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We love this trick: Place bold, bright colors 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.
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.
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.
Long, straight lines trick you into thinking a space is bigger than it is. To take full advantage of this illusion, subtly slant the far end of the lines toward one another. Here, a low split-rail fence does the job and is enhanced by two rows of large shrubs.
This trick may seem contradictory, but we promise it works: Break up open areas of a small space so it feels larger. Here, a colorful bed of roses, annuals, and perennials effectively divides a small back yard landscape into attractive nooks.
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.
Create a sense of mystery and intrigue with a series of garden rooms. They'll help your small landscape feel bigger; just make each room distinct and create views so you have only a hint of what you'll see next.
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.
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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