Design Tips 101 – Urban Garden
A lot of questions we get at lectures have to do with making small spaces feel larger so I thought I’d post about an urban garden that does just that. When we started, the back yard of this single city lot had a low fence and garage at the far back. It was very open to views from neighbors and felt long and narrow.
Several key design strategies changed the garden into an intimate outdoor room:
1: Segmenting a long narrow space into smaller spaces that have specific purposes make the overall space feel larger. Here you can see three separate seating areas, each with their own focal points.
2: Using changes in paving (here, we used brick set within bluestone) can help visually highlight parts of the room, just like a rug does indoors.
3: Reuse Recycle! It’s the same garage, but it’s upgraded to include a retractable awning that gives shade (and privacy) to those in the seating area. The new, 6’ high wall links the garage to the rest of the garden and makes it feel intimate and private. Iron flower pot holders bored into the façade allows for a wall of green that can easily be replanted to suit your mood.
4. Vertical evergreens are great for screening views you don’t want to see and help your garden look great all year round!
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