A sunlight map is a valuable way to work out how much sun you get in each
area of your garden. This is useful for the positioning of garden components.
If you want a sun filled patio then maybe it should be at the end of the garden.

Sunlight maps are not only useful for the hardscaping / Landscaping but they are also useful when it comes to the softscaping and planting.

Once you have a sunlight map you will be able to buy plants that will live well in the garden from hollyhocks, puffy peonies, roses and snapdragons. Should all thrive in a well sun baked area.

How to draw a sunlight map.

You'll need to spend the day in the garden. Or three to four parts over three or four days, but if you want to, you can take this opportunity to spend the whole day outside.

 Start by making draming a plan of your garden. This can be simple, but make sure you include anything that might cast a shadow, and include other factors as well, such as dry or wet conditions. For example, if there's a stream running at the edge of the garden, make a note of this; if the cat has a tendency to roam around the southeaster corner of your flower bed, write that down, too, because you may not want to plant your vegetables there.

Every half-hour, make a note of where the sun is touching, and has touched. For example, the corner of the garden that will get the most sun may light up at 7:30; write "7:30" in that spot, and draw a line to mark the area where the sunlight ends and the shade begins. Next, at 8:00, draw another line, and so on.

Once you have your initial map you should be able to use this to make a second map highlighting the areas you want to plant in.
Work out which area gets the most morning sun and evening sun.

With this in mind you will be able to make an informed desicions about planting. Choosing plants such as plant morning glories, four-o'clocks and night-blooming jasmine which will mean there is colour through the whole day.

If your garden doesnt get much sunlight it will still be possible to plant there with plants that thrive in shady areas