Whether designing on a small or large scale, always follow the same principles of balance, proportion, repetition, and variety of form, interesting texture, and a cohesive colour scheme. In a small space, do not use too many different plants and
colours or the area will end up looking busy and appear cramped. To create the illusion of more space, consider a change in elevation. For a small backyard, you may wish to design two or three levels with steps between, giving the appearance of garden “rooms”. Use layering in the garden to create the interest. For example under plant Golden Dwarf False Cypress with Blue Chip Juniper, so it emerges from a low blue carpet of a contrasting evergreen texture. You could also under plant a Weeping Japanese Maple with Burgundy Glow Bugleweed. With a little planning, a small area can be transformed into a collective garden of unusual plants of varying form, colour, and texture. As you choose slow-growing plants that are right for your garden.