Many homeowners upgrade or redecorate their living spaces regularly, but their backyard areas are often forgotten. You can revamp your outdoor space into a gorgeous backyard oasis. A backyard patio makeover doesn’t have to put a strain on your wallet in order to look amazing.
There are many ways you can amp up your backyard beauty. Implement various trees, plants, and flowers into your backyard landscaping to create different themes and vibes depending upon your mood and the season. The only limit to what you can do in your space is what your imagination allows.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite backyard landscaping and design ideas. To take your outdoor space to the next level, read on for some inspiration.
Water features add a chill and relaxed vibe to your outdoor space. It can add a calmed effect while tying in multiple areas of your landscape.
If you want to go with the quintessential backyard water feature, look into getting a fountain. They can make a statement or be the focal point of your entire backyard. Fountains are easier to install over other water features and aren’t too difficult to maintain.
For smaller backyards, find a fountain that can be tucked away in a corner or put on a table. Keep in mind the weight of your fountain if you go down that route. You don’t want to break your table from the weight of a fountain.
Especially if you have a pool in your backyard, incorporating a waterfall will make your house the place to be. Design your waterfall out of terraced rocks to add more visual interest.
Installing a pool will increase the value of your home. You can add other water elements to your pool design, such as hot tubs, water walls, and fountains. If you don’t have a lot of space but want to add in a pool-like element, a small pond is perfect for adding in water-friendly plants and fish.
Recreate a Cozy English Garden
If you don’t naturally have a green thumb, you may want to bring in a landscape architect for this project. English gardens are known for being cozy spaces, overflowing with bushes, trees, and flowers. The lush surroundings will give you the ideal spot to sip a cup of tea while you enjoy your backyard.
Do the research yourself or work with a landscaper to figure out what plants grow well in your climate that also replicates the styles found in an English garden. As England’s national bloom, roses are perfect for this style of landscaping. Create a rose arbor in one section of your backyard full of climbing roses packed full of flowers.
Build a Vegetable Garden
Starting your own garden isn’t as hard as you may think. If you do your proper research on the times of year to plant certain veggies, you’ll set yourself up for success. You will want to start the process slowly in small increments.
Build a few raised boxes to start, adding in more every year as you have success with your garden. Raised beds work better than planting directly into the ground and can be made out of wood, stone, or rocks. If you do use wood, make sure it is resistant to rot.
Research your local region to find out what vegetables grow best in your climate and when to plant them. You usually will want to start planting things in the Spring, so prepare in advance and have your raised beds ready to go.
Preparing your beds with nutrient-rich soil and adding in a barrier between the weeds and soil is essential to creating a welcoming environment for your vegetables. With your first garden, start with already growing plants rather than seeds.
Design a Lounge Area
Having a cool hangout spot in your backyard is perfect for hot summer months when you’re having a get-together or BBQ. You can create a lounge area in your backyard that is perfect for when you have guests over or you just want a quiet place to hang out by yourself.
If you need a lot of seating, look for outdoor sectionals and side chairs. Make sure they are made of weather-resistant materials and fabrics to ensure they last longer than a season. In the rainy months, either cover the couches or bring them inside to increase their lifespan.
One important thing you need in a backyard is shade. Group together multiple umbrellas in your seating area or invest in a larger patio cover. If the style of your home allows it, you can have an awning installed on the side of your home that you can roll out when needed.
Accessories such as rugs, pillows, and vases can tie your space together and make it feel like a living space. If you don’t have any grass in your backyard, look at having artificial grass installed.
Adding in things that your kids can enjoy will make your backyard their sanctuary. A backyard chessboard is a perfect game for the whole family to enjoy. It can easily be made out of two different colored pavers and giant chess pieces.
A DIY sandbox will have your kid playing in it for hours. Line the sandbox in durable pieces of wood, adding in the sand of your choice. Make sure you place an umbrella over the sandbox if it’s not already in the shade. Giving your kids spaces of their own in your backyard will make them feel included in the process.
Take Your Backyard Beauty to the Next Level
There are so many ways to add more backyard beauty to your outdoor space. No matter the size of your backyard, there are design elements and landscaping ideas that you can incorporate to create a relaxing backyard oasis. Your budget doesn’t need to be large in order to make an impact.
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