A small yard presents it’s own special challenges to landscape design, but those landscape design challenges are no harder to overcome than the challenges for designing a large wide open yard presents. The key to a landscape design for a small yard is to utilize every available inch of space, both horizontally and vertically.
Even if your small yard is little more than a patio and walkway, you can still create a landscape design that is inviting and relaxing.
Don’t limit the landscape design of a small yard to small ‘things’ either, like a few small flower pots, you need a focal point for a small yard. Something that will either be central in the landscape design or something that will be on the opposite end of the entry way into the small yard. One large tree, a couple of chairs and a small table or a fountain will draw the eye to the focal point, a place of destination, that will make a small yard seem larger.
If you have a garden wall or fence in your small yard, use it to your advantage in your landscape design. Painting the wall or fence a light neutral color will give the illusion of a larger space. If you don’t have a green thumb, paint a mural, hang pottery, copper or wrought iron flea market finds to decorate the fence/wall and create a focal point in the landscape design that expresses your own interests.
Those with green thumbs can use the fence or wall as part of your landscape design for planting flowers, vines and even fruit trees. Attach flower pots directly to the wall or fence at varying heights and plant your favorite flowers, plant vines in the ground and train the vines to climb the fence or wall. Fruit trees can be planted near a fence or wall and espaliered to grow flat against the wall and take up only a small foot print in an already small yard. One espaliered fruit tree in the landscape design of a small yard makes a huge statement and provides double rewards for a small yard; fragrant flowers in the spring and fresh fruit in the summer.
Make long, narrow beds under the fence or wall and plant low growing flowers or vegetable plants in the beds. Combined with plants growing in pots on the wall, gives you twice the landscape design space a small yard.
If you don’t have a wall or fence, add the long narrow beds against the house for flowers and vegetable plants, trellises can be added to the beds and any type of climbing, flowering vines suitable for your area can be grown. Again, you will achieve twice the space in a small yard for your landscape design.