Make Every Inch Count: Ideas & Inspiration for Small Backyards

Make Every Inch Count: Ideas & Inspiration for Small Backyards

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 2, 2016
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If you think that having a small backyard means you can't enjoy your outdoor space as much, think again. We've rounded up 9 inspiring spaces and ideas to help you make the most of your backyard, no matter its size.

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For her small backyard, Californian Whitney Leigh Morris eschewed grass entirely, and filled the space with pavers and plantings. Lights strung above, and a tree growing by the fence, draw the eye up. See the full tour on Style Me Pretty.

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This small backyard from Better Homes & Gardens is all about entertaining. A circle of gravel, surrounded by concrete edging, provides a spot for a fire pit and outdoor loungers.

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A small deck is the centerpiece of this tiny Australian backyard spotted on Houzz.

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An espaliered tree is a great way to fill a big blank wall — and also to fit fruit trees into a very small space. Get the instructions at Better Homes & Gardens.

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A particularly formal layout works well for this small townhome backyard from Foras Studio.

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This spot from Better Homes & Gardens is actually a side yard, but there's still plenty of inspiration here for a small backyard. The combination of brick pavers, gravel, and plantings makes for a beautiful, enjoyable outdoor area even in a tight space. To make room for entertaining, you could enlarge one of the brick areas to fit a table and chairs.

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The folks at City Farmhouse transformed their small backyard into an inviting retreat with spots for dining and lounging, a vegetable garden, and a fire pit.

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Here's another inspiring side yard from Better Homes & Gardens, with a pergola and plenty of tall plantings that give the space a secret-garden feel.

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Squeezing a pool into a small backyard? Yes, it's possible. Check out our roundup of twelve spaces that managed to do just that.

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