Small backyard in town, need some design help please
My fiance and I are trying to plan out a nice garden section in our small-ish back yard. Living in town usually means very limited space so I guess I cant complain- we actually have more yard than most of our neighbors.
Anyway, I sketched up an appx layout of the backyard and I'll drop some pictures in below as well. What I'd like to do is give a little bit of privacy to the backyard from the street to the left and make the back yard just in general, more inviting. I picked out a few different plants that I'd like to put back there and they are in pots right now in the back yard awaiting me to do some work...
Hydrangea "Endless Summer"
Hydrangea M Glory Blue mophead
Purpleleaf Sand Cherry "Prunus Cistena"
Japanese Spirea Goldflame "spirea japonica"
(2) Golden Vicary Privet Ligustrum
What I was thinking of doing was planting a smaller tree (Japanese Maple is what I'd like) to go towards the left side of the yard, but in front of the garage (not on the slim side portion). After that, some of the shrubs would be planted next to the tree to create a bit of a loose "hedge" or wall.
The other thing I considered was possibly building a raised wooden bed/planter (not sure what the correct term is for them?) about 1-2' high and 6-8 feet long which would then go on the inside of the hedge line or infront of the garage to plant some bulbs and perennials in.
What I'd really like to hear are what suggestions of what you would do with this space and hopefully I can get some direction and build off of that.
A few pics of the yard, and potential layouts...