No matter the size or layout of your backyard, landscaping ideas can help enhance its outdoor living space. From adding a trellis or children’s play area, these landscaping suggestions will surely transform it.
If your home doesn’t feature a front yard, decorate its entryway with lush green plants like this design by Terremoto Landscape.
Stepping stones are an inexpensive, versatile hardscaping idea that can go far in helping define garden areas and lead guests towards special features, like patios or trees. Their ease of use also allows you to design walkways and paths in ways that fit with your design style; elegant pathways such as this stone one lead guests directly into a seating area while more organic pathways like this one feature pebbles for texture and color accents.
Stepping stones differ from grass in that they do not need to be watered or cut regularly; you can even place them in wet spots to help avoid puddles since water drains much quicker through gravel and stone than through soil. Plus, they look great year-round and don’t require refreshing or replacement like mulch or flowerbeds do.
Backyard landscaping ideas that make use of stepping stones are ideal for creating pathways between various parts of your garden. In this example, a stone path connects a cozy dining space, Adirondack chairs and firepit to the rest of its low maintenance landscape filled with low care plants and shrubs.
Add color and interest to your rock garden by lining its walkway with colorful pebbles like turquoise. Doing this will highlight the stones while also complementing any flowers in beds or window boxes. For an ordered walkway, consider using concrete pavers; flagstone, tan rock, or brick could all work too to create an eye-catching yet budget-friendly path that’s sure to enhance any landscape.
A pergola is a freestanding garden structure that provides partial shade and shelter from the elements. Similar to arbors and gazebos, but typically more substantial walls on three or more sides make up a pergola than their counterparts.
A wooden pergola adds visual interest and shapely architecture to a backyard when adorned with fast-growing climbing plants such as wisteria, roses, jasmine, morning glory or clematis. Plus, this structure makes an excellent seating area as its enclosed nature keeps visitors away.
Garden designer Fi Boyle recommends surrounding a pergola with planting to blend it in seamlessly into its environment, such as pleached trees or multi-stemmed shrubs. Lighting up a string is another simple way to enhance its atmosphere – particularly at nighttime.
Some backyards may not be ideal for entertaining and may be better suited for relaxation; in such an instance, pergolas can be utilized to create an outdoor lounge area. A coffee table, some chairs and decorative lanterns can transform this shaded spot into more of an intimate escape than simply providing shade while gardening.
For a casual atmosphere, opt for a vine-covered wooden pergola in its natural wood color; for more contemporary settings consider choosing an aluminum or concrete trellis-like structure as shown here. If your pergola has seen better days, paint it a neutral color such as gray – this will draw the eye away from any wear and tear as well as giving a fresh new look! To revive an old, weathered structure consider painting it in one or both contrasting colors (white/gray etc) which will draw it attention away from wear and tear while giving it new life – giving it new life as part of its new life cycle!
A trellis adds both structure and color to a garden, serving as the backbone for climbing vines or vegetables that run amok, providing visual relief in large spaces or serving as an aesthetic accent on walls or fences. There are various designs of trellises out there; here are some key principles you should remember when planning or building one for your backyard garden trellis:
Arch, tepee, grid, fan and ladder trellises are among the many different varieties of trellises available to gardeners today. An arch trellis features two flat sides connected by an arched top that acts to guide plants along a pathway or encourage scramblers to climb vertically instead of horizontally – ideal for use in flower gardens where delicate vines may otherwise damage structures nearby.
Other trellis designs are more structured, making an eye-catching statement in your landscape or serving as an entryway into your home. A tepee-style trellis made of wood or metal provides plants a place to grow while remaining open and airy – ideal for growing flowers!
Grid trellises are an excellent option for vegetable gardens as they can support heavy crops such as squash and cucumbers. A grid trellis may be constructed using wire mesh, wood, or aluminum materials – all great choices when it comes to selecting an effective garden structure!
Wood trellises topped with large grid panels can add a sophisticated touch to an outdoor seating space, such as this one. It provides the backdrop for lush green plants such as berries and peonies while ornamental grasses and shrubs add layers of texture that completes this garden design.
An idyllic backyard garden doesn’t need to be just for adults – even small yards have space for creative outdoor play spaces like this one complete with swing set, tire swing and sandbox. Kids will have hours of imaginative outdoor adventure here!
Children can be hard on landscape features, so when selecting surfaces for playground use it’s essential that they be durable yet forgiving of bumps, scrapes and jumps. Gravel, mulch and paving options all make suitable playground materials while fall risks should always be kept in mind when selecting surfaces for elevated decks and patios; fences or planters provide added safety for small jumps from falling off ledges or balconies.
Imagineering doesn’t require expensive equipment – just look at this charming fairy garden made by upcycling flowerpots, logs and old gumboots into enchanting homes for the fairies. Kids of all ages enjoy creating stories and adventures outside – giving them tools for this can help get them away from their screens and into nature!
When creating a children’s play area, make sure it can be seen easily from indoor and outdoor living spaces so all family members are encouraged to join the fun. Also ensure there are various spaces to cater to all types of play – here, kid-friendly sandbox and sprinkler are positioned close to a climbing wall, slide, basketweave path made out of natural boulders taking advantage of grade changes in the yard; while soft, round gravel helps prevent kids from getting splinters while concrete or pavement options could cause knee pain;
Many garden designs incorporate both plants and structures, which can make creating the desired atmosphere challenging. Eyesores such as power boxes or AC equipment that stand out can be particularly troublesome; fortunately there are creative solutions for disguising such unsightliness: one option is hiding it behind shrubs of various heights; this creates depth while simultaneously blocking your eyes from seeing unsightly equipment or machinery; alternatively feather reed grass can provide depth as a natural barrier while becoming an eye-catching focal point when blooming!
Raised garden beds can help hide unsightly equipment like water meters and electricity boxes from view, such as decorative trellis panels covered in evergreen climbers to make this space feel part of the garden, and you could use this space for tools, supplies or anything else you need out of sight.
Use plants to create a screen and secluded corner in your garden. This will help conceal any blemishes on the boundary of your yard while creating an inviting atmosphere for relaxing outside. Taller plants like bamboo, ornamental grasses and Carex pendula make great options as they will naturally provide privacy while their rustling in the breeze will add an element of tranquillity to the experience.
If you need further inspiration, other ways include covering these areas with trellis or lattice as well as adding decorative stonework, wall art and statues – these will all bring life to your garden while providing fun DIY projects for the whole family.