18 May

Top Tips: Landscaping a Small Backyard Garden

Landscaping a small backyard garden should not prevent you from growing your favorite plants, building a nice deck, or using it for outdoor living. With careful selection of plants (compact shrubs, low-maintenance succulents, hardy ground covers, and nice border plants), and a minimal design scheme you easily turn your small backyard space into an enjoyable retreat.

 

Browse the following examples and see how easy it is to create a nice landscape design in a small backyard.

Use Vertical Space

You cannot change size of your small backyard but by using vertical space effectively you can make your small backyard look roomy. You can use small trees and slender bushes that grow in columnar fashion. You can also use tall objects like over-sized planters and vertical lighting effects as in the following picture. Also notice a Mandevilla growing horizontally to give an impression of expansion.
Small Backyard Design

Add Multiple Levels

By adding multiple levels, as in the following picture, you can maximize the use of vertical space. Terraced levels can also be used to create multiple focus levels. You can incorporate plants of different sizes (taller at the back and smaller on front terraces) with landscaping objects like rocks to create an overall impression of a small terraced garden.
Small Space Backyard

Divide Your Backyard into Functional Areas

To make maximum usage of real estate, you can divide your backyard garden into small functional areas. The backyard garden in the following picture is divided in multiple functional areas: outdoor living, vegetable beds, a BBQ pit and a small lawn bordered with ornamental plants. Each functional area integrates with others to form a useful backyard garden.
Small Backyard Garden

Create a Useful Central Area

Create a central area and then border it with minimal plantation. The small backyard garden in the following picture uses a functional central area that can be used for outdoor living bordered with compact and low-growing plants.

Small Backyard Design

Create a Single Focal Point

The small backyard garden in the following example uses a garden pathway as the only focal point. It is bordered with a mix of annuals and perennials grown in a country garden style.
Small Space Landscape
Create an Outdoor Living Area
The best usage of a small backyard garden in to turn it into a functional outdoor living area. The backyard in the following example uses most of the available space for day-to-day usage – plantation is minimal, furniture takes most of the space.
Deck in Small Landscape

Incorporate Indoors and Outdoors

By incorporating indoor and outdoor space, you can effectively maximize the use of limited real estate. The small backyard garden in this example is integrated with the living room.
Indoor and Outdoor Space Integration

Pave Your Small Backyard Garden

You with pave your small backyard garden with stone or interlocking bricks. A paved backyard gives you a plenty of space to use for outdoor living as well as container gardening.
Small Landscape Backyard

Use Garden Border

If you do not have enough depth in your small backyard garden, as in the following example, plant along the border. Mix and match plants of different sizes, colors and texture to create an attractive landscape.
Garden Border in a Small Backyard Garden
12 May

9 Examples of Beautiful, Small Space Gardens

Small Backyard Garden

Small Backyard Gardens, Image from Pinterest

Wall Garden

Wall Garden, Image from Pinterest

Brick Garden

Brick Garden, Image from Pinterest

Small Container Garden

Small Container Garden, Image from Pinterest

Plants in Dresser

Plants in Dresser, Image from Pinterest

Small Topiary Garden

Small Space Gardens, Image from Pinterest

Simple Succulent Garden

Simple Succulent Gardens, Image from Pinterest

Small Window Garden

Small Window Gardens, Image from Pinterest

Small Space Succulent Garden

Small Space Gardens, Image from Pinterest

Here is a list of some practical products that you can try in your balcony garden:

Wall Hanger:

This wall hanger has flattened metal bars which make up the entire motif of the product and give the basket a very classic, sturdy look and feel. The included coco liner prevents soil from spilling out, and the large 29 Inches long planting area offers plenty of room for flowers and vines. Included is mounting hardware which allows for easy installation.

Zinc Flower Planter:

Use this aged zinc rectangular balcony flower planter with hooks to add natural beauty to your patio or balcony.

Terrace Table:


The Terrace Table is the perfect patio table or balcony table. Its fold away design makes it a great space saver. The welded aircraft quality aluminum frame, powder coated paint, and the tempered glass makes this table suitable for all outdoor weather conditions. Get more use out of your balcony or patio with the Terrace Table. **Fits up to a 4.75″ wide top rail.