Gardening expert reveals little-known fence technique that gives the illusion of a much bigger backyard

A gardening expert has revealed a little-known technique you can use to make your garden appear bigger.

Presenter Arit Anderson revealed the tip at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Sho Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation


Sho Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservationPhoto credit: Getty
The technique can help make your garden appear bigger


The technique can help make your garden appear biggerPhoto credit: Getty

The prestigious five-day show offers a vibrant mix of garden advice and innovative garden design.

Now garden designer Arit has explained to viewers how they can make their garden look “bigger than it is”.

She said: “You can’t help but be drawn to this beautiful setting.

“This charred wood looks absolutely stunning.”

The technique is known as Shou Sugi Ban – a Japanese wood preservation technique that dates back to 700 AD.

While shou sugi ban is now used primarily for its appearance, it originally became popular as a method of preserving wood used as siding for buildings.

Its unique feature is that no two pieces of wood look the same and one piece looks different than the other.

The technology breathes new life into the plants in the garden.

Arit continues, “It brings out the preservatives in the wood, but not only does it extend its lifespan, it also gives that wonderful black feel.”

“I love this effect in the garden because it really makes all the plants stand out.

“But there’s also depth because it makes the garden seem bigger than it is.”

This comes after a gardening expert shared his incredible trick on how to bring light into dark and shady places without breaking the bank.

Elsewhere, a pro is on hand to make your life easier by listing the best plants and flowers to combine in the shade.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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