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How to Design Landscapes for Narrow Gardens

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Narrow Gardens by a Landscape Gardener

Narrow gardens present a great challenge when designing and building and this can be overcome by some imaginative ideas such as:

  • Introduction of curves
  • Changes in levels
  • Water features
  • Planting

Firstly when planning any landscape gardening project you need to carry out a thorough detailed survey and take photos to remind yourself of any aspects of the original garden.

Then begin the design process starting from the inside (the heart of the garden) and work outwards. Do not design a garden around the boundaries or you will only reflect the boundary lines, keep playing with curves, lines and junctions until you are happy with the flow.

When designing the garden be mindful of the client brief, this is about the most important part as not listening to the client will result in a design they will never be satisfied with and subsequently you are unlikely to be successful in sealing the contract for the build.

Small narrow gardens are great fun to work with as you can achieve so much and introduce many features and aspects to create an interesting garden design.

From the above pictures you can see how the curved path takes your eye away from the straight boundary lines and leads you down the garden, once the blocking structural shrubs, that are located in strategic positions, fully develop will change the aspect once again and give the impression of ‘what’s down the path and around the corner’.
Here we have many features that the client wished for such as:

  • Raised shrub borders
  • Water feature
  • No lawn
  • Substantial terrace for entertaining
  • White, blue and pink planting
  • New fencing
  • Aggregate pathway (8mm – 10mm Scottish pebbles)
  • Textured paving (Indian Sandstone)

This garden was designed by Paul Bentley MBALI MSGD and constructed by a Landsape Gardener in September 2011.

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