By Steve Tonks, General Manager at Boningale Garden Creations

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If your borders are filling up nicely but you still hanker to add more interest in your garden – there’s only one way you can go, and that’s up.

Adding height to your garden (literally) lifts your eye to another layer of colour, texture and vibrancy, plus provides yet another focal point.

However, don’t limit yourself to thinking just about planting trees or positioning climbers, such as clematis and honeysuckle, to creep up your perimeter fence or wall.


Whether you have a very small outdoor space or a large garden, you can use height to help create a series of “rooms”.

One very effective way to lift the eye is to add pergolas in strategic areas of the garden. Not only do these structures add architectural interest – ideal when you need visual stimulus after climbers have died down for the season – they also open more options for planting creeping plants.

Position them over a seating area or over a walkway and you’ll instantly create a more intimate ambience to your outdoor space.

Gazebos add welcome shade to seating areas and if planted with scented climbers will delight anyone who takes a few moments to relax in the garden.


Of course, adding height to your garden can also increase privacy. Trees and hedges can be used to block out less aesthetically pleasing views, while a trellis can disguise areas such as where the compost heap or bins are.

Whatever you plan, the main thing to think about is scale – make sure your chosen structure is right for your plot. Too small and it will be lost; too big and it will overwhelm.