What To Do if You Have Just a Little Bit of Outdoor Space
If you live in a big city, or in a smaller house in a small one, chances are good that your outdoor space (if you have one at all) is pretty small. But just because you don’t have an expansive, suburban-style backyard doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful retreat, a place you’ll look forward to escaping to every day. Here’s a little inspiration from nine tiny outdoor spaces.
Gentle steps and numerous planters help to make the most of the side yard of this UK home, spotted on the Wealden Times.
Here’s another side yard, this one in New Orleans, from Southern Living. Placing the garden in the middle, surrounded by a walkway, means there’s room for growing and also for meandering, even in a space that’s only 14 feet wide.
This townhouse by Lubrano Ciavarra, in New York’s West Village, has a petite backyard, made slightly less cavelike by the walls of plantings.
Plants in different shades and heights create a feeling of lushness in this long, narrow townhouse backyard from Garden Club London.
It’s no secret that I love water features of any kind, so I’m especially impressed with the owners of this New Orleans home, who managed to squeeze a hot tub (and a few plantings, too!) into a very, very narrow outdoor space. It’s proof that it’s possible to create an inviting retreat in even the tiniest of spaces.