Side Gardens (or Yards)

I really don't like the word "Yard".  

It doesn't seem to do justice to what is present in the front, side and back of your home.

And so, I prefer to call them "front gardens", "side gardens" and "back gardens".  I did rant about this a bit a while ago and if you like reading 'rants' like mine, feel free to read it: "Do You Have a Garden or a Yard" 

One area that many homeowners struggle with, is what to plant in their side gardens.  It can be an awkward place with little sun and not much room for plants to grow.

Last weekend, I visited a client's home for a landscape consult.  While I was talking with her, I was struck by how nice both of her side gardens were.

Her first side garden was planted with Bougainvillea against the wall with Trailing Jasmine planted in between.

I liked the symmetry of the alternating plants and how they covered the wall so well.  (Who wants to look out a a bare wall?)

The Trailing Jasmine produces small white fragrant flowers and the Bougainvillea produce vibrant blooms.  What more could you ask for?
The other side of the garden had small trees and tall shrubs growing along the wall...

Yellow Oleander trees grew along the wall toward the back and Orange Jubilee shrubs covered the wall closer up creating a green lush backdrop.

I did make two suggestions in regards to this side garden.  Remove the Orange Jubilee shrubs growing between the Yellow Oleander trees.  Right now, they make that area look overcrowded and you cannot see the beauty and symmetry of the tree trunks against the wall.

What do you have growing in your side garden?  


Shyra Jeane said...

That was indeed lovely Noelle! I really don't have the luxury of space so put some potted plants on the side. I really wish I have that space. Nice post.

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Rohrerbot said...

I agree with you. Side yards sounds really ugly. I call the different sections "gardens" because each is as unique and different than the other. The true side gardens here are themes. One is a fern garden....using desert plants with light fernlike leaves like the Desert Fern, Jacaranda, Mesquite, Desert Willow, etc.
The other garden is the Fruit Garden. The center piece is a canary palm trained to look like a pineapple. Peach, apple,loquat, mulberry trees.

A Daughter of the King said...

I have a very small side garden right ouside my gate. It is a pot garden -- big pots -- filled with plants that my landscaper husband has brought home. Right now I have blue plumbago growing up the wall, about 10 feet tall, a pink oleander tree, some variegated myrtle, an arch of star jasmine and two mock orange plants flanking our gate. I love walking through the little garden on my way to the back "garden." Recently, we added it to our drip irrigation line so I didn't have to hurry outside to water in the summer temps.

Indie said...

Very pretty! I'm rather obsessed with side gardens, as they are so neglected normally but offer such a chance for a 'hidden pathway' among the garden. I'm still working on my side garden and fighting voles on both sides, but at least my paths are taking up shape!

Skeeter said...

I call the gardens, well, gardens. I call the grass the yard...

Bonnie said...

I still haven't planted my "side garden" on the west side between a masonry wall and a storage shed. It has a great watering system and I'd really like more veges there...any low sun vegetables?

Noelle said...

Hi Bonne,
Broccoli, cauliflower, beans, leaf lettuce and radishes will do well in light shade.

Good luck with your new side garden :-)


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