What you want, of course, is a bit of shade. It feels hot everywhere, even in the shade; but if you just had a patch of something sombre to sit in, for a moment at least, the pouring sweat would stop. At least that's the theory.
South-facing gardens have the advantage of all the sunshine, and therefore tend to be more sought-after. However choosing a home with a north facing garden no longer means having to compromise a beautifully lush outdoor space. We talk to the gardening experts to find how how best to achieve a thriving plot, even when your garden is mostly in the shade.
We pick five choice plants to grow in the dry, shady conditions created by a north-facing wall or fence. North-facing walls can be some of the trickiest areas to plant — the combination of dry soil and shade make it a difficult place for many plants to grow. However, with the right choices, you can transform a north-facing wall or fence into valuable part of the garden.
North-facing gardens, patios and balconies lie in the shadows for most of the day. Shade is created when sunlight is blocked by an object, perhaps a building or a tree, and a shadow is created from it. As a result the garden and plants within it receive little, if any, sunlight. While most people tend to favour a warm and sunny garden, shade can actually be a huge asset and there is actually still so much you can do with it.
If you asked a gardener to describe their dream space, it's unlikely they would suggest a damp, north-facing plot that is heavily shaded. The lack of sunlight means you can't kick back and relax on a deckchair, grow cottage-garden perennials or fill pots with sun-loving plants from the Mediterranean - but does it rule out having a beautiful garden? No, of course it doesn't.
North facing balcony remains clear and without blockage, because of the diffused light, which illuminates it. Only few flowers will do well on north facing balcony garden. Bleeding heart can be a good bet too.
North-facing gardens are considered a bit of a nightmare for anyone looking to earn their green thumbs, as they make growing many plants completely impossible. Palm plants are beautiful leafy plants that can thrive in low-light conditions, but they have very different needs depending on the kind you get. Parlour Parm as the name suggests is a very popular indoor plant but can grow in even the shadiest part of any garden. Not only that but if it does happen to catch enough sun, then it will sprout a cluster of beautiful yellow flowers come springtime.
Check out our guide to the types of garden shade and the plants best suited to them. Are you dealing with dry shade or damp shade? And what degree of shade have you got?
Master gardener Paul James decides to spruce up one of his mother's planting beds for her upcoming birthday. He selects a narrow bed along a sidewalk that leads to a patio where his parents spend their time outdoors. Located on the north side of the house, it lies in heavy shade most of the day with filtered light peeking through during the afternoon. James first removes the existing plants.