This is what I started with:
The client wanted an interesting, lawn free backyard to sit and enjoy the sun with a lower patio area with color, texture and year-round interest.
Whenever I am dealing with a narrow yard I add curves and hidden paths with overflowing plants to disguise the shape.
Here is the jewel out of the rough:
Wow what a difference a good design can make! It doesn't even look like the same yard!
Here is how it looks when entering from the alleyway, hmm I wonder what is behind that gate?
Oh yes I want to travel down that path! Curving paths encourage exploration and can help to screen the destination making it more exciting and revealing as you get closer to the end.
A view of the classic white stone stone bench in the shade of the Crabapple tree surrounded by garden phlox and backed by Hydrangea.