downsides of a South Facing Garden

  1. Temperature Extremes: While a south facing garden may bask in sunlight for most of the day, it can also become unbearably hot during summer months, making it less enjoyable for outdoor activities.
  2. Limited Shade: The abundance of sunlight in a south facing garden may also mean limited opportunities for shade. This can make it challenging to create comfortable outdoor spaces, especially for those who prefer respite from the sun, especially the little ones and pets.
  3. Plant Selection: Certain plants may struggle in the intense heat of a south facing garden, limiting your options for landscaping and gardening.
  4. Privacy Concerns: With constant sunlight comes increased visibility from neighbouring properties. Privacy can become a concern in south facing gardens, especially in densely populated areas.


Exploring Other Orientations

  1. Layout and Size: Consider the size of the garden and its layout. Determine if it's large enough for your desired activities such as gardening, entertaining, or having space for children or pets to play. If the garden is large or unusually shaped then it may benefit from sunshine regardless of the orientation. 
  2. Surroundings: It is important to consider what is surrounding your garden. A south facing garden can be shaded by tall buildings and trees. While an east facing garden in the same location may offer clear views of morning sunshine and be ideal for your morning cuppa in the sun before work.
  3. Gardening Aspirations: Assess the garden's exposure to sunlight throughout the day. Different plants require different levels of sunlight, so consider whether the garden gets full sun, partial sun, or shade, and whether this matches your gardening aspirations.
  4. Time of Use: What time of day will you use your garden? If you work a 9-5 job then a west facing garden may suit you better as this orientation receives afternoon and evening sun meaning you can enjoy sunshine after a long day at work.


While a south facing garden may hold undeniable appeal, it's essential to look beyond orientation when searching for your ideal home. Consider factors such as temperature extremes, privacy concerns, and overall functionality to ensure that your outdoor space aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. By exploring all aspects of a property, you'll be better equipped to find a home that truly meets your needs and enhances your quality of life.

Happy house hunting!


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