on March 18th 2013.
A common garden shape in town gardens is a long, thin rectangle. This can result in a narrow, claustrophobic feeling to the space. However there are methods to take advantage of this shape.
A common mistake is to have a large lawn with narrow borders either side, sparsely planted, with the aim of creating a feeling of space. However the result is merely a garden that accentuates the narrowness of its boundaries. It may seem counter-intuitive but making the plant borders wider and planting them generously with plants of varying shapes and heights will break up the edges of the garden and create the impression of depth. Dividing the garden into separate areas, or 'rooms', will break up the length of the garden, increasing interest.
Long thin gardens are perfect candidates for creating rooms. This allows different areas to be created in the garden each with a different purpose and feel. These can include an area to entertain, a secluded retreat, a wildlife area, a vegetable plot, the possibilities are endless. Large shrubs, garden screening and trellis are just some of the methods to divide up your garden.
Linking the Rooms
A path or a lawn that flow through the rooms will link the areas encouraging people to explore your garden. Curving these paths, rather than just using straight ones, will make the garden seem wider and give the feeling of going on a journey through the garden.
Any type of planting scheme can be used in a long thin garden. Using a variety of different plants will add interest to your garden. Try to include different foliage and texture of plants as well as flowers. Using some evergreen plants will ensure the structure of the garden is retained even in winter.