Smart Ways to Use Tight Spots in Your Landscape

Look at these four combinations of plants and structures for ideas on making use of even the smallest garden spaces.
Make an Entrance

Create a welcoming front yard without giving up privacy. Here, a rustic arbor and split-rail fence offer an inviting scene.

How to Get This Look


  • Use combinations such as black bamboo, Japanese maples, and weeping spruce to close off the view and add privacy.
  • Select plants that have seasonal interest: Black bamboo canes look good spring to fall; Japanese maples offer oranges, reds, and golds in autumn; and evergreen spruces offers winter color and interest.
  • Choose accessories that match your landscaping style.


Small Patio Solution

Get a comfy seating area, even if your yard is too small for a permanent patio. Here, a crafty homeowner leveled the ground and put down a layer of pea gravel in the corner of the yard. It's the perfect nook for a couple of Adirondack chairs.

How to Get This Look


  • Use big trees and shrubs around an area make it feel more intimate without being crowded.
  • Look for seasonal interest: Japanese maples and burning bush turn fiery shades in fall while white astilbe and yellow ligularia offer early-summer color.
  • Add an easy-maintenance ground cover for a great look all year.

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