This is a backyard that is simple, but nicely landscaped with a patio, lawn area, and planting beds. Everything here is in scale and not overcrowded, not too much. Overdoing it in a garden is something that is easy to forget - until we are slogging around in the backyard with a bobcat and wondering where that big hole came from - not that anything like that has ever happened around here! ~EBM
Create a Shady Escape: A shaded side yard might seem like a hopeless situation, but you're not out of luck. Give yourself a secret, shady place to cool off and escape the hot summer sun. Make a path, then plant around it with shade-loving plants suited to your area. Test Garden Tip: Use columnar trees to add shade and height without losing precious horizontal space.