Landscape Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Over the years, houses in Colorado Springs have continued to be built larger and larger, and in many areas, the lots sizes have become smaller and smaller. Many master-planned communities, by offering lots of open spaces and parks in place of larger lots, have created even smaller yard spaces. Other times, challenging terrain can leave you with a smaller yard than you might be used to. A smaller yard doesn’t need to be a bad thing. Here are a few ideas to make the most out your landscape in a small space.

Terraced retaining walls create room for ample patio space and provide attractive planting beds in this small space.

Terraced retaining walls create room for ample patio space and provide attractive planting beds in this small space.

Make the Most of Your Space

A surefire way to make the most of your small space is to consider the way you would like to enjoy your outdoor space. A generous patio can be incorporated into a small space and will provide an environment you’ll enjoy for years to come. 

This small back yard in Cordera doesn’t sacrifice anything, plenty of patio space, a cedar pergola, a built in gas fire pit, and seat wall offer  year round outdoor enjoyment.

This small back yard in Cordera doesn’t sacrifice anything, plenty of patio space, a cedar pergola, a built in gas fire pit, and seat wall offer  year round outdoor enjoyment .

Add a focal point

Adding a focal point that makes a powerful architectural statement can help overcome a small space. A pergola or fire feature can serve as  a stunning focal point. They also create a warm and welcoming area for outdoor entertaining. View more outdoor living ideas.

This small space in the Broadmoor uses a number of little accents to create a very enjoyable small garden space.

This small space in the Broadmoor uses a number of little accents to create a very enjoyable small garden space.

Add Some Accents:

You don’t always need a powerful focal point, sometimes adding a few smaller accents can add a nice depth and variety to a smaller outdoor space. Garden paths, planting pots, creek beds, benches, small water features or fountains, and even outdoor art pieces can serve nicely to break up smaller spaces.

Dense plantings create privacy around this cozy outdoor living space located in Monument.

Dense plantings create privacy around this cozy outdoor living space located in Monument.

Plant for Your Space

There are a number of ways choosing the right plant can help your little outdoor space feel like it’s just the right fit. One way is to use plantings for screening, by not staring directly at your neighbor’s home, you’ll feel like the space is less confining. Another way to help your tiny space is to select the right plants for the right space. There are a number of trees and shrubs that have dense, upright growth habits that will allow you to create some height in even the smallest of spaces without the fear of one day having them overgrow the space or growing into your home. Many popular Front Range plantings, including Lilacs, Dogwood, and Spruce are available in dwarf cultivars as well.

Having a smaller yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful backyard. With proper planning and design, you can ensure your landscape will have a big impact you’ll be able to enjoy for years, regardless of space.  Talking to one of our designers is a great way to ensure you’re making the most of your smaller outdoor space. Contact us today to get in touch with a designer.

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