Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Landscaping Tips for Small Spaces

So you don't have a backyard that allows for swimming pools, water features and lush rolling areas of soft grass.  That doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice landscaping and flowers to brighten your garden or welcome guests to your front door!  There are some great tips for maximizing space and impacting your small yard with lovely landscaping.

Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Large container gardens make a big impact but can also take up too much space.  By using smaller containers, that are also portable, you can make a statement wherever you need color!  

 Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

 Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Use vertical space!  By using plant stands, lattices, and even fences to train plants to grow vertically, you can create beautiful focal points without taking up a lot of ground.

 Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

 Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Patio furniture can easily eat up all the space on a deck or porch.  Keeping outdoor accessories on the small side helps to make the most of your space.  Don't be afraid of color or using one large piece of furniture, like a lovely table for an eating area or a settee and ottoman to lounge in the sun!

  Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

While a full-grown spruce can get more than 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, columnar varieties such as the one pictured above get no more than 6 feet across. Look for these narrow types to save space.  There are many varieties of trees and shrubs that grow tall and narrow to accommodate small areas.  

 Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Play with color!  By painting doors, shutters or even patio furniture in bright and cheerful colors, you can allow for beautiful focal points even on winter days when nothing is in bloom.  

Landscaping and lush foliage doesn't have to be relegated to the large-scale gardener.  Using a few smart tips can help create a lovely landscape for your home!


Laurie said...

So lovely! And how nice that they're not overrun by noxious weeds (like some other people I know with small yards...). ;-)

laney said...

...oh perfect...and that blue door!...

Chris R said...

I am so jealous of these pictures. I live in the desert where nothing is green. Well, at least I can paint.

Love the picture.