46 backyard ideas to keep you outside all summer | Architecture Digest

If you are looking at a huge space behind your house, you should think about backyard ideas. The back is an extension of your home and deserves the same care and attention as any other 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 lay the foundation for the outdoor oasis of your dreams, you need to know what that dream is. Do you go modern or classic? Conjure up a luxurious spa of country life? Are you creating space for conversation or space to sit back and be alone? “Look at the big picture: the entire backyard, the entire front yard, or the entire lot, and visualize your goals,” says Tyler Banken, indoor/outdoor planting expert and landscape architect at Neverland, a plant resource.

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

How do I design my garden?

Designing a backyard can feel like a tall order, especially when you’re working with a large area. Luckily, it’s more than manageable once you have a solid plan. Banken explains that while it’s common to create a garden in stages (this is especially true for DIYers), it’s always important to know how each part ultimately fits into the whole. “Having an overall plan for your space gives you something to work towards and also makes sure you’re not wasting time,” he says.

How can I make my garden beautiful?

Although planning plays a large role in the overall success of your design, Banken says there are three general categories to consider when installing your landscape.

  • Site preparation: Banken recommends planning for “positive drainage” when designing the room. You don’t want your yard to be sloped so that water collects or runs onto a structure like a shed or seating area. “Water can be very damaging to structures,” he says, not to mention that puddles don’t look very good.
  • Hardscape: Plan carefully for all your hardscaping work, such as decking or retaining walls, especially those that require careful installation. These considerations greatly affect the aesthetics and longevity of your space.
  • Planting: Complete your design by considering how flowers and greenery affect your backyard ideas. “Plan your plantings in layers,” he says. For example, you could put evergreens along the base, medium-tall bloomers in front, and a lower-growing plant along the border.

Backyard design ideas for every style

Kick back with a fire pit

A cozy fire pit is the epicenter of outdoor entertainment.

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