Re: Small garden
Depends on what a girl WANTS to do.
First thing I would suggest is to install a driveway and entry. Driveway should be from the fence to the edge of the existing sidewalk, the sidewalk should be pulled and redone either with pavers or it can be poured with the new driveway, but I would be inclined to stamp and stain it so that it's an element unto it's own.
It looks like you need to maintain access to whatever the structure is at the left end of the house, with that I'd either install a second walkway from the street OR tee off of the entry walk and use pavers or stepping stones to define the path. I would maintain a flower bed along the house with the pathway next to it, then grass or develop the rest of the area with plants and shrubs. If underground and overhead utilities permit, a specimen tree would also be a nice addition in the middle of the yard.
Whatever you plan, make sure to include irrigation and electrical so that you can water and accent light paths, coach lights at the corners of the driveway/walkway, foot lighting, etc.
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