Side yards are normally overlooked by the homeowners and gardeners.You will easily spot the “side yards” with their tall fences or dense-growing evergreen screens between homes as some of the most underutilized areas in the landscape.

Side yards are those tricky areas between a house and its property line. Most of us use these areas merely as passageways between the front and back yards, a place for the air-conditioning unit or the storage of trash and recycling containers.Generally, grass doesn’t grow well there, and the scraggly bits that do are a nuisance to cut.

Many homeowners simply put their blinders on and resignedly tolerate the area. But one must understand that every square foot of outdoor property is horticulturally valuable.

Small, narrow side yards can be perplexing to gardeners who don’t know which plants and trees work in a constricted space. The good news is that not only can you find appropriate plants for these small garden areas, you can also design a narrow yard to look and feel much larger that it actually is.

With the addition of structures such as arbors and gates and wisely chosen plants that complement, but won’t overtake the already limited space, that little corridor can become more than just a trampled path between the front and back yards; it can become a garden.

Gorgeous side yard could be carved out with the beautifully landscaped front and back yard, linked perfectly with an attractive side yard garden. You may also explore the possibilities for an alternative to grass, opting for a mixture of crushed gravel and stone, which is easy on the eye, a breeze to keep up, and contrasts nicely with the plants without competing for attention.

A winding path, rather than a straight one, makes this narrow space feel less like a bowling alley and more like a secret garden. And since the area slopes toward the back, flat top boulders act as gradual stepping stones.

Adding height and textures to the side yards is really important. You may also prefer going for vertical gardening techniques. A fence lining the walkway gives vines a place to climb and a romantic trellis at the front adds height, drawing the eye upward.

Too many colors would make a small space look rather messy, so better keep the side yard primarily in green tones, concentrating on interesting leaf shapes and textures, which is simple and clean, yet quite lovely.

You should also layer the small space with a few well chosen, upright trees, bulbs, and ground covers that play up the bit of contrasting foliage.

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