Having a small yard doesn't mean that you can't have the sort of lawn that turns heads. There are many things you can do to create a really enjoyable environment when you only have a little bit of space to do so and being able to structure your yard landscaping in such a way that it comes together nicely without being crowded definitely helps. Beautifying a small yard can be just as satisfying and enjoyable as a larger lawn, if you take into account a few easy, simply things and put it together in a way that utilizes the space you have without looking jammed in there.
Before you decide that you're going to tackle a small yard project, you need to plan things out just as you would with a larger project, perhaps even more so as you are making use of a smaller space. Sit down with some pencils and graph paper. Graph paper is a great tool for designing any sort of around the house project because for every square foot- you can have a box representing to more easily visualize. The first thing you want to do is to draw in circles, squares, triangles- whatever works for you, to represent things that cannot be moved. Things like large trees, sidewalks, the driveway, the porch- things that are not going to change. Once you've done that, you've got a pretty clear picture of what you're working with.
Depending on your situation, the reason that many look into small yard landscaping is apartment, condo or duplex style living. If this is the case, you may want to focus on container gardening- this way, no changes to the existing lawn are really made, and you can build up a beautiful, comfortable sort of outdoor space that feels right for you. Also, for smaller spaces, remember that color counts. With container gardening, you can switch out the colors, in a much easier way- but make sure that the plants you're using and the colors you choose make the most of the space.
Some want that intimate, darkly deep woodsy feel, so if that's the case, choose bigger, fuller green plants like ferns and tall grasses. If you're looking for some thing more bright, bird friendly and looking to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and the like, you may want to look into some hanging plants and florals. Red florals often attract both hummingbirds and butterflies, and often, these can be easily integrated either in a smaller yard garden, windowbox or container garden.
Having a small yard space doesn't mean you can't make it personal, and it doesn't mean you cannot do a little landscaping and make yourself feel at home. It just means having to be a little more creative with the way you do things and often, building up instead of out. Think hanging plants, window boxes and containers for your small yard space, or raised beds if you're allowed to do so.