14 ideas for side yards
Get inspired to transform unusued space alongside your home into a vibrant oasis
Soothing garden escape
Long and skinny, this paved side yard in Portland looked like a bowling alley. That was, however, before someone took a jackhammer
to it. With the concrete gone, landscape designer Darcy Daniels (bloomtown.net
) used foliage to give the space a warm, lush feel. Rich goldenrod walls now set the mood, and drifts of gold-tinted perennials—Japanese
forest grass, autumn fern, and ‘Bowles Golden’ sedge—reinforce it. Blue Hosta ‘Halcyon’ adds contrasting color, and Japanese
maple and variegated fatshedera give a sense of volume. Now the soothing garden is a pleasure to walk through.