The long, narrow garden is a common shape that is often considered tricky but a good design can make the most of the space. This garden was part of a new-build development and the builders had provided a tiny patio and new lawn for the sloping site. The clients wanted a garden that would remind them of the countryside. One of the virtues of a long narrow garden is that you can plant trees at the end of the garden without worrying about how their roots might affect the house. The two trees planted at the end of the garden merge with the mature trees beyond the boundary to conceal the boundary and create the illusion that the garden leads into a woodland. Known as ‘dissolving the boundary’, this is a technique often used in Japanese garden designs.
The curving path distracts the eye from the thin rectangle and narrows as it approaches the end of the garden, using perspective to make the end of the path appear further away. The terrace is bounded by a slicing, curved low wall which also distracts from the thin shape. The flower beds bordering the terrace were planted with a profusion of perennials designed to create a long season of flower interest. Climbers and other planting interrupt the long stretches of fence and a small tree provides shade for the terrace.