If you have a garden that is long and narrow it is all too easy to make it look even more slender by by the way you lay out the paths and planting. On the other hand by using a clever design it is equally possible to make a narrow landscape appear wider. I came across these twelve design ideas in an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
With a few clever ideas to expand views and maximize space, narrow lots can look and feel more expansive than they really are. Here are a dozen ways to transform a skinny lot into an inviting garden with room for outdoor entertaining, hidden storage, places to relax and everything else on your garden wish list.1. Create curves. Undulating pathways and planting beds running across a narrow yard can trick the eye into thinking the space is wider. For example, consider this narrow, wedge-shaped garden in Hertfordshire, in southern England. Three circular lawns bordered by stone pathways and verdant planting beds encourage one?s gaze to meander back and forth across the property, making the garden appear larger than it is.2. Go diagonal. Shift the sightline of the garden by laying out walkways, seating areas and planting beds at an angle between 30 and 70 degrees to the house. A diagonal garden layout works much in the same way as a curving pathway to direct a viewer?s gaze and make a narrow garden feel more expansive.
In this contemporary-style garden in San Francisco, the designer laid out the hardscape elements at a 62-degree angle to the house and property fences.