99 Backyard Ideas: Inspiring Landscaping for Your Property
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99 Ideas for the Backyard: Inspiring Landscaping for Your Property

Whether you’ve recently moved to a new home or simply want a front yard revitalization or a backyard makeover, you’re here for landscaping ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Seeing spatial arrangement of flowerbeds, outdoor furniture, patio ideas, garden features, and even outdoor kitchens and dining areas will bring out your inner landscape designer, allowing you to create amazing outdoor spaces.

These unique looks will bring greenery, intrigue, and family enjoyment (fire pit, anyone?) to your backyard retreat. And now, drum roll please, 99 backyard ideas.

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Completing the Look

Assorted artificial moss rocks on a greenry ground with decorative red bugs,rabbit and flowers.

These artificial moss rocks are actually available on Amazon and are one of the more… different outdoor ideas we’ve seen.

But it’s often the small details that complete the look you’re trying to achieve. Whether you have an indoor garden area to add to or are looking for some small features for porches, patios, or decks, mossy rocks can add a touch of interest along a garden path or within potted plants and fairy gardens.

On a Ride

Two little yellow bikes on orange and purple flowers beside the fence

Solar garden lights are a popular feature to help showcase your hard work as the night begins to fall. And why settle for plain, boring lighting just like everyone else has? Instead, add a personalized touch that helps highlight who you are. These bike lights are available for sale.

Sectional Seating

Rattan sectional set with cushions placed on a stoned walkway with bedrock on the background

Enjoy your outdoor area by providing a specific place for your own comfort. You can get a simple set like this on Amazon without breaking the bank. As a private getaway or a place to entertain, a weatherproof, comfortable lounge area is perfect for gatherings and relaxation.

Privacy Hedges

Luxury house exterior with impressive backyard landscape design and a cozy patio area

Arborvitae or similar evergreens are perfect certain living fences that add both a beautiful backyard backdrop and texture to your landscaping. It is much more personal than a tall wooden fence, and more inviting to your neighbors as well.

Outdoor Space Patio Perfection

Impressive backyard landscape design. Cozy patio area with settees and table

Although decks are popular, they often require a lot of upkeep. Patios are long lasting, easier to maintain, and still, provide an excellent place to gather and put your own personalized touches on.

Designer Decking

Residential backyard deck overlooking lawn and lake

Overlook your backyard from a lofty height with a designer deck shape made to entertain and provide a peaceful getaway off the lawn. Decks are a popular place to gather and relax upon, and also are a great addition to your home.

Natural Ponds

Beautiful classical design garden fish pond in a well cared backyard gardening background

Water features are often popular to help provide both interests and draw in favored birds and pollinators. All yard designs, big or small, can benefit from a natural pond of some sort as the main attraction.

The Arbor Way

Climbing plant wood structure in the garden and serves as a path walk

Arbors of all sorts are popular in both big and small yards alike. Choose contemporary designs in wrought iron and clean whites, or take a more rustic route and let your trailing vines provide a unique view year after year.

Sensual Sitting

Rounded metal structure with several colorful cushions in a wooden backyard

Provide cozy outdoor seating for privacy and intimacy with your own covered area. You can also use this type of structure to grow your very own vegetation over it and provide a fragrant zone of colorful flowers. Note the string lights, which add nighttime intrigue.

Best of Both Worlds

Furst 5 Piece Sectional Seating Group with Cushions in the pool area

The water beyond to provide the best of both worlds when enjoying your outdoor sitting area. Cushioned seating can be easily reconfigured for various needs- whether a nice intimate chat, or a more social event is occurring.

Sit Back and Relax

Two wooden adirondack chairs on lush green lawn with trees

You don’t need any specialized sitting area to sit back and relax while enjoying your property. Sometimes a more natural effect unbroken by any landscaping detail is all you need for the perfect setting.

Fire Pit Gathering

Luxury backyard fire pit at sunset

A raised fire pit (or built-in fireplace), patio, and some comfortable chairs are all you need to welcome in the evening. DIY firepits are popular and generally easy to make, but even if you feel you don’t have the space for something large, consider a smaller version for enjoyment.

Small Spaces

Luxury house backyard. View of walkout desk with patio table set and basketball court

Don’t disregard the small spaces you have as not fit for a deck. Sometimes the most unexpected areas are perfect for a small, intimate sitting area. For example, the front of the house is often overlooked as the perfect placement.

