Garden Designs for Long, Narrow Gardens – How to Add the Wow Factor
22nd November 2021
When you move into your home, you want to make it your own. With terraced houses being a popular (and sometimes more affordable) living space, it’s no surprise that garden designs for long narrow gardens have always been a hot topic.
Georgian homes in particular are known for their long, narrow gardens. These sought after properties tend to have a beautiful structure and high ceilings, making them a Pinterest-lover’s dream house. The interior of the house create a beautiful canvas for anyone interested in interiors, but the gardens can pose more of a challenge.
Garden Designs for Long, Narrow Gardens
Long, narrow gardens a typically harder to work with. They can be easy to crowd, but without clever design ideas can easily look sparse. These design ideas can help add the wow factor, while keeping the the size and shape of your garden in mind.
Break it up with colour
A long, narrow garden doesn’t lend itself well to too much green. If you’ve got shrubs, bushes, trees and grass, it can make the garden very one dimensional. This in turn can cause it to look much smaller than it is.
A great way to break up the greenery is to add plants and flowers that add a burst of colour. If you find looking after flowers too high maintenance, planting something simple with different coloured or variegated leaves could be enough to give the garden the illusion of depth.
Add textures to the ground
There are so many ground options when it comes to gardens. Gone are the days when you had to choose between a lawn or a concrete yard. Areas with varied textures can create help bring your garden to life.
Consider paving a patio close to the back of your house, or install a decking area at the end of your garden. Alternatively, create a border and fill it with white stones, or lilac/grey slate. Textures can give the illusion of an entirely different shape, and are a great tool to use to put your mark on a place.
Consider a garden room
Garden rooms can encourage you to get the full use of your garden. If you have a space in your garden that can be used all year round and doubles up as a place to entertain guests, you’re more likely to spend time out there. A garden bar for example, can be a great addition for sociable homeowners. You can enjoy the warm evening with your guests in the summer, and sit inside your heated and insulated garden bar during the cooler month.
Balance your garden
A long, narrow garden can easily look off-balance. When you don’t have a lot of space to put things, it can be easy to throw off the the natural symmetry of an area.
Things shouldn’t match exactly, as that would look a little unusual, but if you have a potted tree on side of the garden near the front, it might be an idea to add a feature on the other side of the garden a little further down. Don’t fall into the trap of keeping everything in one place, as it can make the garden look cluttered instead of decorated.