Backyard Landscaping Ideas For Small Yards

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Many people are hesitant in implementing backyard landscaping ideas, especially in a small area or townhouse… they are afraid of the garden design.

A townhouse garden can be a place to getaway, enjoy nature, go tropical or just getting outside.

The smallest backyard and garden, well-arranged and decorated, can be a gem of artistic merit. A fortune does not have to be spent on plant material, landscape bricks or pavers, or a wealth of material used like decorative pottery and water features.

Townhouse Backyard Ideas Consider Theme and Use

A townhouse homeowner and DIY gardener does not have to be a recognized artist even though (consciously or unconsciously) they follow certain rules of design.

Many of these “landscape design” rules can be classed as plain common sense. Something looks right, or it doesn’t look right.

Smart small garden design be the perfect garden area for peace, quite and privacy. With a dozens of potential ideas available, before jumping in, your plan and design needs, should match the theme or use.

Will it be a kid friendly backyard, ideas on a budget, tropical backyard designs or water feature to make your small backyard your own personal space.

It is common sense to have accent plants here and there, to stress a corner, or point up entrances to attract the eye in some way. Otherwise, a planting lacks character.

Today, with our tendency toward simpler living, comes simpler planting. People prefer fewer shrubs but those few set in spots that matter. Owners give
more thought to type of shrub, variety, and manner of growth.


They consider the reason for each tree and shrub, the purpose it serves, and any additional use.

Before The Creative Garden Ideas – Study

Before doing any landscaping, study your house and yard from all angles, inside and out.

Which features do you want to obliterate, and which do you want to play up? Perhaps a porch or terrace should be sheltered or protected, or you have a special window from which you’d like to see a flowering tree or other feature. And would the planting look attractive from the front of the house? From the side?

Consider whether your house is formal or informal, and try to suit the planting to the architecture as well as to the layout of the land.

A house in the city has less land and suggests more formal planting than one in the country. A suburban house can be formal or informal, according to architecture and neighborhood.

In the country or in small towns, houses usually have a country flavor about them; those of more or less formal design can stand informal plantings because of the very nature of their location.

Various types of houses and lifestyle call for special landscaping.

If fun and entertaining is your way to spend time with family and friends, privacy and a fenced backyard may be in order.

Vibrant flowers, unique paving materials, landscaping brick or pavers, decorative pottery, landscape rocks and stones all work together to transform even small spaces or a new patio into a gardening extravaganza of nature’s color rainbow, with a personal touch.

Backyard Landscaping Themes

There are many different themes you can design for in a landscape – beyond formal and informal. A tropical garden getaway, with heliconia, banana, and vines running up a trellis. Don’t forget a small backyard pond, the sound water is always relaxing!

backyard landscape complete with stones pond and water

Add a hammock or swing for warm summer nights. Light up some candles, tiki torches, or garden lighting around your patio. Light up the BBQ, add some mode music and other “props” to create a feeling and warmth to the outdoor room.

A Romantic Landscape Theme

Head back to your honeymoon, right out the back door, into your private backyard. Complete with a privacy fence, hot tub or maybe a Jacuzzi.

Add soft colors, potted flowers like exotic hibiscus and candles with a sweet smell and you can relive the years in your own backyard. Add in some exotic flowers – passion flower maybe – to bring your backyard design tropical accents.

Family Friendly Creative Landscaping

Maybe the life of your family is a busy, active one. Your landscaping plan should be geared toward outdoor activities for family and friends. A design made for barbeque cookouts, music and enough lighting to spend time outdoors.

Extending a patio can provide more space for entertaining and additional room for seating at dinnertime.

Do not forget the outdoor garden lighting in your plans. You may want to consider adding cover or a roof to your patio. Allowing outdoor enjoyment when weather does not cooperate with your plans.

Have kids help with flower selection. Let them pick a flower, bush or even a tree to plant. Hand them the shovel to plant “their special” plant, get their hands dirty in that special place.

It’s a wonderful way to create memories kids will hold on to for a lifetime.

Make it special – your space – reflecting your personality, creating your getaway and sanctuary from the rest of the world.

To top it off – a small landscaping project can be done in one or two weekends.


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