Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:51
Thought so. It looked like the photo was taken later in the day judging by the shadows, indicating the sun setting in the west.
Don't be put off by the shade, there are lots of plants that thrive in shade, such as hosts etc. But they may be competing with moisture with the privet hedge. Dig the border well, add lots of compost/soil improver etc as this will help preserve moisture.
Next, do you know what soil you have? Is it acidic or alkaline, sandy or clay?