Raised Borders

Natural stone landscaping in home garden

Tiered, raised garden beds and borders allow for a gradual rise to your home if you happen to have interesting landscaping rises and falls. Place your lower growing ground covers and interesting textures along the bottom rows, and taller plants along the background.

Urban Backyards

A small garden with plenty of creative touches including a live wreath, a lantern, a birdhouse and a rock stack.

A small backyard doesn’t equate a boring backyard. Deep fencing, decking, and sitting areas- along with some well-placed vegetation- can easily give the illusion of depth (and privacy). Add some potted plants for even more variety.

Shady Alternatives

Backyard with green grass fence and house covered deck.

To fully enjoy your yard year round, you may want to consider some shade alternatives. These also double as protection from elements in all sorts of weather, and through all seasons. Structures can include gazebo designs, metal and tin structures, or even roof extensions over your patio area as shown here.

Mossy Stonework

Simple and elegant white chairs and tables in a patio with flowers on the background

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If you have large areas of ground to cover, consider using slabs of stone and grow some hardy, green ground cover between each piece. These are perfect for entertainment areas, and also work as an extension of your lawn without a harsh border.

Chaise Lounge for Two

Chaise lay back lounge with several indoor plants with view of sea on the background

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This cool take on a chaise lounge allows you to lay back and relax with your favorite person, and favorite drinks to while away a breezy afternoon. This weightless design is sure to become a fast favorite and should be reserved for the queen and king of the household.

Peaceful Trickle

Big pergola with rustic chairs and bench open to beautiful small pond with little waterfall

You don’t have to move into the deep forest to enjoy the gentle sound of running water. Take advantage of the low lying areas of your yard and create a natural landscape that incorporates your waterfall and pond features.

A Yard to Romp Within

Play kinds ground area with trampoline and a slide in fenced backyard during summer.

If you have children, then you most likely dream of an area you can turn them loose in. You can definitely take advantage of a grassy lawn to make specific to play, as well as entertainment, and gardening.

Annual Plantings

Flowerbed of colorful flowers against wall with windows

If you like having a flower garden, then you are sure to have a few favored perennials that you enjoy watching grow and bloom each year. Annuals are often forgotten about as an amazing addition to adding borders, colors, and texture. These are often fast growing and come in an amazing array of choices to complement your more permanent plantings.

Cool Escape

Rear view of luxury home with swimming pool

Forgo a traditional pool- instead create a more natural look for a cooling, summertime experience. Slate slabs are the perfect landscaping solution if you want to hide more synthetic looking additions to your yard and garden.

Decorative Patio

Backyard with walkout patio. Birch tree growing on backyard area

Cement slabs provide a lot of opportunity for decorative touches. Variations in color, brick and cement mixtures or even designs can be utilized when designing and laying out your patio areas.

Decking Designs

Deck view of a luxury house with bonding area of furnitures

Decks are always a great place to gather and entertain, but it also provides a wonderful area to sit back and relax upon. Family meals, board games, and great conversation occur when out of doors enjoying your yard.

Fencing Solutions

White dog fence outside an elegant house with patio on the background

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If you need a fencing solution but are not interested in fencing in your entire yard, consider a decorative choice for your needs. This white picket fence provides the protection needed for small pets and children and adds further interest.

Wandering Walkways

Secluded patio surrounded by flower gardens

A meandering path of pebbles, stepping stones, or other materials provide interest, texture, and help break up a larger lawn. They also can serve as a garden border, or as a break between different areas of the yard.

A Table for Two

Cozy little back yard terrace with table and chair.

Tuck a private table away in your garden for a place to sit and talk, or quietly enjoy your surroundings. These quaint areas are often peaceful, and add interest to your gardens for all who visit.

Over the Water

Garden stone path with grass

If you are lucky enough to be able to landscape a larger yard, consider water features and bridges as part of the overall decor. These are not only fun and provide something different to your view, but add to your landscapes value.

Reflecting Pool

Modern backyard with swimming pool and entertaining area in Australian mansion

Build your lap pool directly into your decking area and take advantage of it for multiple purposes. As a reflecting pool, a place to work out, an area to relax, and a touch of dramatic lighting can all be provided by such a feature.

Raising Beds

Backyard with garden bed and small shed with stack of wood

Raised garden beds are excellent ideas for the backyard to incorporate a place to raise your own fruits and veggies. They provide spacial awareness in order not to get too enthusiastic in your planting, and also help keep certain plants separate from one another.

