The Straight and Narrow: Landscaping Ideas for Skinny Spaces

Troubleshooting ideas for a problematic narrow garden space.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Shaded Garden Space Ideal for Feathery Ferns

The space below overhead wooden beams in this narrow garden is the perfect place for feathery ferns and trailing plants that tumble over the garden wall.

Variety of Plants Soften Masonry Corner

A hard masonry corner of a garden space is softened with hanging plants and pots of annuals giving the area the appearance of a plant show.

Mature Tree Enhanced to Further Garden Focus

A mature tree provides a focal point at the end of the pathway in this narrow townhouse garden.

Stepped Planters Maximize Space in Narrow Garden

Raised beds set in copper containers offer a crisp neat look in this narrow city garden.

Stone Steps Sofened by Foliage Borders

Oversized stone steps leading through a narrow space are softened by foliage borders.

Mirrored Wall Reflects Light in Garden

A mirror on the rear wall of this small space is a trick to reflect the plantings and make them appear to be twice the amount. Two yellow stemmed bamboo plants appear as four by reflection.

Plants Balances Surrounding Structural Walls

Plants with strong architectural forms often thrive in a shady garden, as in this basement garden where they also contrast well with the surrounding walls.

Narrow Garden Space of Townhouse

This very narrow space on the side of a townhouse is made more interesting by using an interesting paving pattern with tiles and pea gravel, plus a variety of plants in pots.

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