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50+ ideas for small garden design

2. Adding a water feature to add interest

It is important to add features in any small patio garden or courtyard to make it interesting. This can be an architectural element such as built in planters that can double up as seating space, large planters (in groups of three, similar to these), water features or fire pits.


Adding a pond to your backyard can be a great way to bring nature closer to your home. Not only does it provide you with an attractive, calming view, but it also has many environmental benefits.

A pond can help improve the aquatic environment in your area by providing habitat for small animals and plants. Plus, small ponds are easy to design and maintain, so you don’t have to worry about spending too much time or money on upkeep. With a little bit of effort, you can create an oasis of beauty and tranquility in your own backyard!

In a courtyard, it would be best to have your pond raised and this can double as seating area. It is easy to create a beautiful pond and have small or medium fish specimens (like koi fish) in it.

50+ ideas for small garden design pond design
50+ ideas for small garden design pond design

Waterfall features

If you love the idea of a waterfall, consider whether it can be seen during the winter from inside the house and whether you have access to electricity (e.g., for a water pump) and to water.


Fountains come in all shapes these days so even if you want something contemporary, there will be a fountain that adds a modern vibe to your small garden.

Water rills

A water rill is an excellent way to bring nature into the design of your backyard. It is relatively easy to maintain and can be customized to fit any size yard, from small ponds to larger streams.

With careful planning and design, you can create a beautiful natural habitat that will attract birds, plants, insects, and other wildlife. Plus, it’s a great way to add some visual interest while also helping the environment!



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