Friday, November 25, 2011

Simple Solutions for Small-Space Landscapes

Use Color Effectively
    We love this trick: Place bold, bright colours in front of where you'll view them. Because they catch your attention first, the rest of the landscape beyond will seem to recede, helping it to feel larger.

Create a View
    Here, a simple pergola creates a view that gives this small front yard a grand feel. Arbors and pergolas are great ways to frame a view, but you can do the same with shrubs, small trees, or even pieces of  garden art.

Make It Cozy
    This tiny back yard is full of lush shrubs that screen out the view beyond. The result is a cozy, private retreat -- and the small scale feels just right.

Create Extra Interest
    Sometimes the best way to deal with a small space is to make a distraction. Here, the mixture of paving materials adds enough interest to a small back yard that you hardly notice the landscape's tiny size.

Borrow Views
    If your neighbors aren't into gardening like you are, take advantage of their open spaces to create the feel of a vista in your yard. This yard is packed with colorful flowers -- but the open yard next door keeps it from feeling cramped.

Make a Destination
    The highlight of this small landscape is a pergola draped with wisteria. Placing the pergola in the back corner of the yard gives you -- and your eye -- a destination, which helps make it feel more spacious.

Use a Focal Point
    A focal point is a great way to draw the eye's attention and help small spaces feel tidy. Here, a simple stand holds a beautiful container garden. The purple paint on the stand harmonizes with the same-colored fence beyond.

Take Advantage of Texture
    Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small space to help it feel larger. (Plus, many tropical plants are super cool!)

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