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You may think that because you have only a small backyard that your hardscaping options are limited.

Think again. Not only are there a number of good hardscaping ideas for small backyards, but many hardscape projects are actually best utilized in smaller spaces. 

Here are some big ideas for your small yard.

6 Hardscaping Ideas For Your Small Backyard

Raised beds 

Your ground space may be limited, but your airspace doesn’t have to be. A raised garden or flower bed gives you greater flexibility and maximizes the use of your space because you can store things like a hose or watering can underneath the bed. 

Patio island 

A patio in such a small yard? Yes, but it’s not what you think. Consider building a small patio “island” away from the house that’s just big enough for a bench or a couple of chairs. Raise the patio off the ground with a few stairs to provide some visual depth that will make the space appear bigger. 

Vertical elements

Trellises and lattices are great ways to make a small backyard feel bigger by providing a visual that draws the eyes upward. The use of ground space will be minimal, and you can have a big garden despite your small space as many vegetables including tomatoes, peas, beans, and cucumbers grow well vertically

Water features

Water fountains and birdbaths are a great way to incorporate water into a small space. Once again, you’ll draw the eyes upward for a larger feel while at the same time creating a soothing and relaxing ambiance for your space. 


Lighting can go a long way to creating a visual that adds an element of depth to a small space. Use lights to highlight above-ground architecture along with pathways on the ground for a high-low combination of depth and separation.  


A fire pit requires minimal space and can serve as the centerpiece of your yard. And when installed in a small backyard, it creates a cozy and intimate environment that can be hard to duplicate in bigger spaces. 

See What’s Possible For Your Backyard in Raleigh, NC

No yard is too small, and no job is too big for the experts at Redwood Land Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. Schedule a consultation with our team to see what’s possible for your backyard. We’ll perform an on-site assessment and provide you with a free estimate for your project. Then we’ll build out a work plan and timeline to fit your vision

With the help of Redwood Land Design, you can do big things in your small yard.