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A Guide to Making the Most out of Narrow Gardens

Narrow gardens can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they can be quite low maintenance if there isn’t a lot of space to fill. On the other hand, this can leave you feeling like you have no choice but to have drab garden.

Luckily, where there’s a will there’s a way, and narrow gardens can stylish, beautiful and practical if you’re willing to put in the effort. 

Although gardens come in all shapes and sizes, narrow gardens tend to be long and thin. This shape allows for a lot of creativity, and doesn’t limit you as much as you might expect. One thing to keep in mind is not to over-clutter the garden. It can begin to feel claustrophobic if add too many features as it accentuates the small space that you’re working with.

Styling Narrow Gardens

It is possible to create the illusion of space even in a narrow garden. Surprisingly, leaving the area as empty as possible can have a negative effect. Being able to clearly see where the garden ends on each side can create a flat view that draws attention to the fact you’re working with a small area. Breaking up the view of the edges of the garden can make it look much bigger.

Below are some ideas for styling a narrow garden in a way that makes it look great and stops it from looking so narrow.

styling narrow gardens

Create asymmetry 

If you’re a bit of a neat freak, symmetry might be important when it comes to garden design, but it’s not the best idea for a skinny outdoor space. An asymmetrical approach breaks up the visible borders of the garden from wherever you’re standing to view it. 

So if you’re planning on putting a path up the central line of the garden, moving it over to one side. Stepping stones arranged in a deliberately undefined line are also a great way to do this. 

If you have a flower bed that runs half way up your garden on one side, consider having bushed that only covers a third of the garden length on the other side. Avoid putting seating areas at either end of the garden, instead setting them up somewhere near the middle.

Add a garden room

A garden room can look great and give your garden itself more functionality. Even if it feels like you don’t have a lot of space, a small, bespoke garden room can give you more reason to be outside. It puts you right in the middle of the garden you’ve worked so hard on and gives you another place to relax. 

You could use the garden room as an office, a garden bar, or just somewhere to entertain throughout the year. It can also make your garden look bigger if you carefully consider where you place it, as it will help break up the garden.

Add levels

This is similar thinking to breaking up the view with asymmetry. Adding a platform to an otherwise flat garden can break it up in much the same way. 

Use decking to create a small platform for a seating area. Rather than picking one end of the garden, consider building it three-quarters of the way down the garden. Or build it up directly next to a garden room to create a little hub for entertaining. 

Here are some other ideas for adding levels to your narrow garden.

Garden Designs for Long, Narrow Gardens

Garden Designs for Long, Narrow Gardens – How to Add the Wow Factor

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.

Garden Designs for Long, Narrow Gardens

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.

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