Basic Landscaping Ideas for Side Yards

The side yard is the transition zone for a residential property which links the house to the landscape. It is sometimes the most neglected space in your garden or yard and can be renovated for an attractive appearance. A side yard which is narrow and long in nature might present a design challenge. If you need some ideas to change the way it looks, ask yourself a few questions before beginning any landscaping project on your side yard. The first question to ask is whether you will be using that area as an important path for getting from one location to another in your property. The second question is if the side yard area is wide enough to be used for purposes like planting or installing a pathway/walkway. 

If you have undertaken landscaping for your front and back yard, then you can link both these areas with a well-done up side yard. Follow these simple landscaping ideas to make full use of your side yard and give it the credit it deserves.
  • Create a dramatic effect - To give it some drama and an offbeat look, you can match some features of your landscape with the side yard and leave a partial view between the two to add balance and create an illusion that will make the outdoors look much bigger.
  • Decorate with pots and containers – If space is at a premium, you can go ahead and spatter the yard with beautiful pots and containers by securely attaching them to walls to provide color and texture. The right kind of pots and containers are works of art in themselves. However make sure to check how much sun that area is getting before decorating.
  • Get a workstation – If you are an outdoors person, the side yard would be the perfect place to set up a workstation for any kind of interesting hobby like a makeshift nursery or a pottery bench. To give that area some more privacy, you can install shrubbery or fencing
  • Make an additional room – A side yard will make a great room as it has a distinct courtyard feel to it with beautiful lush plantings and foliage. To add some more fun and vibrancy, consider installing geometric paving patterns and also a bold focal point which will create as much interest as the plants.
  • Relax in Privacy – Wouldn’t the outdoor patio be a great place to unwind and relax with a good book or have tea with your friends and family? You can install a hedge or fence strategically to block the view from the neighbor’s windows, then add a patio from a material you like.
  • Tame the slope – If there is a slope in your yard, you can get rid of the grass and make it easy to mow. Some low maintenance plants and simple paving option will make it easier on the eyes and also on the work required to sustain it. Another useful thing you can do is to keep the slope from eroding by installing a good layer of groundcover or mulch beneath the plants.
  • Add a sense of style – To give your side yard a distinct feel and look and make it stand out from the rest of the landscape, you can add its own sense of style and personality. You can try installing a relaxing Zen garden or a lush cottage garden or even a classic country garden. If it’s a new gardening style you’re opting for, you can install a barrier or fence to separate the side yard from the rest of the landscape so that both the designs and elements don’t clash.
  • Make a bold and grand entrance – You can install a wide, attractive walkway in your side yard to add aesthetic and visual appeal. Some of the options you can consider are concrete pavers or paving bricks.
  • Grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables – Growing your own produce can be an enjoyable and satisfying experience. So go ahead and plant them on your side yard and make sure that the area gets at least eight hours of direct sunlight in a day.
  • Create a Shady Escape – Cool off from the hot summer heat by giving yourself a private shaded area in your side yard. You can make a path and plant some of your favourite shade-loving plants suitable for the region.