5Nar­row SHADY SIDE YARD

Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - How-to -

side yards don’t have to be des­o­late. the main fea­ture is usu­ally a path down the cen­tre but putting it by the house with the gar­den on the out­side can ben­e­fit both. if you’re bring­ing wheel­bar­rows, lawn mow­ers, etc., through, in­stall a smooth-sur­faced path at least a me­tre wide. Oth­er­wise, a brick, stone or gravel path, ei­ther straight or me­an­der­ing, will be pleas­ing. to avoid the tun­nel ef­fect, break up the space with ver­ti­cal plants, trel­lises or even a small pa­tio area. max­i­mize lim­ited plant­ing space by us­ing climbers, es­paliered forms and con­tain­ers; choose shade­lov­ing plants; and pick pale tones for pavers, gravel and painted sur­faces.

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