You have to be clever with small gardens to create something simple and uncomplicated in the limited space available. A small yard is, in effect, a courtyard garden, and very different effects can be achieved within tight boundaries. A good rule of thumb is not to design anything too busy, and avoid too many decorative elements. Instead, stick to one main idea, and then follow it through by laying down simple lines and shapes. Focus on contrasting the textures of different materials, and always remember, less is more.
Here are a few landscape design ideas that work well in small garden spaces:
The surface materials you use to create the squares could be lawn or paving, or a combination. Your choice would depend on where you need a hard surface for seating or a dining area. Low planting can break up the garden into distinct areas. And around the perimeter of your garden space, sizable shrubs and trees help deflect attention away from boundary fences.
Garden of Rectangles
Rectangles and squares confined within low walls will convey an angular look. You can soften the harsh lines with the use of soft colors such as pinks and mauves. Natural stone and pebble floors can add to the garden's elegance.
Surround a specimen tree with a circular lawn and low-growing hedge for a stylish, formal design. It's a garden to view as well as to use. Add small pockets of planting in square beds in the corners.