Narrow, Small Yard Ideas

When it comes to landscaping a small yard, the size is something to be overlooked. Just because you’re dealing with a narrow, tiny outdoor space, doesn’t mean it can’t be transformed into a beautiful, cozy area. Actually, the possibilities are endless. There are many ways to maximize the available space in your small yard, and with the right design, to make it a destination for relaxing and enjoying. Therefore, get inspired by the following narrow, small yard design ideas and decorating tips.

  • Water Feature

water feature

Smart planning and zoning will make your tiny backyard feel bigger. Take the attention away from the size of your yard by creating a focal point. For instance, a small fountain will destruct the guests from the physical properties of your small outdoor space. It’ll beautify the area without taking a ton of space.

  • Pebble Mosaic Pathway

pebble mosaic pathway

Bring colors to your backyard with a river rocks mosaic pathway.

  • Stone Walkway

stone walkway

Or add a walkway with stepping stones to the landscaping instead.

  • Plant Vertically

vertical planting

If you’re growing the plants from the ground, they’ll occupy a great part of your backyard. Try planting vertically instead. It’ll take less space, yet there will be an abundance of plants and flowers in your small yard.

  • Potted Fruit Trees

potted fruit tree

With a small yard comes a smaller patio. However, the limited space shouldn’t put you off from growing lots of trees. Potted fruit trees not only will look beautiful, but they’ll save on space as well.

  • Treat Your Patio Like a Living Room


When the sunny weather arrives, your backyard becomes the new living room where you spend most of your time. A cozy patio can become the perfect escape from the heat, where you’ll enjoy your days. Therefore, utilize it to its fullest potential. Decorate your outdoor space with the same attention you give your living room. All it takes is a small outdoor sofa, a coffee table, and a carpet.

  • Gravel Patio

gravel patio

We must agree that a gravel patio looks more aesthetically appealing than the ordinary one. Also, the loose rocks prevent the dirt from building up, so you’ll spend less time washing the impurities away.

  • Hanging Porch Plants

hanging porch plants

You’ll probably never get enough of the greenery. Why not use each available space to put some more green leaves. The porch ceiling can be an ideal place to display some verdure in hanging baskets.

  • Multi-Level Design

multi level design

Although it may not fit every yard, we thought we should include this one as well on our small yard ideas list. But, you can break up the ground to create levels that will give the illusion of spaciousness. Trust us, it works!

  • Build a Small Greenhouse

small yard greenhouse

If you’re a plant lover and your hobby is taking care of them, a tiny greenhouse in your backyard is the way to go!

  • DIY Pond

diy pond

Attract wildlife to your yard with a pond, which you can build all by yourself without paying a pretty penny. Collect rocks and pebbles, dig a hole, put a pond liner at the bottom for protection, and fill it with water. Simple as that. Note, a pond takes way more effort and resources. You can, however, get a small yard pool whenever you want.

Narrow Yard FAQs

How Do You Landscape a Small Backyard?

Since it’s a small space, it requires a different approach when landscaping it. Firstly, you don’t want to make the small yard look even smaller. That’s why you should previously have in mind what you’re going to do with the available space. 
Put elements that aren’t too large, so your backyard doesn’t look overcrowded. Vertical planting will occupy much less space as well. Of course, don’t forget the patio since it’ll become your place of relaxation during the summer days. Place a water feature to create a focal point. With just a few simple steps, you can transform your tiny yard into a place of your dreams.

Is Flagstone Cheaper than Concrete?

When designing a patio, you want to choose the best hardscaping material, which will have a great impact on its durability and maintenance. The two most popular are flagstone and concrete. In terms of quality, both of the materials are durable, slip-resistant, and easy to maintain. When it comes to price, flagstone can be less expensive than concrete since it’s a natural material. It requires no mixing or special equipment like poured concrete does. Moreover, it can be installed by only one person, which will save on your budget. However, the cost for either depends on the size of the area.

How do you make a small backyard private?

Once the warm weather is here, you shift the living room with the yard patio, and you spend your summertime in the fresh air. Whether chilling in a pool or lying in a hammock, you don’t want to feel like you’re on display. Therefore, here are a few ways to create shelter and boundaries: 
• Build a living fence
• Hang curtains
• Grow vertical garden
• Build a vine-covered trellis
• Plant trees and shrubs
• Build a stone wall

Martha M.

Martha M.

I'm passionate about small DIY projects and my modest garden. I'm always up for a challenge! Soon after getting out of university, I realized I won't find many if I don't set the ground myself. Soon after, was created.

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