Small Yard Landscaping: Small yards are a unique landscaping dilemma. Overgrown plants can overwhelm a small setting. I have 6 Landscaping Tips for Small Yards that will make Landscaping Easy. The Seasoned Homemaker.
Keep the garden vertical. 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).