Transforming a narrow space into a green paradise – 60 creative ideas for your ‘side yard’ landscape

These side yard ideas will help you transform this often dead outdoor space into a fully functional and beautiful area for all to enjoy. Side yards are inherently tricky spaces. Often narrow and somewhat dark, they can end up being neglected or even completely unused.

With increased interest in making yards an extension of the home, more homeowners are adding outdoor spaces dedicated to eating, cooking, and relaxing.

Since urban lots are shrinking, every square inch is at a premium. While front and back yards get most of the attention, side yards tend to be neglected, becoming wasted space.

A side yard is primarily seen as a route between the front and back yards. The area tends to be dark and narrow and present unique design challenges, so the potential to create an attractive and functional space is often missed.

It’s no secret that the side-yard is sometimes overlooked as an important part of residential landscaping. “Often neglected, seldom perfected” might easily apply as its mantra.

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Credit: Pinterest, Threeroots Landscape architect and Consultant

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