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It is said that all good things come in small packages. So, don't despair if you are not blessed with a big yard and instead have a small one. Actually, you can maintain a small one with greater ease, and it would not even imply that you would have to compromise on the designing. There is no dearth of landscaping ideas for small yards. Some ideas are given below.

Design Ideas

Flint the Stones
  • If you have a front yard, having a path made of cobbled or plain stone can be one of the best bets.
  • It will give a welcoming feeling to the visitors and will give a different look as well.
  • To add to that, stone paths do not take a lot of space.
  • Flagstone and slate are two good options, when it comes to a stone path.
  • Have creeping plants meandering between the stones for a green look rather than a totally dry one.
  • This is one amongst the many interesting residential landscaping ideas.
Brickbats and Bouquets
  • If you are bored of patio paves and concrete-edged designs, use bricks, i.e., have a brick edging.
  • It is available in a lot of varieties like a scalloped block or delicate patterns.
  • Using a brick edge of your choice will keep the ground color contained, and appear neat and clean.
  • You can further base some greenery around the bricks - shrubs, flowering plants, grasses, and creepers.
Rise and Shine
  • Have a raised flower bed. This might not be as easy as the earlier two.
  • Perhaps a research as to what kind of flowers are suited to the local climate, and the kind of soil you have and other issues would have to be done.
  • This is not very harsh on your pockets, as the area you are looking at is not huge. Although, maintaining a flower bed might be a bit tedious.
Water World
  • The impact water has on most of us is simply magical. Thus, water can be a very interesting element for decoration.
  • A small fountain or a rock garden having a fountain can add elegance and a unique dimension.
  • You can also consider designing it in a Zen (Japanese) style with a bridge and stone path. This style has water as a very important element.
Unique Ideas
  • A yard can be made to look bigger by having smaller and shorter grasses, shrubs, and the likes in front; and taller grasses and plants can be at the back or corners.
  • This can create an illusion of your yard being bigger and will give it a depth.
  • Consider having lighter hues in the flowers you choose, or the type of grass, and the overall decor to make the place appear bigger and spacious.
  • Team this up with wrought iron and free-standing plant hooks to further impart a vertical look.
Eventually, the mantra is to keep it simple and not fill up the arena with everything you can think of. A bit of visualization and creativity will lead you to come up with even better ideas. With careful planning, you can manage to do this task very well and on a budget.