Small Garden Design: Curves in the garden make it look wider


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The basic idea here is to show you that with only very few plants you can make your garden appear wider. In the image below, the garden is dominated by the view of the fence and there are a few plants around the edges.

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So what do you see?  Well, what is most noticeable is where the garden boundaries are, your eyes follow the top line of the fence which defines the boundary. 

In order to make the garden appear wider, you need to stop your eye being drawn to the long straight lines of the fence.  It has to have something to distract it from the dominance of the fence and the lawn. The easiest way to achieve this is to close in the near view, and break the fence line by allowing plants to grow that rise above it.

Make the Garden appear Wider:

In the redesign, the lawn grows right up to the fences on either side, straight away the garden appears wider. It’s pretty easy to mow right up to the edges these days, but if your mower leaves an strip, a strimmer will remove any untidy bits.  

widened garden

4 shaped beds have been planted in each corner, which are then planted. The plants used need to grow upwards rather than outwards to maximise your available space.

The tall planting narrows your view at this end of the garden. The effect created when you stand at the back door, narrows your view close up. As the grass moves outward from the front beds, you are ‘tricked’ into thinking the width is greater

To reduce the visual impact of the fence, paint it black. This has the effect of making it seem further away, thus helping to make the garden appear bigger.  Depending on the exact shape of the garden, you can make these  beds bigger or change the angle from the fence.

THe end of the fence is still a dominant feature. To improve this a focal point should be added. This could be a beautiful climber, a large pot or a collection of pots, a sculpture, a statue or a table and chairs. If you are thinking about something ‘artistic’ make sure it is large enough, if it’s too small it will look out of scale.

Curves in the garden make the garden appear wider as long as you use a bit of height as well.

Read also:

How to Design my Garden if…..:

It’s all weeds

It’s a city garden

The garden is really narrow

Small! – you couldn’t even ‘swing a cat’

I still have no idea where to begin

I would like the garden to be less boring!

Also : Garden Design for Beginners – help and useful advice on how to get going

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