Dense plantings create a private retreat in a small backyard. Designer Katrina Leonidov Fairchild slightly elevated the area, added a small lawn and surrounded it with pomegranates, salvias, a chitalpa tree, bougainvillea and other colorful plants.
A small side entry is transformed into usable garden space with a stylish pergola that blocks the view of second-story neighbors and creates sufficient shade for the large windows. Design by Pamela Berstler
Surrounded by Greenery
Roses, butterfly bush, Japanese maple and a vine-swathed fence give this patio privacy and create a bright oasis for the backyard. Landscape designer Pam Berstler used four redwood posts and decomposed granite flooring to define a sitting area within the small garden.
View for Two
There's only room for two in this dreamy, cottage-style garden. Design by Virginia Rockwell
True Outdoor Room
A small meditation room looks out on a colorful perennial bed. It's easy to spend a few hundred dollars on plants when outfitting a garden room, so stick with long-lived perennials. Design by Joan Grabel
Along the Path
This small garden maximizes usable space and creates the feeling of a tropical hideaway. Design by Heather Hardcastle