Take a look at the toasty south facing side of my house. Daffodils and sedum popping up. (And they have recovered since their climb out of a few recent snow coverings).
Chilly, darker north facing side of my house. Snow! Enough all ready - get outta here!
Choose wisely what you plant and where. Better yet, choose wisely when buying a home. Notice which direction it faces and whether it will be warmer and brighter naturally by the way it faces. Then, choose what suits your likes!
I am a Putnamaniac that prefers the south facing side!