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Planning Side Yard Gardens

Depending on how your house sits on the property, you may be faced with a narrow side yard. While some people see side yards as a challenge, they can be a great design opportunity.

A linear feature like a dry creek bed or a trellised archway at one end will draw the eye through the space and make it feel larger.

Add crushed gravel or mulch to create a natural and low-maintenance path. Choose tall but narrow plants that maintain their form like 'Sky Pencil' holly or clumping bamboo to create effective screens along the property line.

If your side yard gets good sun, you could even install a raised bed and create a kitchen garden, or create an herb garden using a series of containers.

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