Your backyard is your oasis. When you first begin planning your ideal backyard escape, it is best to start with a dream, some brainstorming, and research. Pinterest, Houzz, and other home and garden sites are great places to start.
However, as you find inspiration around you, it is important not to create a carbon copy of someone else’s backyard. Take some time to add your own personal creativity into your design.
As you move forward with your backyard design, it is best to work from a plan. The first thing to understand is backyard landscaping is different from front yard landscaping. Why? Front yard landscapes require some degree of regulations to fit in with neighborhood norms, conventions, and, at times, HOA or community rules.
Patios and foliage are pretty common additions in the backyard, adding functionality and beauty. But sometimes you want to incorporate the right pieces, the right combination, to create something unique that speaks to your personality and style. A professional landscaper can help, but it’s not always necessary to hire this out. If you take your time to do your research, make a plan, tap into your own artistic style, and find inspiration from your hobbies and personal preferences
Here are some items that fit well and will look incredible in your landscaping:
Trees and Foliage
Trees, flowers, shrubs, and grass are excellent additions. However, they can also be a source of headaches and high maintenance if not chosen well. You don’t need to be an arborist or master gardener, but you will want to make sure you know what you are doing to save you a lot of stress in the long run. Talk with neighbors, experts, and anyone else who has experience with plants and gardening to offer tips about which plants are low maintenance and other tips they can offer.
Gazebos and Pergolas
These roofed outdoor nooks can add a modern, ornate, or classical style to your backyard design. Depending your preference, gazebos provide extra protection from the elements and pergolas are designed for shade. Whichever you chose, both are excellent places to read, relax, socialize, and entertain family and friends. These areas are also great spaces to place fire pits, hot tubs, and other outdoor furnishings.
Outdoor Wicker Furniture
Your ideal backyard oasis isn’t complete without the right seating. Finish off your patio escape with outdoor wicker furniture. Available in a variety of styles from traditional to modern, you can find the wicker patio furniture set that’s right for you and your budget. Choose from a myriad of wicker finishes and cushion color options to match your home’s existing patio decor.
Pools and Hot Tubs
A pool or hot tub can enhance your backyard design and provide overall enjoyment and relaxation. If you are looking to use your pool to swim for exercise, a lap pool might be your best option. However, if you want relaxation, a hot tub is an excellent addition that won’t take up a large amount of space in your yard as a pool. In-ground hot tub installations have grown in popularity for first-rate comfort, hydrotherapy, and aesthetics.
Once you’ve decided what you want to incorporate in your backyard, you will want to construct an overhead layout plan for your selected pieces and specific purposes. With smaller spaces, take time to maximize the space and functionality by setting apart specific areas. If your yard has already been landscaped, or if you are wanting to redesign your backyard, a landscape design software can help you layout your outdoor space or simply sketch out your backyard on a sheet of paper. Include the outer edges, contours, and other elements of your yard and then, once you’ve mapped out everything, let your imagination go and see what you dream up.
This is your space and one that should reflect your personality. Your backyard is your oasis, your place to relax and should bring you happiness.
About the Author: Danielle Adams is a freelance writer who works with Bullfrogspas.com. When she’s not writing, Brooke enjoys spending time working in her yard, spending time with friends, and entertaining in her own dream backyard.