Flowers for the West Side of the Garden


One may draw parallels between garden plants and real estate when it comes to choose where to settle down: Location, location, location is the most significant factor, but the emphasis should be placed on the quality of the soil and the quantity of light that is available to the plants. For instance, the layout of a garden that faces west should take use of the morning shade and the hot afternoon heat, whereas the layout of an east-facing garden should take advantage of the chilly morning light. You’ll find that most internet plant descriptions provide information on the ideal amount of light or shade for the particular type. If you pay attention to it, your garden will provide better results.

South, North, West and East-Facing Gardens

Gardens that face north get a smaller portion of the sun’s rays throughout the day than those that face south. Plants that need a combination of brightness and shade without blindingly hot heat are frequently well-suited for west-facing gardens since east-facing ones receive less sun than west-facing ones. If you’re confused which way your garden faces, you’re not alone. HGTV suggests purchasing a compass and using it while leaning against the side of your home; the reading will indicate the orientation of the yard you are standing in.

The majority of people will choose shady sites for their gardens, but sunny gardens are more likely to suffer from dryness, and there are many wonderful plants that like the shadow but do not grow well in full sunlight. Even though they are on the same side of the house, some gardens may have areas that get more sunlight, more shade, more moisture, or more dryness. Because of this variance, it is possible to cultivate a wide variety of plant species within the confines of a single bed.

What Plants Are Good for the West Side of a House?

According to Gardeners’ World, hardy geraniums (Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle,’ USDA plant hardiness zones 5-8) are the first on the list of the best flowers to put on the west side of a home. These gorgeous flowers bloom from May through June and are known by the common name cranesbill. They are purplish-blue in colour and grow to a height and width of between one and one and a half inches. They are also not bothered by rabbits or deer, and butterflies just adore them. Phlox, also known as Phlox paniculate, is hardy in zones 4-8, has a delightfully sweet fragrance, and produces many flowers that range in colour from white to pinkish-purple.

Another fantastic option is narcissus, sometimes known as daffodils (hardy in zones 4-8). They are among the greatest perennials to use in gardens that face west and come in a variety of colours, including yellow, orange, white, pink, and bicolor. They will provide your garden some interest earlier in the season because of their early bloom period, which is between March and April. Clustered bellflower, also known as Campanula glomerata, is hardy in zones 3-8, produces a burst of lavender-blue or purple, and grows very slowly, making it an ideal candidate for the front of your border.

Shrubs for West-Facing Gardens

Gardens that face west are best suited for deciduous plants that can withstand both drought and heat. Iceberg roses, also known as Rosa ‘KORbin’, may grow up to 5 feet high and 3 feet wide, and they bloom from May until the first frost. Iceberg roses are hardy in zones 5-9. That’s a really large quantity of roses! There’s also the nonfruiting miniature evergreen known as Little Ollie (Olea europaea ‘Montra,’ hardy in zones 8-11), which is an evergreen that prefers full sun and has dark green leaves with a silvery underside.

In addition to bay laurel, sweet bay, and bay leaf trees, bay trees (Laurus nobilis, zone 8) are members of the laurel family. Bay trees may be found in zone 8. The North Carolina State Extension Gardener adds that they may be grown into hedges and have fragrant leaves that can be used in cooking. Additionally, they can be cultivated in their own right as ornamental plants. They are slow growers that perform well in herb gardens and may also be trimmed into topiaries and used as privacy hedges. Herb gardens are a good fit for these plants because of their sluggish growth rate. In addition to having a delightful aroma, jagged lavender (Lavandula pinnata, hardy in zones 9–10) is an excellent plant choice for gardens that face west.