Posted: 24/12/2013 at 10:22
The back of our house faces east, which means that the garden gets sun from the east and the south until mid afternoon and then sunshine from the west over the flat roof of the garage - we grow all sorts of flowers, shrubs, fruit and veg - the veg plot is alongside the south facing fence with fruit trained on the fence. We had our own fig last summer from our baby fig tree .
We had 20+ heritage tomato plants last summer and every tomato bar one ripened, we grow runner beans, over wintered broad beans, garlic, swiss chard, french beans, purple sprouting broc, butternut squash, courgettes, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, etc, plus raspberries, gooseberries and strawberries and the aforementioned fig in a pot on the terrace, and are establishing an espaliered pear tree.
The southern boundary is terraced (the base of our neighbour's fence being 3ft higher than our lawn, so their 6ft fence is in effect 9ft tall, so we do have a shady north facing border, but we have clematis, roses, echinacea, foxgloves, hostas, cyclamen and many other shrubs and perennials on our Shady Bank.
This is the Shady Bank in it's first year .... don't be despondent - your garden is full of potential.