directions in relation to your home and garden is one of the most basic gardening skills. The fundamental task of
orienting your property will help you to plan a garden with the
greatest chance of success. Above the equator, where almost all of our
readers live, south-facing walls receive all day sun, and north-facing
walls are shaded.
We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
Orienting your own home is as simple as getting up to watch the
sunrise. Face the horizon where the sun rises – this is east. Hold out
your left hand – this is north. Hold out your right hand – this is
south. And west is to your back. Now you can draw a simple map of your
yard and draw a little compass with the cardinal directions to
use as a reference for future landscaping projects.
So, if a plant needs full sun, it will probably need to be on the south
side of your home as to not fall in the shade of your home. The plants
placed along the north wall should be shade-loving plants because they
will be in the shadow of your home for the entire day.
Bonus Trivia: "Cardinal" comes from the Latin Cardo with means
"That on which something turns or depends" or "door hinge". Anything
described as "Cardinal" is very important, in fact, it is the most
important thing of it's kind. N,S,E, & W are the most important
directions, Cardinals are the most important priests in Catholicism,
and Cardinal Virtues are those which should be held above all others.
Cardinal is a very important word.