This is the kind of landscapes Rick puts together.A very nicely done front yard rock garden with mulch. This mixed variety of grasses, trees, and shubs will mature over the years beautifully with very little maintenance or expense.
list of trees that are good for a smaller yard. These trees are really pretty, Most of them grow to be about feet in height. Japanese Maple Crabapple Flowering Dogwood Golden Chain Tree tree (looks similar to lilacs)
That's why it's good to look for shrubs and trees that max out interest as they grow up, not out. Try dwarf varieties for a small backyard, as well as more columnar evergreens (bonus—they boost wintertime interest, too).