The great outdoors are always refreshing to the mind and to the lovers of the great greens. This is a special feature of landscape ideas that would blow your backyard away! In no particular order, with a little bias on our side, these are the chosen few from backyards all over the world.
1. Fire Pits
Warm up chilly sun-downers with the best fire pits that are fueled by either gas or wood. This can be used with different fire media like lava rock, fire glass, or ceramic log sets. These can create a literal fire-breathing dragon that adds warmth and ambiance to an outdoor space. Creatively speaking, there is no limit when it comes to design of the actual fire pits.
2. Mazeras Stone
Whether matte or polished, mazeras stone tiles form a splendid form of hard landscaping for a backyard. Use it to demarcate paths or just as decoration on open space. Furthermore, natural stone tiles create a cool environment, feels sensational to walk on barefoot and glisten beautifully, especially when water is sprinkled on the surface.
3. Fish Pond
Bragging rights: a pond in the backyard. Some people are likely to jump in once in a while, most would prefer to just stare at it from the edge. Whichever preference, a personal water feature is always an add to green backyard space. Not to forget, the rhythmic melody of water falling down the rocks is very soothing.
4. Dual and Triple Function Elements
Design can create elements with multiple purposes suitable for small backyards. It is intriguing to see how basic ingredients of landscaping blend in to serve different functions. The image below is a concrete garden planter that also harvests water but also extends into a table top with a fire pit.
5. Floating Pottery
One particular planter technology, possibly from the year 3018, is the one using a powerful magnet pushing against an electromagnetic base—to actually suspend plants in mid-air! How cool is that! It also rotates! Due to limited weight that could be magnetically supported, this is possible for small table top planters only. However, this is still an exciting way to surprise guests at the next outdoor cocktail. Wizardry!
6. Reflective Mirrors
Mirrors are commonly used indoors to create the illusion of space and light. Manuel Ocaña used circular mirrors in a backyard in Madrid, Spain to revamp an otherwise dull, blank boundary wall. They are cylindrical and adjustable to make them both glare and heat proof. They are fixed onto a framework that also acts as an anchor for climbing plants. The residents enjoy a spectacular show of light during the day and night.
Other beings also live in our backyards. Create convenient, beautiful environments that meet the needs of animal neighbours too. This will not only attract more birds to your backyard but their presence brings along their sweet chimes, especially in the morning. Feel free to step it up to classic designs for today’s modern bird or get our favourite bird house for just $15.
8. Bird Feeders
Take your love for the birds a notch higher by getting them a bird feeder too. A bird feeder somewhere in your backyard or patio is sure to attract the chirping of birds as they stop by for a meal every so often. If you are wondering how to hang one or support it, don’t worry about it anymore because you can get one with full supports and three in-built feeders directly from Amazon for $99.
Create a whimsical getaway for children with playhouses that stir up imagination. Modern playhouses need not be ordinary toy play pens. Instead, they can be an elaborate expression of architecture befitting modern kids. Create a mini version of Neverland Ranch, minus the assault charges of course! You could make a DIY playhouse with your kids or order one online like the rest of us millennials.
These mini flyovers are instrumental in guiding stray guests to a specific part of the backyard. Even if the bridge goes over nothing, from nowhere to nowhere, it can be quite aesthetic. Literally, just place a random bridge and see how guests react!
11. Colourful Foliage
Inclusion of colour creates an alive, exciting and interesting backyard. When planting new flowers, trees or shrubs in the backyard, consider jacaranda, poinsettias or other brightly coloured plants. Their bold, tropical foliage looks terrific and by extension, your backyard will look so too. As a plus, beautiful flowers attract birds and butterflies to the yard.
Appropriate lighting is important for proper design, be it indoors or outdoors. Light fixtures for backyards are designed to be water resistant, meaning they can complement water features as shown below. They create colourful illusions while brightening up your backyard.
13. Water Fountains
A stunning water fountain in your backyard will bring a sense of serenity and tranquility. In fact, a series of fountains creates a natural rhythm that is zen-inspired. This is perfect for a backyard retreat. And how about a sphere water fountain that will leave your guests mesmerized?
14. Water Fall
When one hears the word waterfall, one imagines rocks and nature. With infinite imagination, the water can fall from any higher platform including through furniture as shown below! So captivating!
Wooden pergolas cast perfect shadows during hot summer days. They are fantastic features that can be used over some lounge chairs or an outdoor picnic table. Enjoy the shade in the great outdoors without the feeling of being enclosed in a room.
How about the good old gazebo idea? This backyard landscaping idea adds onto the charm of your garden by providing a covered relaxing space. Want to read a book under a nice well planned shade? This is the place. This is a perfect spot for an outdoor meal or catching up on work while still enjoying magnificent views to the beautiful greenery.
