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#1 busymum01

Posted 17 September 2019 - 10:09 AM

Hi EB folks, I'm desperately hoping someone will hold my hand here and tell me everything will be FINE...

We're looking at taking a sea-change and building a new home on what seems a tiny 597m2 block (compared to our rural living of the past 20 years). And I'm properly starting to panic at not being able to have a usable garden.

As luck would have it, we're not millionaires and this is the largest block we can afford in the development. The house plan we like, when taking the setbacks into account will mean there's roughly 5m x 17m front yard, 2.5m x 17m running along the back of the house and a 30m x 5m run up the side of the house of which all of our living areas and alfresco look out to.

We will need to fence from the side of the house to the side boundary as we have a dog. All of our children bar one teenager have left home so there's no need for trampolines or cubby houses. BUT my question is if anyone else has a similar sized long, narrow space, I'd love to see it. Or if you can talk me down from the ledge and say yes, you totally can have neat manicured lawn and a hedge, it'll BE FINE and not look stupid. That'd be great too. xx

Shiiiiite! :(

#2 Just Jack

Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:31 PM

It will be fine ☺ Our block is smaller than that, and out garden is great (or could look lovely if we spent any time maintaining it) Get a garden designer in if you're worried ☺

#3 busymum01

Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:13 PM

Thanks Just Jack, you're right. I'm just flipping out at it being very different space to what I'm used to. AND BREATHE. ;)

#4 MsLaurie

Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:49 PM

It will totally be fine! Do some searches on Pinterest for “small gardens” or “tiny gardens”- you have oodles of space compared to many!
Think about using your vertical space in the narrow section- colourful creepers on the fence, layered narrow plants, maybe espaliered trees if you like that formal look? Underplantings of annuals for a bit of variation and pops of colour. Lots of options!

#5 busymum01

Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:05 PM

 MsLaurie, on 17 September 2019 - 02:49 PM, said:

It will totally be fine! Do some searches on Pinterest for “small gardens” or “tiny gardens”- you have oodles of space compared to many!
Think about using your vertical space in the narrow section- colourful creepers on the fence, layered narrow plants, maybe espaliered trees if you like that formal look? Underplantings of annuals for a bit of variation and pops of colour. Lots of options!

I LOVE those ideas MsLaurie. I can say with 100% certainty there will be a LOT of time invested into Pinterest. ;)

We have two bedroom windows and a family room glass door that open to the 3m deep section and I predict looking out to the neighbour's retaining wall isn't going to be great. I love the look of criss-cross creeping star jasmine, so I'm hoping that might grow in there. I doubt grass will grow in the space so pebbles and stepping pavers for the ground.

#6 can'tstayaway

Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:28 PM

I get it. We moved from average to an inner city block. It will be fine. It’s just about changing your expectations of what is a garden.

Check out Houzz for ideas. I used the principles of Japanese gardens to help shift my expectations. Don’t try and just miniaturise a large garden to a smaller block. It can look odd.

We don’t have any lawn because the yard isn’t large enough for the kids to kick a ball around and it would be too piddly to use. We have deep garden beds and layers to create the illusion of depth and generosity.

My priority is for the garden to be low maintenance and tough enough to survive kids and the dog. I mix trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials and annuals together to create interest all year round.

#7 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:37 PM

we had a 5m wide yard. It was small, there is no escaping that.   what we did was, put in a garden bed along the length of it, that was about 1m wide.  The garden bed was raised (due to the fall of the land) and we put a bench seat along the length of it.  So we ended up with a huge long garden bed, that went around a corner, and enough seating for a big party.  Super convenient.  Part of the garden bed was dedicated to a vegetable patch,  part was citrus trees (the sunniest section, note that sun wont reach all parts of your garden all year, if at all, when your wall is so close to your fence line, especially if you are 2 storey) and the rest was decorative, camellias and grassy things and some pear trees for screening.

in the 4m between the house and the bench seat we either had decking or a narrow lawn.  Deck all the way to the garden bed, it maximises space.

it was a bit like the second picture on this web page, but the garden bed wall was at bench seat height. https://hipages.com....narrow_backyard

#8 busymum01

Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:15 PM

You guys are the BEST, thank you for reassuring me. I can't wait to chat all things #gardeninspo to my huz tonight until his ears bleed and he begs me to stop. :D

#9 Burro

Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:25 PM

There are often some extended and renovated inner city melbourne homes with tiny back gardens or gardens along the side. Search Fitzroy, Clifton hill or Northcote.

These ones are all about the side garden.



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