Every now and then, homeowners look for ways to brighten up their living space. Often, they think of the interior of their home. But what about your backyard? Here are nine backyard landscape ideas to inspire you for your next home project.

Water Features

If you’re looking to make your backyard more of a peaceful place to escape, a water feature might be the way to go. Because water usually symbolizes peace and tranquility, adding a water feature to your backyard can help provide you with a space to relax. Consider installing a waterfall, a koi pond, or even a small stream to give off a peaceful ambiance.

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Rock Garden

Another more relaxing feature is a rock garden. While it may sound a bit odd, it’s can be a very beautiful addition to your backyard. Your rock garden could include stone pavers, wooden garden walls, as well as low maintenance plants like succulents. This is the perfect option for homeowners who might not have a green-thumb. 

pergola in a backyard designed with outdoor seating and fireplace surrounding.
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A pergola can be a beautiful addition to your backyard. Pergolas are usually used to have a shadier space in your backyard, giving way for you spend more time outside and extend your living space. A pergola is also the perfect space for entertaining guests.

Outdoor Fireplace Area

If entertainment is what you envision for your backyard space, look no further than adding an outdoor fireplace area. An outdoor fireplace gives you the opportunity to create a space further from the house to be able to relax, entertain, and enjoy each other’s company. A great idea for your outdoor fireplace is to create something custom using paving blocks.

Elevated Deck

One of the more common backyard landscaping ideas is building an elevated deck area for you and your family. Many people find that an elevated deck not only extends the living space of their home but also adds more dimension to their backyard.

Outdoor Kitchen

This backyard idea can be a bit more time consuming, but an outdoor kitchen is a perfect way for you to spend time with your family in your backyard. You’ll want to make sure you have enough space in your backyard to go about this project as an outdoor kitchen will require plenty of space to cook, prepare food, and dine.

Putting Green

Have an avid golfer in your home? An outdoor putting green may be the perfect way to upgrade your backyard. Don’t forget to make sure you get the right type of sod to make your putting green.

mini wood play house in backyard
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Shed or Playhouse

For a more kid-friendly option, building a shed/playhouse in your backyard is a really great way to utilize your space for your kids. A fun way to incorporate some of your home’s natural touches is to make the playhouse a mini version of your current home. Also consider make a pathway from the backdoor of your home to the mini shed to give it that extra homey touch.

Sculpted Shrubs

For a more classic and timeless look consider adding some sculpted shrubs to your backyard. Many homeowners find this option to be best for them due to the low-maintenance nature of the designs. Unlike a regular garden, pruning your shrubs is recommended on an every other month basis, or about five times a year.

Sprucing up your backyard can be a really great way to utilize the full amount of your home’s space. We hope that these nine backyard landscaping ideas inspire your next project. To find local landscaping experts in your area visit us at our next Home Show