A Guide to Making the Most out of Narrow Gardens
10th January 2022
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.
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.
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.