Don't be fooled by shade
It’s possible to calculate the length of shade cast by an object, so a rough guideline you can use is as follows:
In the summer, the shadows cast are approximately half the height of the object that creates the shade. This object can be, for example, your house, shed, fencing, trees, etc. In the winter, the shadows are longer. Then, multiply the height of the object by 2.5. The result is a rough estimate of how many metres away from the object you will need to be in order to have direct sunlight. Or you could always search online for free software to make 3D drawings, which will also calculate the shade factor for you.
If you know how much shade your house, fencing and hedging cast, you will be able to work out where the sunniest spot is in your garden. Of course, it is important to create shady spots where necessary, especially in a south-facing garden, where having some shade is a must. Parasols, sail shades, tents, or whatever your heart desires, all are available in a wide range of types, sizes and colours. You will easily find the best solution to fit your garden furniture or lounge set. Just don’t forget the suntan lotion.