For her small backyard, Californian Whitney Leigh Morris eschewed grass entirely, and filled the space with pavers and plantings. Lights strung above, and a tree growing by the fence, draw the eye up. See the full tour on Style Me Pretty.
awesome Top 10 tips for garden design to make the most of small spaces - David Domoney
Definitely want some pretty Acers (Japanese Maple) in the garden. Like the small raised bed and uplighting here also.