The side yard is often an afterthought in the garden-design process — since it's small and hidden from view, it's easy to overlook, but sometimes you could turn it into a lush garden with a lot of detail to plants and landscaping.
My oldest son, Keith, and his family recently purchased a new home. They are super busy renovating the inside with hopes of moving in next month but they haven't even begun to think about the exterior landscaping. The backyard is long and narrow and totally devoid of landscaping. An old brick patio next to the house needs to be uncovered and releveled and the rest is in serious need of some inspiration.