Design tips awkwardly shaped gardens. These types of gardens can be challenging so layout is important.
What would you consider to be an awkwardly shaped garden? I’d include triangular or tapered and most probably L-Shaped.
Have you ever wondered how on earth to deal with and make the most of that strange shape of a garden you’ve got? Well, here’s a few design tips.
TRIANGULAR AND TAPERED GARDENS
When designing a triangular shaped garden one of the difficult areas to deal with is that ‘pointy’ bit usually at the bottom of the garden. A waste of space particularly if you have a smaller garden. However, don’t neglect that difficult far corner as it could be put to good use as the utility area. If screened well, it could house the garden shed, a composting area or the garden wheelie bin.
If your garden has lots of angles as it does in a triangular shaped garden, take the eye away from them by using circles or curves. It will also make the garden space appear larger than it is.
It’s not just rear gardens, front gardens can be triangular in shape too. This may cause problems for positioning garages and for parking. The illustration shows an awkward garden shape used to accommodate all requirements; the new single garage is positioned next to the house with wheelie bin storage to the side. There is plenty of parking for two good sized cars plus two garden areas. One is positioned behind trellised screening in the ‘pointy’ bit of the triangle and the other in front of the property entrance and viewed from the house window.
This illustration shows a large triangular shaped garden which wraps around the rear of the property. The top ‘pointy’ area has again been used for locating the garden composting bins and general storage all hidden behind a substantial trellis screen. Then, some strong diagonals and lots of planting have been included into the design to trick the eye away from the long boundary. The lower right hand section is designed as a Japanese garden which is viewed from the downstairs bedroom windows.
Depending upon the size of the ‘L’ which is usually the slimmest part, this can sometimes be wasted space. In some cases it can be a passageway from patio or French doors from the house into the garden or views from a window. If it’s not to be used for either of these then use it for storage or perhaps a small play area. If it is to be used as part of the overall design then make sure it’s attractive to walk through or look at.