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Big Ideas for a Small Yard

Ideas about how to transform your backyard into a lush oasis for outdoor living and joy. You will never want to leave your backyard!

Big Ideas for a Small Yard

Garden Stairs

To play off the low-key style of the shingled house, I used utilitarian materials like gravel and concrete, and a limited but exuberant color palette to liven up the somber materials without overwhelming the small space.

Here, a burgundy-red Japanese maple, 'Orange Dream,' underplanted with golden Heuchera 'Caramel' provides a bit of privacy on the deck. Another Japanese maple, 'Baldsmith,' welcomes visitors stepping down into the garden.

Reading Patio

Tucked into the far corner of the garden, a second, smaller patio with a chaise lounge makes an ideal reading refuge.