Small garden, patio, city garden, detached garden… The exteriors bordered by surrounding buildings sometimes take very narrow shapes.
It's not easy to develop a long garden! Discover 5 tips for taming a long, linear exterior!
- Develop a small garden
- Develop a garden without breaking the bank
- Make a small vegetable garden
- Develop a large garden
- Make an original garden
Delimit several small spaces
To break up the dizzying length of the garden, the ideal is to cut it into several small corners. To do this, we create different living spaces that we distinguish with various materials.
At the edge of the house, a terrace serves as the first reception area with a table for alfresco dining. A wooden or stone slab terrace then gives way to a gravel path lined with plants.
We arrive at a second space with a cozy garden furniture, structured by a pergola. A second driveway provides access to a small lawn serving as a recreational area and which can be decorated with a swimming pool. This type of structured arrangement makes it possible to take advantage of the entire length of this contemporary garden.
Structure the different rooms
Terraces, lawn, swimming pool… As in the house, these arrangements offer a variety of uses ranging from reception to relaxation, including leisure. Once these spaces have been defined, they must be structured with the help of screening panels, hedges and climbing plants. These arrangements will then obstruct the view and create a small cocoon that will make you forget the narrow dimension of your exterior. For hedges, then use evergreen shrubs such as privet, pittosporum or Mexican orange. Their evergreen, shiny foliage is accompanied by fragrant white or purple flowers. As for climbing plants, ivy or a star jasmine will not fail to dress your trellises both in the shade and in the sun. If you prefer privacy screens, don't hesitate to choose decorative, colorful and original panels!
A vegetable patch
The vegetable garden combines the useful with the pleasant! In addition to offering you beautiful harvests, it allows you to redefine your outdoor space. Rather than squares, go for rectangles. They will undo this linear aspect when placed perpendicular to the longest side of the garden. They can even take the whole width, as long as there are aisles to cross it.
Then guide some of your vegetable plants in climbers such as beans or squash. You go then save floor space and obtain a beautiful vegetated volume. To serve as a tutor, do not hesitate to use corn that is combined with beans and squash (Cucurbita maxima) in combination of culture.
Play on multiple levels
Sloping gardens have every interest in arranging several flat terraces. Thus, they really benefit from their green space which offers different uses. If your garden is flat, you can also level the ground to create multiple heights.
Let's take the five small spaces: dining terrace, driveway, garden furniture, driveway, lawn. It is quite possible to imagine the dining terrace at the same level as the house, then an alley below to reach a high garden furniture.
The earth cleared on one level will be used to fill another! By setting up these level games, you will no longer even perceive your garden in length but will take advantage of several cocooning arrangements.
Surrounded by plants
Planting plants all around the garden allows you to blur its interminable length. Flower beds teeming with perennials, grasses and shrubs will immerse you in a real vegetal cocoon.
Don't hesitate to mix textures like the lightness of Deschampsia with the geometry of ornamental garlic bulbs. Place large evergreen shrubs in the background like an Eleagnus and dress the front of the bed with helxine in the shade and sagebrush in the sun.
Add flowering plants to color it all: rudbeckias, campanulas, lupins, asters, gauras, achileas ...