Here Comes the Sun—and Shade

Understanding your garden's exposure can help you make smarter landscape design decisions.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

South Facing Morning

Illustration shows movement of the sun in the morning of a south facing site. Note the different sections of garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

South Facing Midday

Illustration shows movement of the sun at midday on a south facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

South Facing Evenings

Illustration shows movement of the sun at evening on a south facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

North Facing Morning

Illustration shows movement of sun in the morning of a north facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

North Facing Midday

Illustration shows movement of the sun at midday on a north facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

North Facing Evenings

Illustration shows movement of the sun at evening on a north facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

East Facing Morning

Illustration shows movement of sun in the morning of an east facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

East Facing Midday

Illustration shows movement of the sun at midday on a east facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

East Facing Evenings

Illustration shows movement of the sun at evening on a east facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

West Facing Morning

Illustration shows movement of sun in the morning of an west facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

West Facing Midday

Illustration shows movement of the sun at midday on a west facing site. Note the different sections of the garden as they come into the sun, or move into shade. This is important for placement of shrubs, trees and borders when planning.

West Facing Evenings

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Yard Exposure

To determine the exposure of your yard, stand with your back to the house. This is the direction that your garden faces. Knowing how much sunlight your garden is exposed to will help you in choosing what plants to select.

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