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Got a long, narrow garden? Ideas to make the most of your outdoor space

Our best long, narrow garden ideas to help you take full advantage of the space you've got.


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key Steps

  • Use mirrors to reflect your flowers and give the illusion of a bigger space.

  • Grow upwards instead of outwards with tall perennials and climbers.

  • Pick multi-functional garden furniture for a long, narrow garden: try ideas like ottoman benches.

  • Choose fewer, bigger pots to make a narrow garden feel less cluttered.

Living in the city is great, but it often means smaller homes and gardens. This is especially true of terraced properties, which usually have a long, narrow garden. While this space might seem awkward at first, there are ways to plan your garden to take advantage of these proportions. Take some inspiration from our long, narrow garden ideas to help you fall in love with the space you've got.

When planting in your long, narrow garden, consider growing flowers and plants which will grow vertically such as clematis, to draw the eye upwards.

Tips and tricks to perfect long, narrow garden design

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If you have a narrow garden, you might be in need of a few extra ideas to make it look inviting and in balance. Here are a few of our favourite long, narrow garden ideas to help you fall in love with your garden:

  1. Use mirrors to make the space feel bigger. Using mirrors means you can reflect the flowers and plants you grow, giving the illusion of a wider, bigger space.

  2. Plant a narrow garden with big pots. Using smaller pots can cause your garden to feel cluttered and claustrophobic. Instead, invest in a few large pots with a variety of plants in to keep your garden tidy.

  3. Try removing tree and shrub skirts. These are the lower leaves and branches of the greenery growing in your garden. By changed the level of the bottom of shrubs and more, you can use the space below to add a little extra to your space.

  4. Plant narrow flower beds. Just because your garden is narrow, doesn’t mean that you can’t have pretty flower beds in place. For a long garden, ideas for planting narrow beds that can look extra lovely include honeysuckle, lavender and belladonna lily.

  5. Grow vertically. There are plenty of tall perennials that will help to draw the eye upwards giving the illusion of a bigger space, and which won’t take up a wide area. Choose plants such as fox gloves or wild irises and climbers like jasmine. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on garden upkeep, visit our guide for planting a low maintenance garden.

  6. Avoid too much colour. Whilst a wild array of colour in your garden may be exciting, it can be an assault on the senses and make your garden feel cluttered. In a long, narrow garden, design should be calm and neutral to create a feeling of space.

  7. Invest in multi-functional garden furniture. To make the most of the space you have available, especially if you don’t have space for a shed, choose multi-functional furniture. This can include ottoman benches or raised flower beds with drawers.

There are so many long garden ideas to make the most of the space that you have. Plus, for more ideas on making limited outdoor spaces look wonderful, have a read of our best ideas for small balconies!

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