Tents are a great way to add some covering on your patio for those sunny days. They can be adopted for use in either the patio or your green backyard garden. The best thing about them is that the design can be very varied thanks to the flexibility of the tensile fabric and steel. It is probably among the most flexible backyard shading ideas, literally.
Don’t be quick to throw away old stuff! Preserve and reuse antiques in unique ways to add a unique timeless spice into the backyard. Consider creatively reusing old bicycles, kitchen pots, metallic cans and any other household item that may serve you better than if you threw it away.
19. Wine bottle torch
If you are looking for a way to add some backyard lighting, forget about the ready-made lamps and torches on sale at the store. Get some nice wine bottles and create your own torches that light your patio or backyard without much effort. The guys at Design Sponge have the step by step guide you need to make this come out awesome. *For safety reasons, this is one of those outdoor-use only backyard landscaping ideas.
20. Vertical Garden
Create a vertical garden to spruce up your patio. There are numerous ways to arrange planters to fit your personal taste. These are designed out of cans that are supported or hanging from above. Create a backdrop of a timber wall for them, or just let them hang and merge into the surrounding.
21. Whimsical Curtains
Outdoor curtains can create privacy as well as shield from the hot glaring sun during the summer. They can be hung over a lounge area with a pergola. These light, gauzy curtains gently float in the wind, creating a dreamy theme, sort of like a distant, exotic retreat.
22. Faux Grass
Add a little bit of green to the backyard. Faux grass will ensure that the grass is always greener on your side. Does it even have to be green in colour? Absolutely not! It can take any shape or pattern to create astonishing illusions.
23. Recycled Cans
Are you looking for a craft idea for cans that you have stacked somewhere? Get yourself busy making this accessory for your plain walls. Paint the cans in various different colours to achieve some playfulness and variety. This idea can be implemented on plastic ice-cream containers too, in case metallic cans are unavailable.
Hammocks come in such exciting designs nowadays. However, a simple hammock can be a great addition to your patio or garden. All you need are the support elements which could be two trees close to each other enough, or columns. There are some that come inbuilt with their support as well. You can grab one just like in the photo below from Amazon for $49.
25. String Lights
Not to be confused with Christmas lights! Use these mesmerizing, enchanting, fairy-tale-like lights around your lounge area or hide them in the trees. The shiny little twinkles add for a good romantic evening with your family or partner. Get them as soon as today for just $15 from Amazon.
26. Picnic Table
This can become the ultimate outdoor dining table if done right. The whole table and chair set is an excellent location for a brunch under the warm morning sun. Not only is the outdoor scene welcoming but the whole idea of fresh air and comfort is welcoming. Just watch out for flies during dinner.
27. Giant Swing
This is what we could call the giant swing of awesomeness: comfortable, serene and blends well with the outdoors. So long as it is sturdy and stable, it is a perfect spot for those days when you’d rather relax in ‘bed’. And the plus side, enjoy the back and forth rocking of the swing, a feature your own bed can’t offer you.
28. Vortex Fountain
A giant waterfall or fountain as a centerpiece for your garden is quite classy. A vortex fountain, however, is a fantastic display of physics and water inter-playing in such a phenomenal manner. It’s center, an ever-changing vortex, pulses behind a shimmering wave of water. Its case is a clear glass cylinder that almost becomes invisible, giving the illusion of a wall of water.
29. Wall Fountain
If the sound of water falling on rocks warms your heart and gives you some sense of serenity, a wall fountain will intrigue you in your backyard. An otherwise plain wall can be transformed with a little extra plumbing and creativity. Not only is a water feature visually exciting but also satisfying to hear.
30. Grass Bed
Create an amazing chill spot for those lazy weekends by using good old timber and some nice sleeping grass. The mix between the timber and the green grass adds up as one of the most ingenious backyard landscaping ideas around.
Wouldn’t you love a whirlpool or hot tub gracing your patio? It is a small spa within your little garden. It doesn’t have to be that big or expensive. In fact, you can find a portable hot tub to grace your patio only whenever you want it to. Enjoy energizing, relaxing baths right in your backyard.
Movie night just got better. Netflix n’ chill now has relocated to a new venue. The good news is that there are outdoor televisions designed to withstand the rigors of extreme temperatures, humidity, animals/insects, rain, dirt/dust, salt, air, snow and even ice. If this is too costly, consider a screen and projector instead.
33. Furniture Geometry
Think out of the rectangular box and consider other shapes of boxes when it comes to outdoor furniture. Maybe this could be the one shot a simple backyard needs to look incredible. Match the daring geometry with popping colours that express your creativity.
34. Tyre Planters
Forget about flower pots or garden planters, see those old tyres in your garage? Yes, they can be really useful if you want them to be. Get them painted, fill them up with soil and use them as makeshift flower pots. The result is a warm, colourful backyard.
