Backyards have become a true extension of the home. When properly landscaped, a backyard will
provide additional outdoor living space where you can spend time with family and friends. Backyards have
become areas for recreation as well as relaxation. And many amenities that used to be just for the indoors,
such as fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens, are finding their way into backyard decorating ideas. With good
planning, design and construction, your backyard can become a multipurpose area for relaxing, entertaining
and playing. When tackling a backyard landscaping project, it’s best to start with a
plan in mind, so spend some time gathering landscaping ideas and looking
at photos before jumping into your own backyard overhaul.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
• Shrubs can offer color, flowers and winter interest (such as evergreen shrubs).
• The right perennial flowers can offer lots of color throughout spring,
summer and fall.
• Trees can provide height, shade, and ornamental features such
as flowers, interesting bark or fall color.
• Add a tree near a patio for height, a welcoming feeling and shade.
• While sitting on the patio, make sure you have either a nice view or an interesting
focal point to look at, such as an open lawn, a pretty flower garden, a nice
bench, fountain, hillside or pond.
A well-designed landscape can be inspiring. It can provide a sense of calm, a sense of awe, and a sense of balance. It can boost your spirits and give you solace. A beautiful landscape can also improve the curb appeal of your home and inspire other people in your Community and neighborhood to turn their own yards into inspiring landscapes.
Landscaping and gardening are also ideal outlets for your creativity. Nature gives you an expansive palette of colors, textures, scents, and structural compositions to choose from. In a home garden, you can take these gifts from nature and combine them in any style you desire. But with so many landscaping options at your disposal, where do you begin?
Whether you want to create a sanctuary, a retreat, an entertainment area or any other environment, you’ll get ideas here on how to do it. The photographs, expert insights, and troubleshooting advice in this section can help you create a landscape that suits your unique tastes and appeals to all your senses.