How To Make The Most Of Your Side Yard

How To Make The Most Of Your Side Yard

 

As you’re making your gardening plans it’s easy to forget about side yards. They’re often narrow and utilitarian, but they also can offer a pleasant way to pass from front yard to back without having to cut through the house.

While we’ve looked at side yard ideas before, designers are constantly coming up with new ways to tap their potential. Here are some of the special touches found around the side of the house lately.

 

1. Symmetrical style. White agapanthus accentuates two lines of cut bluestone pavers along this beautiful side yard.

2. A place to stop. A bench facing a slope planted with flowers is a nice place to hide out and have a quiet moment.

 

3. Meandering path. There was just enough room between the hedges and the house to fit a path with an organic shape in there. Jagged pavers and moss that will grow in between give it magical woodsy appeal. And the pleasing trickle of the fountain draws people back this way.

4. Fantastic stairs. A sloped site can be a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity for grand stairs. This one includes terraced stone retaining walls and steps that match boulders found on the site.

5. An outdoor room. By nestling this table next to the edge of the property, it feels more intimate and protected. It’s also convenient to the door that leads into the kitchen.

6. Tantalizing focal point. This is an opulent side yard, but it offers an idea for smaller versions. The path becomes an axis leading to a fountain at the end of it. Flanking it in mounding grasses and crape myrtle trees provides a sense of grandeur and procession.

 

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