For her small backyard, Californian Whitney Leigh Morris eschewed grass entirely, and filled the space with pavers and plantings. Lights strung above, and a tree growing by the fence, draw the eye up. See the full tour on Style Me Pretty.
olive trees in courtyard. Evergreen, soft grey tones, hardy and easily shaped. My husband really wants one of these in our garden so he can have an "on-tap" supply of olives and a reminder of my Italian roots.