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Design to Scale The key to making a big impact on a small footprint: design to scale. Here, a mix of wood and slate, married with plant materials of contrasting color but similar tones, creates four levels of interest in this small space. Choose the Best Plants This elegant small garden has been planted with dwarf and well-behaved conifers and other plants that won’t grow to overwhelm the site. Use the Rules of Perspective Designing the space around the rules of perspective — chiefly that parallel lines appear to converge to a “vanishing point” and objects in the distance appear smaller than those close by — can help make a small garden seem larger. Here, the pergola reinforces and frames the view, and the flower-filled container as a focal point in the middle distance draws the eye forward. Fool the Eye Creating a view along the diagonal of the property creates the illusion that the space is bigger than it looks. Here, the diagonal path with steps traces a zigzag line through the garden, providing areas to linger and enjoy the wide beds and colorful plantings. Design on a Diagonal The design-on-the-diagonal principle works on this tiny courtyard patio, where the tile pattern appears to elongate the dimensions. Remove the Clutter Space is at a premium in this urban garden, so designer Sam Joyce used the minimalist approach in this beautiful retreat. Built-in seating and just enough plants to make a statement keep the clutter down. Sam left room for additional chairs to be brought out from the house when necessary. Get Creative With Storage Designers Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri built a clever cut-out under the deck to store firewood. This smart storage solution frees up visible deck areas for seating and greenery. Create a Mixed Garden To grow fruits and veggies in a small yard, pitch out the concept of straight rows in one big garden, and cram your veggie garden in overlooked spaces or mix in with the landscaping, in raised beds and pots. Stonework or a bit of other hardscaping can turn the garden ornamental. Scale Down Garden Pots Rather than use one or two large planters, scale down the size of your pots. Several small containers can be used in a smaller space, either on the wall or on garden shelves. Take It Up the Wall Vertical planting increases the scale of a space. Here, trailing herbs and plants in wall pots give a Mediterranean look to this courtyard setting.
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Create One-of-a-Kind Small-Space Vertical Features Create a sense of uniqueness with a series of small space landscape garden ideas. They’ll help your small garden landscape feel bigger. Espaliering is one trick that looks complicated, but is actually easier than you think, and elegant, too. Use it to dress up a plain shed or house wall in a small backyard. Learn more on creating garden rooms.
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Small Landscape Design

Create a sense of uniqueness with a series of small space landscape garden ideas. They’ll help your small garden landscape feel bigger. Espaliering is one trick that looks complicated, but is actually easier than you think, and elegant, too. Use it to dress up a plain shed or house wall in a small backyard.
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Create Small Backyard Zones This small yard landscaping idea may seem contradictory, but we promise it works: Break up open areas of a small space so it feels larger. Here, different furniture groupings and paths divides a small backyard landscape into attractive and restful seating nooks. Add a garden in your yard with our free garden plans!
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Take Advantage of Foliage and Texture Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel, especially in a small landscape. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small backyard to help it feel larger, and their unusual shape helps to boost the “cool” factor of the area. Want more? See our ideas for utilizing small spaces. Don’t miss our collection of free small-space garden plans!

Small Landscape Design

Use the Power of Perspective Long, straight lines trick you into thinking a small yard or small garden landscape is bigger than it is. To take full advantage of this illusion, subtly slant the far end of the lines toward one another and create a focal point. In this small backyard idea, a fence does the job and is enhanced by repeating rows of flowers and a pergola. Like this lawn? Get more inspiration with our Lawn Design Tips! Check out our lawn-care guide.
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This small yard landscaping idea may seem contradictory, but we promise it works: Break up open areas of a small space so it feels larger. Here, different furniture groupings and paths divides a small backyard landscape into attractive and restful seating nooks.
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Small Landscape Design

Long, straight lines trick you into thinking a small yard or small garden landscape is bigger than it is. To take full advantage of this illusion, subtly slant the far end of the lines toward one another and create a focal point. In this small backyard idea, a fence does the job and is enhanced by repeating rows of flowers and a pergola.
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Boost the Backyard Interest Sometimes the best small yard landscaping idea is mix it up with unexpected elements that offer dramatic visual relief. Here, the mixture of paving materials, lawn, hardscape, and container plantings adds enough interest to a small back yard garden that you hardly notice the landscape’s size. See our gallery of garden path ideas. Check out this front yard small-space landscaping plan.
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Create a Small Backyard Destination The highlight of this small garden landscape is a firepit with welcoming chairs. Placing the seating spot just off a paved patio, as well as creating a secondary seating spot near the fence, helps the small backyard feel more spacious. See our pergola slideshow for more ideas!
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When it comes to the design of small garden, it’s important to attend to the details, design every inch, integrate surprise and splurge on materials. Whether you decide to create a very powerful and exciting small space or a modern minimalist one, a professional landscaper can help you bring your small garden to life.
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We love this small yard landscaping idea: Place bold, bright colors in front of where you’ll view them. Because they catch your attention first, the rest of the small garden landscape beyond will seem to recede, helping it to feel larger.
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Sometimes the best small yard landscaping idea is mix it up with unexpected elements that offer dramatic visual relief. Here, the mixture of paving materials, lawn, hardscape, and container plantings adds enough interest to a small back yard garden that you hardly notice the landscape’s size.
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The highlight of this small garden landscape is a firepit with welcoming chairs. Placing the seating spot just off a paved patio, as well as creating a secondary seating spot near the fence, helps the small backyard feel more spacious.

Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel, especially in a small landscape. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small backyard to help it feel larger, and their unusual shape helps to boost the “cool” factor of the area.
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Make It Cozy It may seem counterintuitive, but boosting intimacy actually helps small backyards. Why? Creating escape nooks for reading and resting is a good small backyard idea for dividing up a space and creating specific zones. Here, a mid-height fence and lots of pretty plantings help toscreen out the view beyond. Discover the best plants for growing as hedges! Get more tips for creating privacy in your landscape.
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Use Color Effectively We love this small yard landscaping idea: Place bold, bright colors in front of where you’ll view them. Because they catch your attention first, the rest of the small garden landscape beyond will seem to recede, helping it to feel larger. Discover more on using color in the garden.
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Conquer Dead Landscape Nooks In a small space backyard, it’s easy to ignore the areas that don’t get a lot of immediate or streetside view—such as corners by a house or garage. Turn those spots into unexpected focal points, with this small backyard idea: Add a centerpiece tree, an oversize container, and flowers and foliage plants for interest.
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Beautiful small backyard landscape designs can be hard to achieve, as a small yard requires good space management. Gardening, decor and much more on hackthehut.com
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Despite their diminutive size, small gardens can also have plant palettes as varied as a larger garden. Small gardenscapes can range from quaint cottage-style designs to modern, upscale looks. To accommodate the limitations in space in a small garden, landscaping designers will often use miniature plant species, dwarf specimens and other adapted materials. A good designer doesn’t scale down the same garden plan used for a palatial estate, but rather knows how to emphasize and embody the daintier dimensions of a small outdoor space.

Here, a simple pergola creates gives this small garden landscaping a grand feel. Arbors and pergolas are lassic small yard landscaping odeas and great ways to frame a view, but you can do the same with shrubs, small trees, or even pieces of garden art.

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