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.
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.
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.
A small deck is the centerpiece of this tiny Australian backyard spotted on Houzz.
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.
A particularly formal layout works well for this small townhome backyard from Foras Studio.
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.
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.
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.
Squeezing a pool into a small backyard? Yes, it's possible. Check out our roundup of twelve spaces that managed to do just that.
Re-edited from a post originally published 6.2.16-NT