Small rectangular backyard beside driveway
Greetings from Kitchener, Ontario!
We have a small rectangular backyard that is currently just a weedy lawn and never used (too shady, nowhere to sit, nothing to do)!
I've been browsing the internet, looking for ideas, and have come up with a couple. Could you suggest some more ideas? All comments are greatly appreciated :)
Dimensions: 56' long, 20' wide
West edge: 2 1/2 storey house
North edge: asphalt driveway, 8'x8' shed at the end of the driveway at the NE corner, 6' off the east edge
East edge: 4' high cedar plank fence, backside of neighbouring buildings
South edge: 6"-1' drop to the neighbours' backyards
If you're the visual type, I quickly made a sketch: http://imgur.com/SnGg7.jpg
Here are our ideas so far:
- I picked up eight 2'x1.5' pieces of slate, could be used for a walkway
- Also picked up 600 grey bricks (typical size of 8.5"x4"x2.5") - they're weathered without being in poor shape and could be used for short retaining walls, raised beds, paths...
- Because the backyard is so shady (refer to sketch I posted to see why!) we'll have to rely mostly on shade-loving plants!
- We could build an easy privacy fence with t-bars and 4'x8' lattice along the south edge of the property?
Thanks once again for any suggestions or layouts you'd be willing to share!