Just because a home does not have a lot of landscape real estate to utilize does not mean you can't create a colorful and vibrant design. To create your own personalized landscape, bring in favorite plants and other decorative items, but make sure they don't overpower the space. Place them strategically around the landscape to create the feel of a larger space and to improve the look of the home.
Pathways are an ideal way to connect areas of the landscape together while creating an inviting design to a small house. Made from materials like flagstone, crushed gravel, slate and brick, paths are a versatile and can be created to fit any size space. For a small house, use the natural curves of the land to create the path. A 2- to 3-foot-wide path is an ideal width for a walking path and also easily accommodates gardening equipment like wheelbarrows. Pebbles, a durable and attractive stone, are weather-resistant and provide traction to the path. They are also easy to spread along the landscape and the multi-colored rocks blend in well within the garden and are soft underfoot. To refresh a pebble path around the home, lay a fresh 3- to 4-inch layer and rake to level out the path. Alongside the stone path, plant low-growing plants like sedum and creeping thyme. Both are highly textured and add a bright burst of green alongside the pebble path.
When you don't have a lot of space around a small house to plant flowerbeds and borders, containers are the next best thing. They come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors to match with the existing landscape. Classic containers like terra-cotta and other stone pots create an attractive display to the home. Other containers made from metal, plastic and wood are also available and look striking when nestled along the landscape. To create colorful containers to situate around the landscape, use perennial plants like black-eyed Susan and coreopsis. Both have an upright, clumping form and bright flowerheads that help to fill out the container while adding color to the landscape. To fill in small spaces, use bright annuals such as zinnia and lantana. Both grow in bright colors like reds, oranges and yellows to a much-needed burst of color to the small landscape.
Water features add a trickling sound of music to the background of the landscape that welcomes you as you enter and exit the home. Made from a wide range of materials including stone, plastic and metal, water features come in many sizes to accommodate a small home. Container fountains are ideal water features to add to a small house because they don't take up a lot of room but provide just as much design impact as a larger fountain. Stone container fountains are ideal nestled along the entry of the home or tucked along an entry path or perennial garden.