Small landscaping ideas for the front yard
Alison: these may help you
If you have a small yard go vertical. We do this with fencing, pergola and a grape vine structure. Our yard is about 20' deep and maybe 60' wide. We have one small garden space on the sunny side, next to our back porch entrance.
I would do 2 things first:
You can also go to public gardens and nurseries and copy their layouts - and take advantage of their sales people/guides who can tell you what grows well in the conditions you have to work with.
Alison, we have a postage stamp yard all over. Here are some ideas we found that you may like, and also some we applied to our yard in several places. Maybe one will work for you: