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Blog by Alice Irving

Garden Philosophy Part 1: Getting to know your garden’s aspect

18 October 2021

For the first instalment of our House by Urban Splash Garden Philosophy series, we reveal the lifestyle benefits of north, south-, east-, and west-facing gardens

We understand the importance of quality outdoor space.

So, as well as creating neighbourhoods centred around communal green spaces, many of our award-winning modular homes are designed with beautiful private gardens and paved terraces.

Once you find your new home with us, to unlock the full potential of its outdoor space, understanding your garden’s aspect is key.

The ‘aspect’ of your garden is the direction it faces – north, south, east or west.

Though many consider the sunlight-flooded south-facing garden the most desirable, each has its own set of mood-boosting lifestyle benefits you won’t want to miss out on.

North

A north-facing garden creates a nurturing environment protected from direct sunlight.

Expect visits from local wildlife in search of shadier spots while you enjoy outdoor project work away from the glare of the sun.

Shade-loving plants and vegetables flourish in north-facing gardens – including lettuce, kale, and rocket (for your home-made lunchtime salads) and fragrant mint and oregano (to make your evening meals extra special).

From May to October, golden hours of evening sun will arrive as the work and school day draws to a close, so sit back and enjoy with a glass of wine as your little ones play out til tea.

South

The highly desirable south-facing garden is flooded with all-year-round sunlight.

From sunrise to sunset, you have the best spot for al fresco dining, weekend barbeques, outdoor play, sunbathing, putting practice, and parties that spill out into the garden.

In this light and bright space, you can go grow a range of sun-loving plants like sweet-scented honeysuckle, towering sunflowers, dahlias, and range of Mediterranean herbs including rosemary, thyme, and lavender. And you can expect vibrant, green grass.

Have the best of both worlds by creating a sheltered spot in the corner by combining trees with an awning.

East

East-facing gardens get mostly morning sunshine.

In the spring and summer, take advantage of this by enjoying breakfast outdoors and yoga practice on the terrace.

During the wintertime – get cosy by the window and watch the sun come up over the frosted garden with a hot cup of coffee.

In east-facing gardens, plants that like partial shade will thrive, so consider growing flowers like nicotianas and berberis, and vegetables like Swiss chard, spring onions, cabbage, carrots, leeks, and radishes.

You might also want to set up a feeding station, bird bath, or birdhouse to invite songbirds into your garden.

West

With a west-facing garden, the strong, afternoon sunshine is yours.

If you’re working from home, throw open the patio doors during lunch and invite the great outdoors in, or swap your home office for the terrace for a few hours.

Like with east-facing gardens, you’ll need to choose plants that do well in partial sunlight – try geraniums, tulips, roses, and daffodils.

During the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy the last few hours of sun after work and at weekends – enjoy garden parties.

But don’t forget – you can always extend the magic of afternoon sunshine by turning the rays into twinkles with strings of solar fairy lights.

To find out more about our homes and gardens, visit one of our Town House show homes. Our garden living and loft living show homes are located at Inholm in Northstowe, Cambridge; New Islington in Manchester; and Port Loop in Birmingham. Click here to book your viewing.

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