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10 Sloping Garden Ideas: Landscaping tips for a tricky space

Looking for sloping garden ideas?

No garden is completely flat, unless a digger has been in and levelled the site. Many gardens are on a slope, which, when initially viewed, can be a little daunting.

Many questions are raised, such as what happens if it rains heavily? Will there be erosion of soil? Will the soil dry out? What plants can I grow? What is the easiest solution for getting from the bottom to the top? And, of course, many more. 

But a slope can add real interest to a garden and create a character all of its own. 


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Japanese garden ideas: 11 design tips for a zen backyard

Japanese garden ideas are works of art. 

Immaculate, serene and perfectly poised, these gardens have often taken a lifetime of study and devotion to produce.

And we may not have much time in our own lives to put aside for learning the gentle art of cloud pruning, intricate gravel maintenance or Kanso (the Japanese equivalent of Feng Shui).

But we can take inspiration from these life-affirming garden ideas to bring a little magic, reflection and quiet contemplation to our own outdoor spaces. 

Japanese Garden Ideas

1. Introduce water into a Japanese style garden

A lake surrounded by plants and trees next to a traditional brick house

(Image credit: Future / Mark Bolton )

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10 designs to transform a long plot |

These narrow garden ideas will help you turn a slim outdoor space into a ‘garden room’ you will love for years to come. 

If you have, or have ever had, a long, slender garden, then you’ll be more than aware of the tricky task of finding garden ideas that make it look wider than it actually is, while desperately trying to ensure every corner looks pretty yet functional. 

Narrow garden ideas

Never fear – with these clever, small garden ideas and tricks of the trade, there are tons of ways to help turn that awkward, narrow garden into something the

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