Make the Most of an L-Shaped Garden

Is an L-shaped garden tricky to deal with? Yes. Are there stylish landscaping solutions? Definitely!
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L of a Design

Good-quality materials and different levels create interest in this wonderful garden. A series of rectangles links a narrow section with the main garden, and strikes a balance between plants and decking.

Decking Squares

The “foot” of the L-shape has been dealt with by giving it a focal point in a statue. The link with the rest of the garden is maintained with squares of decking laid in different directions leading through the space.

Mod Front Yard

This modern home takes on the challenge of an irregular house structure and driveway that extend into the yard. Well-spaced plantings and a staggered pathway cut to fit the curve of the driveway looks great without detracting from the beauty of the home.

L-Shaped Lawn

With its acute angles, this corner garden presents a very particular problem. The lawn and gravel areas create an essentially square central space, while beds hug the hard landscaping, deflecting the focus away from the awkward triangles.

Add Raised Beds

Fill the awkward area in your lawn with custom-built raised beds. Create a walkway between the beds by putting down mulch, straw, gravel or even pavers.

Kidney Shaped Lawn

A curvaceous, kidney-shaped lawn laid around the house unifies the different sections of the garden. Triangular beds created between the lawn and the boundaries have been filled with mixed plantings to disguise the angular corners.

Use Evergreens

Conifers like cypresses and cedars make great privacy screens, but in L-shaped yards (especially ones that wrap around corners of the home) try using them to break up your yard into different sections.

Poolside

This gorgeous home features a pool that opens up to a lush lawn. A collection of trees, flowering shrubs and groundcover plants line the retaining walls and side of the home, creating a cozy feel in this big space.

Embrace Curves

A curved pathway helps create a natural flow into different areas of the yard that can make an L-shaped yard feel bigger.

Dual Lawns

Straight lines edged with brick define two rectangular lawns and create graphic, year-round interest. The two sections of the “L” are unified with a single focal point set into a square of gravel.

Make an Entryway

If you've been neglecting your side yard, try turning it into a low-maintenance entryway into your garden. In this space, bamboo rolls run vertically with black painted lattice, creating an effective Japanese theme in this private backyard garden. The gravel and wood pathway, with help from potted and easy-care plants, make this nook a breeze to maintain.

Taming the L

This Jamie Durie makeover transformed the homeowners L-shaped yard into an asset, creating a raised deck and dining area, covered patio and garden path leading to the fire pit and hot tub.

Create a Retreat

Carving out a formal path that leads to a bench can turn a dead end into a beautiful courtyard. Adding evergreen shrubs and hardy perennials eliminates the need for grass. Try adding a water feature like a fountain or a small pond for extra garden eye candy.