Ideas for that Narrow Space in Between Suburban Homes


Not everyone has the land available to create a grand entrance to their back garden.If you live in a suburban community, it is very likely that there are two narrow alleyways that lie between your home and that of your nearest neighbours. These awkward strips of property present the gardener with a number of challenges. With high walls on either side, they can feel down right claustrophobic. Lack of
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The entrance to your back garden is often one of the first things visitors will see, so why not make it pretty?
Here a Clematis vine overtop of a gate invite you into the backyard.
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What a like about this side entrance is the mix of materials. The path is edged with a contrasting stone and blue-grey pebbles have been used to "mulch" the planting beds (see next photo).
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ideas for that narrow space in between suburban homes, flowers, gardening, hydrangea, landscape
This homeowner has made a small courtyard with a winding path of flagstones.
See more of this garden:
http://threedogsinagarden.blogspot.ca/2013/05/a-small-garden-with-pretty-pond.html
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The walkway to this backyard looks wonderfully neat and tidy. Tall cedars offer privacy and red cedar mulch injects a hint of color at the feet of the plantings.
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Brightly colored pots of annuals draw your eye down the narrow passageway from the back to front gardens in this suburban home.
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A pergola covered with vines lead the way to this home's backyard.
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This pergola creates a bit of shade for a swinging bench. It also provides cover for the barbecue that is located opposite the bench and near the side door to the kitchen.
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Another view of the swinging bench.
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This space is a bit larger than some of the side yards I have shown, but it is still less than 15' between the side of the house and the fence that marks the property's outer edge.
One of the smart things I think this creative gardener has done is to incorporate an 'Annabelle' hydrangea with big, eye catching white flowers. The flowers are elegant and makes the small space feel grander than it is.
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At the entrance to the back garden is a lovely gate. It obstructs the view of the back garden and creates a little bit of mystery.
See more of this garden:http://threedogsinagarden.blogspot.ca/2013/08/a-few-ideas-from-griessers-mid-summer.html
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  • Marlene H
    on Apr 17, 2014

    May I have some FYI on growing vines for porch shade? Loving the idea! Salt Lake, UT

    • Three Dogs in a Garden
      on Apr 17, 2014

      @Marlene H Hi Marlene, Just a bit of clarification please: Are you growing a vine to shade your porch or are you looking to grow trailing plants in a container or perhaps you want to put a vine in a pot on your shady porch?

  • Jann Olson
    on Apr 18, 2014

    Wonderful ideas! We have a narrow space that is mostly lawn. Thinking of changing it into a path. Thanks for sharing!

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