Make the Most of a Small Space

Small garden in springtime with dachshund dog sitting on the lawn.

Backyard design ideas can most definitely be applied to a smaller space. Tall fences can provide depth, and an illusion of more room rather than providing a feeling of being closed in. This is especially true if you utilize your space with lawns and garden plantings.

Desert Scaping

Fenced backyard with concrete tile floor deck and decorated flower bed

The idea of xeriscaping, or desert scaping, is to avoid any type of vegetation that requires a lot of watering and to help simplify the maintenance required for upkeep. It also helps provide year-round interest and texture!

Definitive Decking

A single furniture with succulent on the side and a black cat sitting on a wooden tiles

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Decking choices do not have to be long, wooden planks. They can be quite decorative when a flat foundation is provided, and are available in many different textures and material designs.

Gather Around

Rounded rattan with cushions with overlooking sea on the background

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Rounded sectional seating is a great way to provide a welcoming, and inviting area for your guests to relax upon. Look to place it where the view is wonderful, and where you all can enjoy your surroundings.

Fire Table

3 women in a rounded fire pit with flowers and modern swimming pool in the background

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Fire pits are the quintessential way to provide a warm gathering are no matter what the season. Play with a different style to provide an area to place food and drink, and also consider gas-fed flames to control the height and heat put out for seasonal changes.

Dramatic Plantings

A beautifully maintained garden at a residential home.

Garden beds can be varied and dramatic through the use of both placement and choice of plantings. Try using dramatic vegetation of various height, color, and texture as main focal points and then fill in space around them.

A Bunch of Bubbly

Backyard wooden deck with jacuzzi on it. Close up view of open jacuzzi and water in it.

Built-in jacuzzis are a great addition to your gathering area for year-round enjoyment, relaxation, and tired muscle relief. Be sure to include easy panel access for maintenance, and a cover to avoid having to clean it out more than you have to.

Contemporary Designs

Modern backyard in a Napa Valley winery, California.

This rocky, rustic sitting area is completed through the use of more contemporary, modernesque looking seating. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles to provide a pop of color or interest.

Gardens Galore

A colorful backyard garden in full bloom during the summer

Fill your open spaces with garden plants, mixing and matching heights, colors, and textures for dramatic views. Sometimes well planned, ‘wild’ looking gardens are the most fun to gaze upon and enjoy.


Beautiful deck beside pool in the suburbs, with grill, spa, and chaise lounges.

Your backyard can be your own poolside oasis. Custom pool designs can be made to fit any shaped yard or to fit any need or want you to have. Specialty materials, tiles, decorative touches, and zero entry slopes for your children can all be easily incorporated.

A Place to Play

Fenced green backyard with playground for kids

Provide a place for your kids to roam and play, and if you need to, keep it designated and away from other areas of the garden to keep from damage happening. Most children are happy to play within what they call their own, and this provides you peace of mind from damaging tender plants or those coming into harvest.

Real “Plastic” Lawns

Sitting area in the garden.

Synthetic lawns have come a long way from the simple turf designs of 20 years ago. Artificial lawns now look very much like the real thing and come in a variety of different colors and textures. If a lawn is what you want, but the care is not, this might be a consideration.

Romantic Lighting

Romantic atmosphere in the evening on the patio at the wedding

Create your escape on your property with comfortable seating and a quiet place away from it all. Add some structure for both privacy curtains, and some romantic evening lighting that is sure to become a favorite place to hide away in.

Overlook With a View

Luxury deck view of an elegant house with a fire pit and a mountainside view on the background

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If you are lucky enough to live at any elevation, take advantage of your views to provide a stunning backdrop to your favorite outdoor activities. Whether you are being social or curling up with a good book on your own, the vista is sure to influence your peace.

Corner Protection

Sidewalk wooden white fence and bushes with a simple and elegant house on the background

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Protect any plantings you have along edges of driveways and sidewalks from passing children and cars with corner picket fences. If a full fence is not wanted, but the benefits are, this simple look is elegant, and useful at the same time.

Light it Up

Christmas light decorated tree on the front yard during a sunset

Fairy lighting is a year-round event anymore, and whether you wrap your trees in sparkling whiteness, or allow lights to gracefully hang from your pergolas, porches, or dormer eaves, they are sure to provide you a welcome home each evening.

Planted Palms

Modern furniture set in a stoned walkway and palm trees beside the swimming pool in the background

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Landscape your pool area to mimic a tropical getaway. You don’t have to take an expensive vacation to sit by a pool and listen to the wind rush through the palm trees, instead find a version that works for your climate and sit back and enjoy.

