Narrow Garden Ideas

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Narrow Garden Ideas
Potted plants work well for a narrow garden. (garden image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Having a small space for a garden does not mean that your options have to be limited. Enjoy all the benefits of a large garden combined with the beauty of nature in a smaller size. Choose plantings that won't overwhelm the space to create the illusion of a larger layout.

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Garden Wall

Garden walls in a narrow garden provide an opportunity for additional growing space. Vines like morning glory are planted at the base and trained to grow straight up the wall. Plant air plants within the wall, and enjoy a creative way to add bursts of colour without the need for soil. Hang small potted plants at the top of the wall for additional growing room that doesn't take up space on the ground. Place potted herb plants on the wall to maximise growing space.

Add Height

When dealing with a narrow garden, it is important to draw the eye upwards to avoid a claustrophobic feeling. Plant tall trees like Japanese Maples or fruit trees if space allows. Add a pergola, which adds a traditional look while allowing more space for vines to grow. Stagger taller plants in the back of the garden and work forward with shorter plants to make the most of the space. Planting on raised beds made with rocks also raise the roof on your garden. Adding a flagpole to a small garden adds height and takes up little space.

Divide the Garden

Splitting the garden into three or four different sections helps counteract the "closed-in" feeling. Divide them into themes--for instance, an herb garden, flower garden and a section dedicated to storage for gardening tools. Borders are created using hedges, ornamental grass, panels or columns. Shrubs serve as borders too; consider a small type such as arbor vitae, which is an evergreen bush that keeps its leaves year round.

Plant Containers

Plant containers are available in a variety of sizes to custom fit your narrow garden. They provide flexibility in placement while taking minimal ground space, and offer limitless possibilities for flower selection. Place smaller flowers around larger ones, instead of solely using large plants. Line small plants in front of your garden wall or hedge for added growing space.

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