Need Help Landscaping a very small yard
I am a new homeowner and new to landscaping. We need to landscape our tiny backyard. Right now the layout is something like this:
The length of the plot on which the house sits is 50'. The house takes up most of it leaving 6' on one side and 4' on another side. On the back, there is a 8.75' by 26.75 ft (along the house) covered patio. 5' of this is concrete and the rest is brick. The next 5' is gravel with flagstone paths. Then comes an edging (metal) and some kind of metal wire arch fence about 2' high. Then there is a bed of sorts for the nect 3-4' to the fence. There are some banana trees and oleander, some vines. There is a similar bed touching the house on the other side next to the patio.
This is the setup with which we bought the house. Now, I feel that since the small space has been divided into so many tiny spaces, it looks really small. I would like to do the following:
Make the patio floor unified, lay tile (after removing the brick and pouring a concrete slab) on the concrete, place edging along the fence and extend the gravel to the fence leaving space around the plants with bender boards?, pland some colorful foliage plants (BTW, the whole backyard is shady from the house on one side and tall trees in the barn behind us), maybe place a focal point in a distant part of the yard and have some lighting.
I am looking for advice, on my idea,, budget etc. I am seeking all advice, please help.
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