A collection of great landscaping articles and favorite links that cover various topics from principles of design to landscape design gurus.
This is a collection of some our own small gardens, yards, and landscape designs that we've designed and built over the years. Feel free to use any ideas you can get from them for your own projects and plans.
Most of these designs address specific problem areas of small yards, patios, courtyards, and planting schemes, and then provide solutions through various means of landscaping techniques.
Designing small gardens and landscapes requires special attention to detail. While the principles of landscape design do apply, a small garden isn't necessarily just a miniature version of a larger landscape. Not only is the amount of materials fewer, the number of different elements may also need to be smaller. Try to resist the temptation to add too many different elements and materials.
Small Paved Entry Courtyard Garden
Simplicity in design is often a key to small spaces. This front entry garden uses a simple combination of pavers, plants, and decor ideas, to create flow and balance.
Small, Shady, Landscape Planter
This is a simple, easy to create idea that can be used almost anywhere with any type of garden. Even though it's for a shady area, it's not limited to that. The plants can be adapted to almost any location that just needs a little something to take up some space.
Small Front Entry Patio
This design uses a network of curves to transform an odd shaped wasted space into an extension of the home. Using a small pond waterfall, paver patio, and a few plants, this front entry is an inviting entrance as well as a nice place to relax in the front yard.
Sunken Backyard Patio Garden
In this example we transformed the unwanted swimming pool into a sunken, brick patio, small garden. Although not many people will do this with an old pool, these are still cool ideas for creating a sunken patio.
Small Driveway Planter
Although this garden was created for a circular drive, it can be adapted to almost anywhere. It uses very little space while using different levels to maximize limited space.
Planter Landscape Design For A Circular Drive
There's not a lot involved in this driveway landscaping. The design uses simple ideas, plant selection, and elements to create unity and balance.
Small Square Backyard Landscape Design
There are actually several versions of this square backyard design. Ranging from a simple sidewalk and lawn area to a complete planted in garden with a little lawn, there are several ideas that you may find useful.
Small Patio Designs
Patio designs offer some great inspiration for landscaping small spaces. Generally confined to limited areas themselves, you can get some great ideas for planting schemes and decor from patio gardens.
Courtyards also offer some great inspiration. Generally enclosed and limited to space, courtyard gardens demonstrate how to use decor, wall colors, plants, furniture, and other materials to design a small space without feeling cluttered and cramped.