If you have a small back yard, you are probably already aware that it's important to make the most out of every single inch if you want enjoy your outdoor living space as much as possible. How you design your small back yard will depend on the primary use of the space. If your back yard is used mostly for entertaining and relaxation, your needs will be different from those who use their back yards to grow a great deal of their own food. Your personal tastes and preferences will also determine how you arrange your yard.
Several ways exist for you to maximize your use of outdoor space. Following are five ways that make your small yard look and feel larger than it is.
Plant Miniature Trees and Shrubs
If it's important to you to have ornamental or fruit trees, consider planting miniature or dwarf varieties. Large trees tend to overwhelm small spaces. It is also easier to access fruit from small trees as well as to properly prune and maintain them. Almost all deciduous tree varieties come in miniature sizes.
Use Vertical Space Well
If you'd like to grow fruits and vegetables in your back yard but simply don't have the ground space, consider using hanging baskets. Vertical plantings will also make your yard look larger. Cherry tomatoes and strawberries grow exceptionally well in hanging baskets, and the fruit will be easy for you to access.
Make Color Count
You can use color to make a small back yard look larger if you've got a border. Flowers that bloom in cool colors planted at the back of the border will give your yard the illusion of depth. Keeping most of the other foliage small and close to the ground will prevent vegetation from overwhelming a small yard space.
Make Your Space Look Larger With the Right Seating
Create several seating areas and give each one of them a unique look. This will make your yard look bigger if each seating area is of a different size and shape. For instance, you could have a large family seating area as the focal point of your yard while several smaller ones are strewn about in different locations. A small bench in front of a flower or herb garden can add a piquant note.
Add a Simple Pergola
The addition of a simple pergola provides both vertical and horizontal depth interest to small spaces. You can plant any number of vining vegetation to climb up and around it. Evergreen clematis is one of the best choices for this because its year-round rich green leaves and the enchanting scent of its spring flowers. If you are artistically inclined, you can make the pergola yourself out of driftwood another appropriate material, and home and garden centers always carry a variety of garden accessories such as pergolas and arbors.
These are only a few suggestions for maximizing the space in a smaller backyard, if you aren't confident in your ability to transform your small yard into space that you can enjoy, consider employing the services of a professional such as PPG.
Austin is IT developer from Brisbane, Australia. He recently bought a house in an inner-city suburb and was faced with the challenge of transforming his small backyard into a usable space. He decided to share his experience to help people in similar situations to make the most out of their small backyards.
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