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Less is more in this utilitarian walk along the outside of a home clad in corrugated metal siding. The path is paved in easy-care decomposed granite, making it easy to navigate. The plantings are elevated to eye level, thanks to the low lumber retaining wall. Bamboo is a good choice because its roots are contained. Plus, it's an easy plant to maintain with hedge clippers.
Over the top, yes. But that's the fun thing about designing a side garden. You have the element of surprise in your favor. I doubt that many of us would think of placing two huge pedestal urns along a walkway, and then planting them with tropicals and palms that spill over the rim. The treatment works here, allowing the designer to feature plants that would otherwise obstruct the path if used at ground level. Instead, seasonal begonias and compact ground covers decorate the base of each urn.
If your narrow side garden is blah, here's a planted wall that will inspire you to rethink that ugly fence or concrete block wall. There are several products, such as Woolly Pockets, available for creating a pocket-style planting system. And once you find the right solution for your vertical space, you can instantly turn ordinary into extraordinary. Lush, tropical plants give this side garden a definite point of view. It's a showstopper!
Turn a Wider Side Yard Into a Gorgeous Garden Room