10 Landscaping Ideas to Make the Most of Your Plot

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Arizona Resource Realty BR518926000

Just because you have a smaller plot doesn't mean you can't make it stand out. With these small garden, front yard, and backyard garden ideas, you can make the most of a small landscape.

  1. Create a View

A wooden pergola elevates a small garden landscaping. Arbors and pergolas are classic small yard landscaping ideas for framing a view, but you can do the same with shrubs, small trees, or even garden art.


  1. Set up Small Backyard Zones

This small yard landscaping idea may appear contradictory, but we assure you that it works: break up open areas of a small space to make it feel larger. A small backyard landscape is divided into attractive and restful seating nooks by various furniture groupings and paths.


  1. Make It Cozy

It may appear counterintuitive, but increasing intimacy benefits small backyards. Why? Creating reading and resting nooks divides a space and creates distinct zones. A mid-height fence and a plethora of lovely plantings help to screen out the view beyond.


  1. Use Color Effectively

Place bold, bright flowers right in view for this small yard landscaping idea that adds function and beauty. Because your gaze is drawn to them, the rest of the small garden landscape appears to recede and feel larger.


  1. Use the Power of Perspective 

Long, straight lines deceive your mind into believing that a small garden landscape is larger than it is. To fully exploit this illusion, slant the far ends of the lines toward one another and create a focal point that connects them. A fence serves as the focal point of this small backyard design, which is enhanced by repeating rows of flowers and a pergola.


  1. Boost the Intrigue

There is no better way to increase the visual interest of a landscape than to incorporate unexpected elements. The combination of paving materials, lawn, hardscape, and container plantings adds so much character to a small backyard garden that you hardly notice its size.


  1. Take Advantage of Foliage and Texture

Big, bold tropical plants add a lush feel to any landscape, especially a small one. Large leaves can manipulate the scale of a small backyard to make it feel larger, and their unusual shape contributes to the area's "cool" factor.


  1. Create a Small Backyard Focal Point

A focal point is an excellent small yard landscaping idea for drawing attention and making outdoor spaces appear more put together. A simple seating area and vertical planter take center stage in this relaxing nook.


  1. Conquer Dead Landscape Nooks

It's easy to overlook areas that are out of sight in a small backyard, such as the corners of the house or garage. With this small backyard idea, you can transform those spots into unexpected showpieces by adding a centerpiece tree, an oversize container, and flowers and foliage plants for interest.


  1. Elevate Planting Areas

You can add a sense of height to your small backyard by raising plantings by a foot or two. Consider retaining walls or more formal raised beds that are integrated with other hardscape elements such as stairs. This will help direct the eye upward and create a visually appealing distraction from the lack of square footage.

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Comments (6)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Love your ideas for the yard. Especially creating the zones and also doing something with intrigue. Thanks 😀

Nov 28, 2022 08:55 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Thank you Jeff, glad you liked it. 



Nov 30, 2022 07:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tamra. May sound strange but the wife and I are getting anxious to use your tips and leave living in the sky in downtown Chicago. Enjoy your day.

Nov 29, 2022 04:21 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Enjoy your day. Extend my regards to your wife...

Nov 30, 2022 07:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tamra - and the plot thickens as ideas increase for lots of possibilities.  

Nov 29, 2022 04:51 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

☀️..Lots of possibilities 😃

Nov 30, 2022 07:11 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!
Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Nov 29, 2022 05:10 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Welcome Joe. Have a great week.

Nov 30, 2022 07:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and great information to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great Tuesday!

Nov 29, 2022 08:00 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Thanks for dropping a message Will. 

Nov 30, 2022 07:12 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Dec 26, 2022 04:50 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer

Welcome to my blog Richard... 

Dec 26, 2022 07:20 AM