If you live in an apartment, townhouse, condo, or row house then chances are pretty good that your backyard is not much more than a concrete patio. Maybe, just maybe, you have a small patch of grass, as well. Well, believe it or not, you can do a whole lot with that matchbook-sized space. These simple ideas will turn your "backyard" into an area you will not be able to get enough of.

M-Series Flora Garden Water Fountain

M-Series Flora Garden Water Fountain

Garden Fountains

Many think of garden fountains and picture pieces with multiple tiers. Some also picture huge ones with pools. If this sounds like you then you will be quite surprised when you start shopping for garden fountains. They are available in all sizes, including some that are quite small and perfect to place in the corner of your patio or in a flower bed.

Jensen Garden Water Fountain

Jensen Garden Water Fountain

Tiered Plant Stand

Whether you want to grow a variety of flowers or some vegetables and herbs in containers, a tiered plant stand will allow you to squeeze more into your space. A corner one will really allow you to maximize space. Do not forget to take advantage of hooks to hang baskets of flowers from, as well.

M-Series Medallion Garden Water Fountain

M-Series Medallion Garden Water Fountain

Tabletop Fireplace

You should be able to still enjoy your patio space on those cool spring mornings and crisp fall nights. A gel or bio ethanol tabletop fireplace will provide you with a little heat, so you are not forced indoors. You can easily carry it inside with you when you go in for the evening. Both fuel sources are smokeless and do not emit dangerous toxins, so you are not harming the environment.

Bird Feeder

You cannot understand how much you will enjoy having birds around until you actually have them to look at every day. In fact, you will soon notice that most birds return to eat at the same time every day. A birdfeeder can hang from a lawn hook or an overhead branch, if you are fortunate enough to have a tree. You might not be able to fit a bird bath on your patio, but a small dog bowl filled with fresh water every day will be appreciated.

Umbrella

Shade is absolutely essential. Plus, if your umbrella is big enough you can sit out there in the rain, too. If you just do not have the space to add an umbrella because it won't easily open then hang a canopy over the space instead.