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I think the hedges around the fence and then an open area in the middle for the chicken coop would be perfect- I like the trellis too-- maybe for grape vines... I'll bet the chickens would love that! :)

side yard idea - the curve of the path adds interest and takes the eye around the garden, not just straight down.

Another pinner wrote, "Add Curves Curving lines please the eye more than straight lines. They also help an area, such as a narrow side yard, feel larger. Click here for more tips to make your landscape seem more spacious"

Add Windows If your space is small, create windows, as seen in this gate, and vary the height of your plants or structures. That will give the area some visual relief -- and give your yard a playful quality.

If you are looking for more privacy, a fence and plants insulate a side yard. More landscaping ideas for privacy:

river rock edge. There's a name for this but I can't remember what it is. Some kind of drainage thing. Whatever it is, I need this around my back patio.

Edging - just stick polished rocks in concrete...

Turn a boring side yard strip of grass into a shady, luxuriant garden! Good use of boxwood shapes to add high style & advanced design look. Fluffy foliage against square boxwood with the blue hostas. Nice work.

Dress up a side yard with beautiful blooming containers. More smart side-yard solutions:

You know you're a gardener when you dream about perfect edging!