46 Backyard Ideas That Will Keep You Outdoors All Summer | Architectural Summary

Gazing at a vast space behind your home should get you thinking about garden ideas. The back is an extension of your home, and it deserves the same care and consideration as any part of the house. Your design will set the tone for all your future outdoor spaces, so it’s important to plan accordingly. Before you can usher in the outdoor oasis of your dreams, know what that dream is. Are you going to opt for the modern or the classic? Evoke a luxury spa of country living? Create a space to entertain or a space to relax and be alone? “Look at the big picture: the whole backyard, the whole front yard, or the whole property, and imagine your goals,” says Tyler Banken, indoor/outdoor plant expert and landscape architect at plant resource Neverland.

Here is a list of 46 backyard landscaping ideas to help inspire your perfect space.

How to arrange my garden?

Designing a garden can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are working on a large area. Luckily, it’s more than manageable if you have a solid plan. Banken explains that while it’s common to design a backyard in phases (this is especially true for DIYers), it’s important to always know how each part will eventually fit into the whole. “When you have an overall plan for your space, it gives you something to work on and also ensures you don’t waste time,” he says.

How can I beautify my garden?

While planning plays an important role in the overall success of your design, Banken says there are three general categories that are important to consider when installing your landscape.

  • Site preparation: Banken advises planning for “positive drainage” when designing your space. You don’t want your yard to slope in such a way that water pools or runs off toward a structure like a shed or sitting area. “Water can be very damaging to structures,” he says, not to mention that puddles don’t look too good.
  • Landscaping : Carefully plan all of your landscaping, such as patios or retaining walls, especially those that require careful installation. These considerations greatly impact the aesthetics and longevity of your space.
  • Planting: Finish your design by incorporating the impact of flowers and greenery on your backyard ideas. “Plan your plantings in layers,” he says. For example, you can place evergreens along the foundation, medium-sized flowers in front, and a lower-growing plant along the border.

Garden design ideas for every style

Relax with a fire pit

A cozy fire pit is the epicenter of outdoor entertainment.

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