3 of the Best Backyard Garden Design Ideas

Your backyard landscape design is an evolving thing. But not every yard lends itself to every new landscape idea. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best backyard garden design ideas so you can choose the ones that work best for you.

Design Ideas for Your Backyard Landscape

Even if you don’t find the perfect idea for your outdoor space, hopefully the following will at least help you develop your own ideas and directions that’ll make your yard uniquely enjoyable.

  1. Outdoor Fireplace - Having a fire in the backyard and around the pool got a boost some years ago when chimineas first became popular. But now you can take it up a notch with a full-on fireplace, set in a brick hearth and mantle, and protected by a gazebo that can double as an outdoor shed. It’s like having an outdoor family room, with a built-in storage shed as a bonus.

  2. Water Features - Sure, this isn’t a new idea, but what is new is the ever-increasing variety of options you have for water features, both as a swimming pool upgrade and as a stand-alone feature in the yard. You can go from the calm flow of a wall-mounted fountain on a small patio to a complete watercourse, starting with a waterfall, flowing down a ‘river’ and dropping again into a water garden pond stocked with koi and goldfish.

  3. Create an Edible Garden - One of the hottest trends in backyard gardening this one works on so many levels. The idea is to grow plants that produce vegetables or fruit either instead of flowering plants or interspersed among them in flower beds. The idea harkens back to the victory gardens of World War II where homeowners tucked tomatoes, beans and raspberry bushes in every corner of the property. Today, not only will the add beauty and interest to your backyard landscape but just wait until your friends find out the bell peppers they’re enjoying grew just a few steps from where they’re eating!

If you enjoyed this article, check out our recent post that’s your guide to choosing landscaping plants.

Chad Geense