A small, rectangular yard can be as relaxing and even easier to maintain than a larger yard. Follow this guide as a simple landscape design.
1 Choose a Theme
Your theme will depend on the climate: rainy, dry, or the need to conserve water. Consider the types of plants and if birds are to be invited guests then choose the types of plants that will attract certain varieties. In Southern California, a homeowner who likes hummingbirds will choose lavender and salvia.
Themes may also be chosen around antiques or contemporary looks: old milk cans or wheel barrows used in flower beds offer charm, or small and efficient modern-looking fountains give a "cutting edge" look.
2 Select Spacing
Think of a small, rectangular yard as an outdoor room or perhaps two rooms. Do you want the side of it to have a dirt path separating grass from flower beds? Do you have small children? If so, they could have a small sandbox area and outdoor area for their toys. Their area could be "hidden" or set apart from the other part of the yard by a few small shrubs or flowering vines on a trellis.
Creating a "hidden" space can give a feeling of greater privacy and depth to the yard.
If children are sports-oriented, then selecting an area for a small soccer goal or pitching machine are an option. The use of nets allows full force to be used in a small space. It's also possible to landscape in a small putting green which can be fun when friends are over.
A small patio as a sitting area such as 8 feet x 8 feet can give a clear visiting space.
3 Coordinate Colors
What colors do you want to coordinate between your plants and the materials used in a path or stone wall? The use of colors will add continuity and tie together the yard.
4 Selecting Accents
For a small yard, the use of small rocks can give the appearance of a stream and have a sense of flow. A few larger rocks can be set among plants and add depth to a flower bed. Fountains and wind chimes add character and charm. Small fountains can easily be set in a corner and the running water can be soothing. A planter pot, about 2 feet in diameter, can accommodate gold fish using a small, durable filter.
5 Watering Lawns and Plants
In dry climates where sprinkler systems are necessary, drip heads in flower beds can have watering lines run directly from the outlets to the plants themselves. This is better than spray heads that water larger areas and encourage the growth of weeds.
Taking the time to plan a small, rectangular yard is worth the effort and even allows homeowners to budget wisely as they create their new haven.