Rock Details

Rattan furniture set in a walking stoned area with stoned staircase in the background

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Rock details to your walkways, stairways, and sitting areas bring a touch of rustic, as well as elegance to your space. Consider using variations in texture such as stone, brick, and stucco when planning your area.

Natural Falls

Swimming pool of luxury home with large stone patio

Although the pool itself looks fairly modern in design, the rock waterfall at the far end helps create a seamless transition from the patio to the landscape beyond. Plan for aesthetically pleasing layouts for your property.

Back to Basics

Brown and orange siding house with column backyard porch. Patio area view

If you are lucky enough to be able to live out in the country without any close neighbors, you may choose to leave your landscape fairly natural. Be sure to include a place to enjoy your surroundings and invite people to take in the country air

Best of All Worlds

Modern backyard with swimming pool in Australian mansion

A place to cool off, BBQ, entertain, and kick a ball around is easily encompassed in a yard layout such as this. Protective fencing keeps an open look to the yard while blocking the pool off from pets and young children.

A Part of Nature

Backyard rock garden with outdoor inground residential swimming pool, curved wooden deck and stone patio

Pools are easily incorporate into landscape designs to look as if they are a part of the nature surrounding them. The trees here are a perfect backdrop, and the incorporation of a small garden bed in the foreground helps it look as if it is a forest pond.

Brick and Mortar

Classic backyard column porch of a stoned two story house

No matter where you live, if you have a brick home, incorporating the colors into your landscape planning for patio sitting, driveway, and garden bed vegetation always provides a classic look.

Bountiful Blooms

Stylish patio furniture in the beautiful garden

Some well-chosen blooming perennials to provide a stunning backdrop is never a bad idea. Pick a color or two as your main scheme, and then plant them in various areas throughout the yard as a pop of the unexpected.

Main Features

Backyard with outdoor living room and green trees.

If you love statuary, don’t be afraid to showcase it! Try to stick to one or two main features rather than too many to avoid them drawing attention over the rest of the yard. You want them to be a part of the overall experience, rather all anyone notices.

All the Hues

House patio with wooden table and chairs

Many people don’t realize that you can mix and match the many hues of wood with one another for interesting color transitions and textures. Uniformity can be boring and uninteresting and is rarely found in nature. Instead, mix it up and create your own interesting area.

Accent Lighting

Modern furniture set in a porch and overhanging light bulb

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Your lighting choices are personal and belay a sense of decorating style. Whether you mix and match designs, or provide uniformity to help light up your dark corners, they are a must have for late night porch sitting.

Old Fashioned

Overhanging light bulbs with a porch in the background

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Edison style bulbs are a popular way to provide a touch of old-fashioned elegance due to the soft glow they provide. They are readily available to string across your porch or be placed in existing lighting solutions.

Barrel Planters

3 yellow flowers planted in a half cut wooden barrel with window and pink flowers on the background

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Container gardens are a fun way to incorporate backyard decoration ideas into the yard no matter how much space you have. They also fit well on porches and decks or provide a touch of the unexpected amongst your existing garden beds.

Privacy Opportunities

Large beige house with porch from the backyard with grass and mulch.

Suburb dwellers often live within close proximity to others and struggle to find a balance in their landscaping design that incorporates privacy. Don’t be afraid of tall fences, and partial pergolas that cover and protect your outdoor areas so you can enjoy them to the fullest.

Added Interest

Wooden porch outside a stoned brick house beside grass landscape

Even small yards can benefit from protective outbuildings and areas out from under the sun. This is particularly important if you live where the sun can quickly begin to create an unpleasant experience, but you still want to enjoy your outdoor space.

Living Structures & Pergolas

Backyard cozy patio area with wicker furniture set and brick fireplace

A well placed, sturdy pergola can quickly become a living privacy screen or structure. Grow large perennial vines to provide textural interest, colorful blooms, and privacy to your outdoor living areas.

Lack of a Lawn

Beautiful home and patio, pool and lounge chairs

There is no shame in deciding that a vegetative ground cover and garden beds are not for you. They do require consistent maintenance and care, and if you are willing to invest in a paved area, it is well worth your money.

Crisp and Clean

Luxurious undercover patio with couches, barbeque and dining area

Stucco traditionally is painted a light tan, to medium brown color, but the Mediterranean trend of painting it white is starting to take hold in the US to create stunning contrasts and excellent backdrops for vegetation.

