I would like to start a garden in my courtyard. Each part of the courtyard only receives about 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (there is a small patch of light that travels from one end of the courtyard to the other). The rest of the time there is a lot of indirect sunlight. It is sheltered from the wind and I am based in Sydney, so about to go into a summer that is hot and dry with the occasional heavy thunderstorm. I'd like to have a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Can you recommend anything in particular?
You will want to look into shade gardening. You will find many articles here:
I have a problem! my front yard is shaded most of the morning and afternoon, but gets about two hours of noon sun. I have some shepherd hooks and would like to hang some bright potted flowers, but I don't know what would work in that kind of sun. I can't move the hooks anywhere else in the yard. Do you have any suggestions?
This article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/shade/shade-tolerant-flowers.htm
This is my first attempt at veggies. It's in an area with semi shade. I'm planning two 8 x 4 raised beds (3 sleepers deep). Is it workable?
The following article should be of some help to you:
While the size of your garden does not seem to be an issue, you may want to consider the shade aspect. How much shade exactly? Most vegetables require at least 6 hours of sun for optimal growth.
I have a very narrow, small garden that is half shaded by a large hedge -- morning sun on hedge side and afternoon sun on opposite side. The soil under the hedge never dries out much. I also have soil between paving slabs that are in need of ground cover -- something fast growing and easily maintained would be great. What would I need to have a small, yet pretty, and practical garden. I love flowers!!
These articles will give you some good ideas for plants to grow in this space:
I have several shade trees where grass will not grow. I would like to plant some plants that would live in the shady area (maybe Ivy). What are your suggestions?
These articles have some suggestions:
English Ivy should do fine in the shade but will try to climb the tree.
Are there vegetables that can grow in part-time shade? I have an area that gets good sun until about 2:00 pm and then begins to be shady.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/shade-vegetables.htm
I have a small plot for my vegetable garden in my backyard. It only gets about 5 or 6 hours of sunlight a day due to the shade from my house. Can I plant any vegetables or herbs that require that few hours of sunlight a day?
Most vegetable plants will grow in an area that gets 5-6 hours of sun. They may not grow as large as plants who get more sun, but 5 hours is the minimum for vegetables to be able to produce a worthwhile crop. So, I think you can plant anything you like there. But there are some veggies that do best in that light condition. These include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and spinach.