35. Painted Concrete Slabs
It is really amazing what kind of backyard landscaping ideas we have run into. If you want to add some bit of colour on the floor of your patio or the garden path, paint some of the paving tiles in alternating colours. This will add some oomph to the rather plain grey hue of concrete.
36. Mini Deck
Creating an outdoor oasis is something critical to a rather large backyard. Convert a portion of it into a raised deck as some sort of area of concentration. The change in levels adds variety to your backyard, especially if it is a flat landscape. From there, add any of the features on this article to attract people to the deck, like the jacuzzi below.
Xeroscaping is a growing in popularity especially in dry climates. Japanese backyards consider this an important element in zen gardens. Using pebbles and stones of varying sizes and colours helps to diversify the composition. At least you will not have to worry about watering any lawn or your grass turning brown during the summer.
38. Camouflaged Speakers
Create high quality entertainment right in your backyard with camouflaged speakers. One can place rock speakers at certain points in the yard to produce ambient surround sound. The fact that they blend into the natural context makes them mysterious and completely amazing. Furthermore, they are cordless and water-proof woofers, befitting the modern outdoor music lovers. Just watch out for those neighbours always reporting you for noise disturbance.
39. Wind Chimes
Create simple melodies in your backyard, with the help of wind, of course. Chimes are not just metallic rods anymore. They can be made of beads, porcelain, bones, bottle tops or recycled glass, all of which produce varying sounds. In fact, chimes made of bamboo have a gentler, more smoothing tone than metal chimes, making them ideal for tranquil backyard spaces. Ironically, your petty neighbours might still report you for noise disturbance.
Lovely lanterns are also a beautiful and trendy way to illuminate your backyard. Not only do they enhance your outdoor lighting but they also add some antiquity to your backyard. They can be used to illuminate walkways, outdoor dining areas or generally as security lights. Take care not to place this fire hazard near combustible items.
Candles are essential for creating an ambiance of intimacy and romance. These are perfect for an at-home dinner date with a loved one. In addition, if you decide to use scented candles, they will fill your backyard sanctuary with an enticing aroma. Again, care must be taken in the placement and use of this fire hazard. Please don’t burn up your backyard while trying to keep up with us.
42. Gardening Station
Step up your gardening with this creative useful storage idea. All the hardware tools you use for gardening take up storage space in your house. Instead of constantly complaining of this, create a nice outdoor gardening station for storage and stacking. It is aesthetically fitting too, adding practicality to your backyard. This can also be an outdoor exhibition, just in case you would like to show off your new flower pots.
Forget a fire pit. Add a fireplace to your backyard lounge instead. It is a fantastic idea for a center piece or focal point in the backyard. Not only will a fireplace keep you warm and cozy on those chilly nights, but it will also fill your backyard with a warm glow plus produce the soothing sound of crackling fire.
44. Beanbag chairs
Beanbag chairs are immensely underrated. These fluffy ambiguous shapes can change the whole outlook of your backyard. Coupled with other modern backyard furniture like sofas and weather resistant chairs, this creates a comforting patio or backyard worth living in.
45. Stepped backyard
If you happen to be endowed with a steep landscape as a backyard, do not miss out on this. A stepped landscape can incorporate hard and soft landscaping intermittently. It creates an exciting experience as one steps from one level to another without the feeling of fatigue from the climb. The only concern may be navigation by wheelchairs or physically challenged persons but this can be solved through the use of ramps instead.
46. Rugged Concrete Paving Tiles
What is a perfect shape anyway? Add some irregular concrete paving tiles to create walking pathways. They not only provide direction but create an interplay with the natural environment. Visually, this is definitely an interesting graphic element on a rather plain landscape.
47. Swimming pool
Actually, this is the most obvious backyard feature that should have topped this list. As a matter of fact, half of the ideas listed have some form of pool in the background. Water is such a refreshing accessory to the backyard, especially a pool large enough for one to dive right in for a quick splash.
48. Planter lamps
If you have some planters as part of your backyard landscaping ideas, go an extra mile and include some planter lamps at the base. They are fantastic for twinkling evenings. Furthermore, they add to the aesthetics and even act as path lights. This is certainly a befitting position in case you were looking for where to place these ground lamps.
49. Plunge Pool
Not sure whether you might have space for a large pool in your backyard? Well, a plunge pool is perfect for you. This is for the occasional cooling off when you want just a splash of water on a hot afternoon. This can be a feature to complement an indoor space. A good example is a lounge overlooking a pool, without necessarily building a whole swimming pool.
50. Minimalist backyard
After all is said and designed, the most amazing backyard idea might be behind the mantra ‘less is more.’ Minimal design needs careful decision and is deliberate. Open spaces are a calming display of zen, giving the home-owners space to breath and unwind.
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