Tips For Designing A Landscape For A Small Yard

If you have a small yard, you might be looking at landscape design suggestions and feeling like an outsider. So many photos of beautiful landscapes feature large yards; it's easy to assume your options for a small yard are comparatively limited. However, this is not necessarily the case. You do need to design a landscape for a small yard differently than you'd design a landscape for a large yard. But you can certainly design an awesome landscape for a small space. Here are a few tips to help you do so. 

Choose smaller hedges, shrubs, and trees

You can use shrubs, hedges, and trees in a small yard. However, you will want to choose ones that are sized appropriately for the space. Avoid larger trees, and instead opt for dwarf versions of those trees. Look for hedge varieties that will thrive if they are heavily trimmed. Boxwoods tend to work well, as do many species of juniper bushes. If you choose smaller plants, you can include more plants in your landscape design, which makes it look more complex and intricate. At the same time, if the plants are the right size, none of the elements will feel too large or off-balance.

Keep garden beds narrow

If you put garden beds along the side of your home, or along the side of a garage, make sure they are narrow. In other words, rather than making them three or four feet wide, you could keep them to two feet or even 18 inches wide. This allows you to get that look of having the space lined with garden beds while at the same time ensuring you still have ample yard space between the garden beds.

Choose a couple of kinds of flowers, at most

You don't need or want dozens of different flower varieties in a small yard as it may make the landscape look too cluttered and complex. Instead, stick to choosing a few types of flowers and using them in multiple places. For example, you could choose to plant marigolds, pansies, and snapdragons. Arrange them in different ways in different beds to give your design variety without making the design look too overwhelming and multicolored.

If you follow the tips above, you should have better luck designing a landscape that really works in your small yard. For more advice, reach out to a local landscaping service, such as Carpenter Costin Tree and Landscape