Small Space Landscaping Ideas
Do you need small "Backyard Landscaping Ideas"? Last weekend my wife and I went over to a friend’s house for a BBQ. They own one of those newer townhouse/ cottage-like homes that became so popular during the housing boom. It seems as though the housing boom not only brought about higher house prices, but also smaller houses…and with smaller houses comes small backyard landscaping ideas.
Our friends bought during the boom and now are pretty much going to be stuck in their house for a while. It is a beautiful house and they have done a lot to it, but their backyard leaves much to be desired. It seems as though there are many home decorating shows on TV these days, but when it comes to small backyard landscaping ideas ideas many people just seem to get stuck. So, while the inside of their house could be pictured in Better Homes and Gardens, their yard was….a concrete patio. Not quite the setting for a fun, relaxing BBQ.
They asked us for some backyard landscaping ideas and tips, and my imagination just went wild! Smaller areas may seem a bit challenging, but they also offer a designer so much potential. After all, in many cities (like San Francisco and Chicago), smaller patio-type yards are the norm. Below are some ideas for smaller yards that I would like to share with you:
The Ground Work
Laying a beautiful ground work is the first step toward creating a beautiful small space. Many options are available that can help you create an inviting area with interest. Using concrete pavers, flag stone, or travertine can add color and texture to your area. These materials can also be laid in a variety of designs to make your area appear larger and separate your area into different spaces.
Using Your Walls
Vertical gardening is a new trend…building up, not out. Using various plant layering techniques can give your walls height and depth. Under-planting, and using every bit of space you have is essential in creating a lush look. Wrapping plants and flowers around lattices, arbors, trellises and other frameworks can help provide the shape and framework necessary to create your living walls. Also, consider hanging various unique planters on your walls. You can be as creative as you want. Consider using things you have around the house as planters. Hang the planters at varying heights to create some interest. The wall is your canvas.
Using lighting can add so much drama to an outdoor space and make the space more usable. Ground lighting can help create a soft, beautiful, romantic feeling.
Small water features help complete the package. Not only are they visually pleasing and therapeutic, but they can also help mask street and neighborhood noise. In addition, birds love them!
Consider planting herbs in your space. Not only are they useful and easy to grow, but their aromatic nature can help indulge your senses and create a relaxing environment. Consider planting plants that attract birds, ladybugs, geckos. Having nature explore your area will help you…..Consider using lighter colors in your area. They help make your space appear larger. Consider adding a small rock garden to your space. This is an easy and affordable way to create visual interest and texture, and requires little upkeep.
The most important step in creating your outdoor oasis would be planning. Decide what you want to get out of your area….an eating area, an area for your dog, a BBQ, an area for your kids, etc. and then begin working from there. Start putting your ideas down on paper and consider getting a designer to do a mock design for you. When planning, consider your budget so that you can get the most impact with your resources. With a little thought, creativity, and a lot of planning, you too can make your area the sanctuary you always dreamed of.