Here's an actual photo of my yard, so you can be the judge:
I live in a townhouse development, and you can see that my fence is actually a privacy fence rather than a picket fence; but I do have a palm tree back there. I don't have cats, but my neighbor's cat has made my backyard his second home! BTW, we dug up the grass soon after we moved in 27 years ago and put down mulch. I don't have much of a green thumb, and mulch seemed to be the better choice -- and the crotons give me some color back there. Out of camera range is a small patio that has a bistro table and two chairs as well as a rocker. I can go back there (when it's not too hot or rainy) and read. And, when it's in bloom, my hibiscus is beautiful!
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