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Of the many options available for running bamboo, my favorites for small gardens are Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo) and Phyllostachys aurea (golden bamboo) because of their slow growth rate and stunning culm coloring. Golden bamboo works well against a dark backdrop, and black bamboo provides great contrast to lighter plantings in the garden.

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16 Ways to Get More from Your Small Backyard

15. Create a focal point. As with adding character, a focal point takes attention off the size of the space. Arthur likes to use water features. He's even added a single large planter right in the center of a small backyard to draw the eye into the center and push the walls away. "It's a trick of the eye," he says.

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This small court yard has been made to feel very welcoming with the use of concrete and hard surfaces. I think the warm lighting helps. I really like the retaining borders.

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