Above Ground Access

Wooden fenced backyard with modern and personalized swimming pool

Many pools that are built above ground are difficult to access to use and clean. Many people don’t consider the use of a deck with an above ground pool, but as you can see, it provides an excellent opportunity for ease of use.


Dining furniture set near the fence with several DIY wooden design

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One man’s trash is almost always another man’s treasure. Old windows, fences, and even tires can all be recycled to reflect your own personal, decorative touch. These often create whimsical decor ideas worth considering.

Going Up

Indoor garden under the deck with a wooden staircase

If a traditional stairway to and from your decks will cramp your design style, consider an alternative take. These floating staircases allow for a more unique place that is incorporated into the landscape design.

Living Backdrops

Fenced backyard. View of lawn and blooming flower beds

Evergreens are an easy way to provide a tall backdrop to your yard. Most grow at a fairly quick rate overall, are easy to maintain, and provide excellent privacy. They spread out and grow well together no matter what the species you get.

Temporary Placement

Outdoor steel gazebo with cover on a stoned walking area beside the swimming pool

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If you would love to have a gazebo but worry about seasonal weather, there are excellent styles that are temporary, and easy to take down, And put back up when the time is right.

Situational Shading

White steel chairs and table in the backyard garden with sail shade

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Sail shades are temporary and easy to install with a bit of tool knowledge and a place to anchor your lines. These are wonderful solutions for areas that need a bit more protection from the sun for enjoyment.

Tropical Getaway

Modern swimming pool with a wooden deck and a magnificent rockscape

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You can create your own tropical getaway with some careful poolside planning. If you want to dig up your backyard, get with a reputable pool installer and don’t settle until you have exactly what you want for your own backyard enjoyment.

Make a Wish

Wooden ancient well with flowers in the bucket and bush in the background

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You don’t have to dig a hole to have a wishing well as an attraction in your yard. They can serve as a main focal point, or be tucked into vegetation, and serve as a lovely addition to your yard.

The Power of the Pergola

Farm house backyard deck view. Pond and waterfall, covered patio area with rustic old bench and flower pots

Pergolas provide a dual purpose: they give structure and support to your landscape design and provide a shaded, breezy area that can be taken advantage of in even the warmest of weather.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor furniture set surrounded by green trees beside the wooden pergola

The excellent weatherproof furniture now available to use for your outdoor living spaces is varied in design and can fit anyone’s decor expectations for design and comfort. You can now make your patio a true living room like space for enjoyment and entertainment.

Simple Seating

Beautiful house with backyard sitting area with sofas and chairs.

Create small seating areas wherever appropriate to create a welcoming look. Whether you take advantage of space at the front of the house, or towards the back, doesn’t matter as long as you can gather and enjoy.

A Walk Through the Woods

Farm house backyard deck view. Pond and waterfall, covered patio area with rustic old bench and flower pots

Living along the fringes of the woods provides some interesting, and unique opportunities to incorporate nature into your landscape planning. Marked walkways and simple garden borders help you blend the two areas together seamlessly.

Rocky Road

Large fenced backyard with stone and fire pit with trees.

Rocky walkways and patio designs can be made to purposefully blend into the landscape to provide the illusion that it is a natural occurrence. These areas require very little maintenance and are wonderful for evening gatherings.

Blooming Beauties

Beauty spring-flowering shrubs in designed garden

Choose seasonal blooming perennials to provide year-round color to your property. Early bloomers include bright rhododendrons and azaleas, some of which can get quite large! Be sure to space them out in order to enjoy their many large blooms.

A lot of Lawn

Brick house exterior with walkout wooden deck and patio area with barbecue

It’s okay if you do not have a lot of time for landscaping upkeep, and love the look of a well-manicured lawn. Simple lawn care involves mowing and trimming, and the occasional fertilizer application.

Tucked Away

Picture of beautiful village house with garden

Tuck your home away in a cottage garden with beautiful blooms for privacy and eclectic appeal. Landscaped laws are the perfect addition to provide a welcoming walkup. You can also provide various places to relax and enjoy a yard of this size as well.

Hot Tub Heaven

Small covered swimming pool in the garden

Hot tubs are a popular way to unwind and de-stress after a long day. They are fairly easy to maintain and come in a wide variety of sizes and styles for your own personal needs and decor tastes.

Wonderful Water

Example of extension to the living space of home. Plants with varying textures, trees and shrubs of various shapes and sizes bring naturalness and soft atmosphere into garden.

