Landscaping a Shallow, Wide Yard

Give depth to a shallow space with diagonal lines and a central focal point.
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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Garden Symmetry

A simple idea is sometimes the best. Squares of boxwood set in a symmetrical pattern create a quirky display that keeps the focus in the center of the yard.

Elliptical Center

Based on the diagonal line and smooth oval shape, a shallow, wide yard creates an interesting optical illusion. Obeying the fundamental rules of design, skewing the perspective deflects attention away from the back fence.

Elegant Diamonds

Using squares layered on top of each other and set on their sides redefines the whole garden space and generates a new energy. The materials and right angles also help to direct the eye away from the perimeter.

Sweeping S Shape

Elongating an S-shape across the garden has the same effect as running it down the center, diverting the focus and making the most of the space. Wide stepped terrace leads down to the lawn and across to a gazebo.