The best plants for a small backyard are those that will help to maximize the space without overpowering the space. Planting vines that will cover a gate, a fence, or even a trellis is a great way to turn a horizontal surface into a green space. This also helps even small gardens to feel lush and full of life. Be sure to choose plants that can be easily pared back or plants that will not grow too large. Potted plants, including potted herbs and vegetables, also allow you to create dimension in a small backyard garden.
Very small back yards are sometimes best outfitted with potted plants. One of the best things about potted plants is that the can be rearranged as necessary. A small backyard garden can be prepped for a party by moving all of the plants to one area of the garden and by moving a few inside. This also allows people to enjoy plants that need to be kept inside during the winter. Potted plants can also be arranged on risers so that they are both visible and accessible, even when they are arranged in layers.
Incorporating colorful flowers is a wonderful way to accent a small backyard garden. It is usually best, however, to choose just one or two colors for a small backyard garden. Three or more colors of flowers can make a small garden feel too busy and full. Another way to incorporate color into a small backyard garden is to plant flowers that have blossoms of similar color. This is a great way to create a colorful garden that does not seem overpowered by too many colors in one small space.
For those who enjoy cooking with home grown herbs and vegetables, even a small backyard garden can be turned into a vegetable patch. A variety of vegetables and herbs can be grown in even very small spaces. This is also true for gardens in which the plants are primarily kept in pots. Many herbs and vegetables can be grown in pots.
If the area does not already receive shade from an awning or nearby trees, then consider creating shade with a garden arch or a small pergola. These structures will provide a bit of shade on their own, but will be most effective when they are covered in vines. This is also a good way to create a sitting area in the back yard that can be used during fair weather.