Water is a peaceful, tranquil addition to any landscape, and often draws in the highly sought after birds and pollinators to your yard. The trickle of water is very soothing, and also provides a sense of privacy.

Natural Fencing

Playground area in the house backyard with swings . Northwest, USA

Fences come in all shapes and sizes, and many people fall victim to one style due to a lack of knowledge of choice. Different wooden hues are achieved through stains and can be used to help blend well into the architecture of your home.

Relaxing Choices

Outdoor hot tub, jacuzzi on the garden.

Owning your own property allows you to add in any type of product you may want without fear of reprisal from a landlord. Pools and jacuzzi tubs are popular additions for personalized comfort and enjoyment.

Bricked Patios

Brick floor patio area with table set. Area surrounded by flower bed with trellis

Laying out a bricked patio is a fairly easy DIY process if you are willing to put in the time. It is a classic look that brings you back to an era of days past and allows for a more cottage feels to your yard.

Hedged Retreat

Wooden patio or deck in backyard of a home with outdoor furniture

Tuck a place to relax away behind your hedges as a hidden retreat. Muffle the sounds of the rest of the world, watch your children play, and enjoy your yard with a good book away from all the hustle and bustle.

Simple Walkout

Beautiful landscape design for backyard garden and patio area on walkout deck

This simple walkout allows you to extend your home’s living area through wide doors to provide a place to sit and eat as a family or entertain as needed. It overlooks the rest of a sloped yard that takes advantage of the gentle changes in topography.

A Place Away

House with spacious backyard area. Garden beds and fire pit

Your firepit may not always be welcome close to the house. The wrong breeze can quickly fill your house up with the smell of smoke, and so it is often best to place it away from any living areas.

Lap Pool

Modern backyard with swimming pool in Australian mansion

Take advantage of the many pool options you actually have for the shape of your backyard. This lap pool nicely fills half the yard, while leaving plenty of lawn open for play or gardening.

Mulching Choices

Well kept Backyard garden and patio area of American two story house. Northwest, USA

Add an extra pop of interest to your gardens with your choice of mulch. Mulch comes in many different natural hues to mimic various tree types. Mix and match mulch for dramatic differences from one garden bed to the next.

Double Duty

Outdoor swimming pool with attached sauna

Many pools are installed with children in mind to teach them to swim, water safety, and to cool off during hot summers. But don’t neglect the more mature aspect of this all. Hot tubs and lounging pools are a nice addition for the adults in the family.

Color Choices

elegant table and chairs on empty ground near meadow on top view

Your outdoor decor is just as important as your indoor and reflects a bit about who you are. Color schemes pertaining to your patio furniture and layout is a fun way to express yourself.

Shade Sails

simple outside living place with wood elements and red touch

Sail shades, or similar materials that can be stretched out to provide a shady area, are very popular to use as they can be packed away easily, and used for seasonal changes. You can either build an area to use it in or use existing structures capable of holding it.

An Area to Roam

Back Yard Wooden Swing Set on Green Lawn

If you have children you know the importance of providing a place for them to get their energy out. Places to climb, swing, and otherwise run wild will provide you peace of mind come bedtime.

Backyard BBQ

Backyard Summer BBQ & Cocktail Party Or Picnic On The Lavn Scene And Concept

Your backyard design ideas should always include a place to BBQ and entertain. Why heat up your house every summer cooking indoors, when you can enjoy the fresh air and grill up something awesome?

Open Concrete

Concrete floor backyard with swimming pool, covered patio area and flower bed

If you are looking to utilize your yard with high foot traffic and lots of movement for play and entertainment, consider concrete pads. These are easy to maintain and keep clean, and provide plenty of space for whatever you need it for.

The Fall of Water

Beautiful landscape design for backyard garden with small bench

A trickling stream is a peaceful noise and can be easily incorporated into your landscape with a little bit of planning. Use natural topography, or build up your yard to have some height to play with.

Open Areas

Sofa with the orange pillows

More temperate climates often see an increase in extending the indoor living areas out of doors through much of the year. Open extensions of the house provide easy access to the yard, all while providing protection from the elements.


This was quite the comprehensive list of backyard ideas that you can incorporate into existing landscapes, or work into new designs. These examples are excellent jumping off points for your own brainstorming to make something to match your own decorative style. We’d love to hear below about which was your favorite, or what you plan on personalizing for yourself. And, as always, please share!