How to Provide Shade in a Small Yard
In this courtyard, climbing vines at each corner will grow up the trellis and across the wires to soften the building and shade the table. As an alternative to wire, you could use rows of wood battens running along each wall.
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Give your small patio a cool, tranquil vibe by densely surrounding it with large-leaved plants. Go for a few tall specimens to create overhead shade and supplement them with midlevel and ground-cover foliage.
We often think that we shouldn’t clutter up a tiny yard with big plants, but a tree can, in fact, work well. Large proportions actually can help make a yard feel bigger. With this in mind, it pays to plant a tree in your compact space to provide an area of shade — and perhaps even a spot for a hanging chair.
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This patio is entirely in shade since the owners turned it into an outdoor room. The corrugated roof on the wooden structure shelters it from the sun’s strong afternoon rays.
If you can extend the footprint beyond the roof, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The easiest way to create a shaded spot is to push seating right up against the wall or fence that gets the least amount of sun. Tucking it into a leafy border is even better since the plants will help form a natural canopy.
This bench is ideal since there’s enough room for two or three people. The overhanging branches of the shrub behind it cast dappled light over the area, filtering harsh rays.
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A pergola is an elegant option for shading a yard, even in a small space. A wooden structure like this one is lovely in itself and even more beautiful with plants growing over it.
The thin wooden slats on this pergola go well with the contemporary design in the rest of the space, and they allow slivers of light to filter through to the area below.
If you want some flexible shade in your little yard, a shade sail is the way to go. This piece of canvas can be attached to any high hooks, branches or posts to shade you when the sun is at its hottest. When it gets cooler, you can simply take it down or move it to another position.