Looking out over a vast space behind your home should make your mind think of garden ideas. The back is an extension of your home and deserves the same care and consideration as any part of the home. Your design will set the tone for all of your future outdoor spaces, so it’s important to plan accordingly. Before you can open the ground into the outdoor oasis of your dreams, know what that dream is. Will you go modern or classic? Does it evoke a luxury spa of country life? Create space for entertaining or space to relax and be alone? “Look at the big picture – the whole yard, the whole front yard or the whole property and imagine your goals,” says Tyler Banken, indoor / outdoor plant expert and landscape architect at Neverland, a plant resource.
Here is a list of 46 backyard landscaping ideas to help inspire your perfect space.
How do I design my garden?
Designing a backyard can seem like a daunting task, especially if you work with a large area. Fortunately, that’s more than manageable if you have a solid plan. Banken explains that while it’s common to design a yard in stages (this is especially true for DIYers), it’s important to always know how each part will eventually fit into the whole. “When you have a master plan for your space, it gives you something to work on and also makes sure you don’t waste time,” he says.
How can I make my garden beautiful?
While planning will play an important role in the overall success of your project, Banken says there are three general categories that are important to address when installing your landscape.
- Site preparation: Banken recommends planning for “positive drainage” when designing your space. You don’t want your yard to be tilted in such a way that water builds up or flows to a structure such as a shed or seating area. “Water can be very damaging to structures,” he says, not to mention that puddles don’t look good.
- Hardscape: Carefully plan all your hardscaping works, such as patios or retaining walls, especially those that require careful installation. These considerations greatly affect the aesthetics and longevity of your space.
- Sowing: Complete your design by incorporating how flowers and greenery will influence your garden ideas. “Plan your plantations in layers,” she says. For example, you could place evergreens along the foundation, medium-height flowers in front, and a lower-growing plant along the edge.