Dwarf Blue Rocky Mountain Fir - Striking blue needles are soft to the touch (not sharply pointed like Spruce) and create a dense, pyramidal form. Excellent specimen for containers, rock gardens or to add structure and year-round color to flowering borders. An extremely hardy and easy-care plant.
Keep Plants Vertical, Not Horizontal - Horizontal space is at a premium in many of the best small backyard ideas. That's why it's good to look for shrubs and trees that max out interest as they grow up, not out. Try dwarf varieties for a small backyard, as well as more columnar evergreens (bonus—they boost wintertime interest, too).