Posted: 16/07/2017 at 09:13
We had a shallow, wide garden and your right it's much easier finding suggestions for long and narrow. I suppose we effectively took those ideas and turned them on their side : )
I didn't like been able to see all the garden at once so we divided it into separate areas using planting so that it encouraged you to walk into the garden and you couldnt see across the whole width from every window. The patio ran across the back of the house and then we extended and shaped the borders so that they seperated the patio from the lawn except for an entrance at each end opposite our French doors and split the lawn into two separate areas using planting and an arch. We positioned the arch so that the two main windows looked onto different garden areas - this meant the areas were different sizes but I felt this gave it more interest. We used similar planting in the border between the two areas but the main planting within each area was different.
You can create more depth in a garden by using shapea on the diagonal and placing a focal point in the far corners - this draws the eye along a longer line and tricks the brain into thinking the space isn't deeper than it really is. We put a second small seating area in one corner.
if you want a naturalistic style you could use trees to create the divide and screen areas from the house Instead or an arch or trellis.
John Brookes design books are very good - maybe you could get one from your local library or cheap on Amazon. He has two I have used a lot "Garden Design" and one on designs for small gardens - very easy to read and understand, but expert tips and advice.
Last edited: 16 July 2017 09:15:05