Just because you have a small amount of space for small patio landscaping does not mean that you cannot create a stylish and relaxing patio. All it means is you will have to plan a little more and plot out what you have space for and what you do not. But the last thing you want to do is give up on the idea completely.
When considering patio design ideas do not be limited by convention, think about how you use the outdoor space and how you would like to transform the area to fully utilize the needs of your family. Sophisticated fun or family play are all easily achieved with a little imagination.
The first thing you want to do is determine exactly how much space you have. Just because it is small does not mean that you do not have enough space for anything. Get the exact dimensions for the space that is available. Once you have an exact measurement, start to plot out how you would like to design your patio. Do you want a basic square perimeter, a rectangular perimeter, or do you want to be creative and come up with a unique and innovative design? Keep in mind that the design you come up with will determine what you can include on your patio.
The problem many people run into is wanting too much with not enough room. The last thing you should do is clutter your patio just to fit everything you want. A patio should be fun, relaxing, and stylish. By putting too much on your patio it becomes just the opposite from relaxing and stylish. Because of this, you have to determine what will add to your patio without going overboard. Patio furniture should be toward the top of the list so that you and others have something to sit back and relax on. Plants take up little room and can be hung to save space as well. And finally, you can consider putting a grill or a small trickling waterfall to set the mood right if space permits it.