5Narrow SHADY SIDE YARD
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.