A Guide To Long Narrow Garden Design
This VideoJug clip features garden designer Linsey Evans, who provides helpful tips on how to design a long narrow garden.
The main problem with long narrow gardens is you get that very claustrophobic feeling - as though you're standing in a long, low corridor. All you can see are the garden boundaries. And what you need to do is to trick the eye into focusing on other areas of the garden - away from the garden boundaries.
Try dividing the garden into separate spaces. Create distinct areas. Dividing the garden into three is often very effective.
You can give each area a different purpose and create a different atmosphere in each one. For example, one area might be a relaxed and formal seating area - somewhere that catches the evening sun. Give it a loose, cottage-style planting scheme.
Another area could be an herb and vegetable garden - a place for sheds and composters with a much more workman-like feel. Another area might be a formal dining area for eating out with friends and family. Each space can be landscaped and planted differently, and just using the hard materials to link them together - for example, using the same paving slab for paths, patios, and stepping stones.
The divisions within the garden do not have to be hard. Walls work well, but they need a large budget for their construction. You can use hedging, a pergola, trellis panels, or simply a line of posts.
There are many options, and the idea is to stop the eye and break up the space, creating more interest. Use circular shapes which focus the eye into the center of the garden - away from the boundaries. So, try putting in a circular lawn or a circular seating area.
Also, setting the plan on a diagonal helps to draw the eye across the garden and give the impression of greater width. Create some height in the garden. Put in some trees and taller plants to achieve this.
This helps minimize that closed-in feeling. Pergolas are good too - plus they give space for that much-needed extra planting. Use an S-shaped path.
This helps draw attention away from the boundaries, and gives a more interesting journey. Try putting some taller plants or trees in the deep curves of the S to create informal divisions and stop the eye. So, those are just a few ideas on designing a long narrow garden scheme. .