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Small Backyard Garden Plans

Updated February 21, 2017

A small backyard is not always an ideal place for growing a garden. The lack of space can limit the number and types of flowers and plants that can be grown successfully. However, it is possible to make a backyard garden beautiful and productive. With a bit of ingenuity and some planning, you can create a garden within a small backyard.

Terrace Gardening

Terrace gardening is a simple way to make a small space more productive. By building up several layers of topsoil and supporting it with bricks or landscaping timbers, a gardener can greatly increase the growing space available. Terraces can also be used to create waterfalls and water gardens in a small backyard. This type of garden is ideal for small backyards that have fences or hills to use as a base for the terrace garden.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are great for small backyards because they condense a garden into a small area and allow for greater productivity at the same time. Raised garden beds can be built using landscaping timbers or two-by-fours. The soil in raised beds is less compact, which means plants and flowers can be planted in greater numbers. These types of garden beds can increase the number of plants in a backyard without taking up too much space.

Hanging Garden

A hanging garden can be a great solution to a small backyard. Many types of plants can be grown in hanging planters, including flowers and even strawberries. Hanging planters can be placed along fence posts, above doors and along a deck or patio. Add potted plants to a hanging garden to create a more traditional garden atmosphere. Use hanging and potted plants to create a garden if the yard is too small for planting.

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About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.