Reiko Caron shares six cost-effective ways to convert a small, dark backyard into a functional space.

Inspired by a recent trip to Portugal, the homeowner mimicked the look of her hotel’s landscape to create a unique, modern and design-forward outdoor space of her own. Get inspired by the six standout features — including a clever vertical herb garden idea — that elevate this stunning backyard. They prove that with a little elbow grease and a few savvy choices, you can elevate your backyard to stylish new heights.