Many homes, particularly terraced houses and properties on housing estates, have long, thin back gardens. The problem is that a narrow backyard can all too easily make you feel hemmed in rather than relaxed. If your outdoor space lacks width, it may also feel as if it lacks room to breathe.
Thankfully, you can create the illusion of width with some clever landscaping ideas and techniques. Once your garden looks wider, it’ll feel wider too – and you’ll enjoy being outside much more. Read on for our top landscaping ideas for making the most of narrow spaces.
Dividing your garden into a few sections, each with a specific purpose, will make you less aware of its overall shape. For example, the first section could be devoted to outdoor seating, the second to a pond, and the third to a summer house. Why not give each section a different ground covering (decking, grass, gravel, etc.) to make the layout more distinctive? Partially screening the sections from view with bamboo will create an enticing sense of mystery.
Getting creative with your lawn is a fantastic way to suggest that narrowness isn’t an issue in your garden. If grass spans the width of your backyard, it’ll only highlight the lack of space. Position your lawn at a 45-degree angle to your home instead creating a diamond shape, and you’ll fool the eye into thinking the garden is wider than it really is.
Laying paving stones in a circle not only creates an attractive focal point but also makes a significant contribution to the illusion of width. As the patio’s curved edges don’t touch the garden’s sides or mirror its shape, they draw attention away from the narrowness.
When landscaping a long, thin backyard, it’s important to give careful thought to fencing. If the perimeter fences are particularly tall and solid looking, they’ll dominate the narrow space and make it feel cramped. You can avoid that problem by choosing shorter fence panels topped with trellis. They’ll help you to ‘open out’ your garden, making it seem wider.
Top tip: If your garden is surrounded by walls (as is often the case at townhouses) and fencing isn’t an option, grow climbing plants to soften the appearance of the boundaries.
It’s difficult to find mass-produced furniture, summerhouses and sheds that won’t overwhelm a narrow garden. An excellent solution is to commission custom-made alternatives designed with your garden’s particular dimensions in mind. For instance, you can make your backyard appear wider with a bespoke outdoor table that’s a few inches slimmer than standard ones you’ve seen for sale.
One of the biggest landscaping mistakes you can make in a long, thin garden is to lay a straight path from one end to the other. To make a slim plot appear wider, you need a sweeping path rather than one that runs parallel to the fencing or walls down each side. The curves will add visual interest, helping you to forget about the garden’s narrowness.
Create curved beds and adopt a ‘pick-and-mix’ approach to flowers and shrubs to achieve a variety of colours and textures. The plants will be so enthralling that you’ll never think of your garden as a narrow corridor again – it’ll be a wonderland instead!
If you’d like to put any of these landscaping ideas into action, rest assured that our Surrey landscaping team has the skills to fulfil your outdoor space’s potential. From ponds to patios, fencing to finishing touches – we offer a comprehensive range of landscaping services.
For a magnificent garden makeover, please call Extreme Handyman, Fencing and Decorating Service today on 020 8224 0830 or contact us online.