The neighborhood that we visited in Northeast Philly over the weekend to register voters was full of row houses. Although most didn't have backyards, each had a small patch of yard of about 18 x 18 feet in front. It made me think about how differently I would garden if I only had a small patch like this. Would I devote it all to vegetables or include flowers? I love to eat outside in nice weather, would I be able to make room for a table? Of course I noted the differences in approach, and was amazed at the creativity.
The stone patio has it's advantages. It would certainly be low maintenance. And you could put a table on it and surround it with containers.
This homeowner put in some nice evergreens which would look pretty in the wintertime etched in snow, or covered in twinkly lights. I see their appeal.
Some opted for a lawn. This one has a lone ornament.
One parent packed their patch with toys - and a swimming pool!
Lots of these small yards were sloped. This gardener made the most of it by packing it with pretty perrennials.
Although I didn't photograph them, lots of people were growning vegetables, in and out of containers. Mostly tomatoes and peppers. One yard even had a lone pumpkin vine.
A colorful neighborhood I hope to visit again.