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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

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This tiny beach house has a side yard visible from the street, but this classic lattice gateway provides enough screening to reclaim that space. A tiny Asian inspired space offers seating for one and a beautiful Clematis jackmanii on the fence. Grow food in sideyards wide enough to provide enough sun for flowering vegetables. Using an arbor or lath structure to increase side yard privacy allows you to use an eye-popping focal point viewed every day through door or window. This side yard features a privacy arbor, raised planting beds and a narrow fountain in front of the sliding door. This large lot side yard offers a convenient pea gravel walkway with the focal point in front of the master bedroom French doors. This narrow side yard shows how to disguise the air conditioner, and further down the fountain offers a view from the formal dining room. Well behaved vines with beautiful flowers are highly desirable side yard planting. New technology allows you to plant vertically around a wall fountain for an outstanding side yard view without sacrificing any floor space. Too often builders ignore the view from side yard windows but a good landscape designer can change that. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 View our gallery of side yard pictures
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

This tiny beach house has a side yard visible from the street, but this classic lattice gateway provides enough screening to reclaim that space. A tiny Asian inspired space offers seating for one and a beautiful Clematis jackmanii on the fence. Grow food in sideyards wide enough to provide enough sun for flowering vegetables. Using an arbor or lath structure to increase side yard privacy allows you to use an eye-popping focal point viewed every day through door or window. This side yard features a privacy arbor, raised planting beds and a narrow fountain in front of the sliding door. This large lot side yard offers a convenient pea gravel walkway with the focal point in front of the master bedroom French doors. This narrow side yard shows how to disguise the air conditioner, and further down the fountain offers a view from the formal dining room. Well behaved vines with beautiful flowers are highly desirable side yard planting. New technology allows you to plant vertically around a wall fountain for an outstanding side yard view without sacrificing any floor space. Too often builders ignore the view from side yard windows but a good landscape designer can change that.
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

Link Your Front and Back Yards If you’ve landscaped your front and back yard, link them with an attractive side-yard garden. For the best effect, match the style and use some of the same plants on the side that you do in the front and in the back. Test Garden Tip: Leave a partial view from the front to the back to create an illusion that makes your yard feel larger. Front-Yard Landscaping Ideas Keep your yard as green as it can be with eco-friendly gardening tips.
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

A long, narrow side yard can have an oppressive feel to it. What can you do? Break up the expanse with an object upon which the eye can rest, for relief. One possible object to use for this purpose is a garden arbor. While such a structure can serve an aesthetic purpose even in a large side yard, an arbor will be especially helpful in improving the design in a small side yard.
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

If you’ve landscaped your front and back yard, link them with an attractive side-yard garden. For the best effect, match the style and use some of the same plants on the side that you do in the front and in the back. Test Garden Tip: Leave a partial view from the front to the back to create an illusion that makes your yard feel larger.

Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

Add Some Style Give your side yard a distinct feel from the rest of your landscape. With a couple of fences, you can create a lush cottage garden, a relaxing Zen garden, or a classic country garden — no matter what the rest of your yard looks like.Test Garden Tip: If you’re going to try a new garden style, use a fence or plant shrubs to create a visual barrier so your side yard doesn’t clash with the rest of your landscape.
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

Give your side yard a distinct feel from the rest of your landscape. With a couple of fences, you can create a lush cottage garden, a relaxing Zen garden, or a classic country garden — no matter what the rest of your yard looks like.Test Garden Tip: If you’re going to try a new garden style, use a fence or plant shrubs to create a visual barrier so your side yard doesn’t clash with the rest of your landscape.
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Side Yard Landscaping Ideas

If you’ve landscaped your front and back yard, link them with an attractive side-yard garden. For the best effect, match the style and use some of the same plants on the side that you do in the front and in the back.
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Create a Shady Escape A shaded side yard might seem like a hopeless situation, but you’re not out of luck. Give yourself a secret, shady place to cool off and escape the hot summer sun. Make a path, then plant around it with shade-loving plants suited to your area. Test Garden Tip: Use columnar trees to add shade and height without losing precious horizontal space. Top Shade Plants Side-Yard Garden Plan
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Side yard with a stop. Whether your side yard is the only outdoor space you have, or you just want to carve out a more intimate spot as an addition to a larger backyard, adding a seating area can make the space feel more purposeful. Here, a gently curved path of concrete pavers widens just enough in the center to allow for two chairs.
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Food GardensDepending on the size and exposure of your side yard, it can become a useful source of organic produce. Limited light typical of these slots between buildings won’t support flowering veggies, but they be good for all kinds of salad and pot greens such as kale, lettuce or arugula. The same applies for some root crops such as radishes and carrots. In warm climates where greens bolt into flower prematurely or become bitter due to dry air, high temperatures or extreme UV, a side yard becomes the problem solving location for these crops.
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Creating narrow planting strips or raised beds in the side yard is a fine sustainable idea for new homes. If you’re lucky enough to have a south facing exposure, you may be able to grow other food plants too. Plan for piping automatic sprinklers or a drip system so this garden thrives with little attention. When beds are set against the house rather than the fence, the plants are not visible from side yard windows, which means you don’t have t look at the end of the season frost-killed plants.
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Give your side yard a distinct feel from the rest of your landscape. With a couple of fences, you can create a lush cottage garden, a relaxing Zen garden, or a classic country garden — no matter what the rest of your yard looks like.
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Side yards are more than just a link from front yard to back. For smaller lots, this narrow strip is vital outdoor space that must be included in the overall design. Large lot side yards are a great opportunity to add diversity to the landscape. If you’re spatially challenged, insist your designer consider these five potential opportunities for utilizing these long, narrow spaces.
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Window ViewsExcept for those rooms in the front and back of your house, the rest of the windows open onto a side yard view. This features the perimeter fence or wall and the neighbor’s house and windows, which is why most people keep their shades drawn. But if you design your side yards properly you’ll open the drapes to a beautiful tableau and let the sun shine in every day.
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Some people hang tapestries on their hallway walls. And some people line their side garden with a textural privacy screen that resembles a fabric tapestry. This narrow side garden has a lot going for it: 1. the gravel walk is contained with a slender metal edging on either side, 2. the bamboo is densely planted, but maintained like a hedge and 3. uplighting, subtle but effective, adds drama after dark.
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A shaded side yard might seem like a hopeless situation, but you’re not out of luck. Give yourself a secret, shady place to cool off and escape the hot summer sun. Make a path, then plant around it with shade-loving plants suited to your area.
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Leave Yourself a Work Area If you screen it with a fence or shrubbery, no one has to see your side yard — so it’s a perfect place for a potting bench or makeshift nursery. Place new plants in holding beds until you decide where to put them or to start delicate new plants. Test Garden Tip: Save space by storing old potting mix, tools, etc., under your potting bench. If you buy or build one with doors, you can hide these items from view when not in use so you can keep it tidy. Create a Potting Bench

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