Your backyard should be your sanctuary from the world. To have an amazing backyard, it will probably take a little bit of work, but it will definitely be worth it. We’ve created this list of 15 ideas that can take your backyard from boring to amazing. Don’t worry about doing everything. Just work with the space you have and take things one project at a time.
1. Water Features
Small streams, waterfalls, or ponds can add a natural, soothing element to your yard. If you have the money and space, a pool can be a fun addition as well.
If your backyard is sloped or awkwardly shaped, levels can make the best of the space you have. They can also make your space more interesting.
Big trees can add shade to your backyard, and smaller trees can add visual interest. Either way, make sure you have the time for the upkeep. Raking leaves in the fall and pruning limbs in the spring can both take quite a bit of time that will need to be planned for.
4. Fire Pits
Cool evenings can become much more cozy when you have a fire pit to gather around.
5. Stones and Paths
If you want to add interest to your backyard space, you can add large stones, paths, or stepping stones. Real rocks can be a great feature, but artificial rocks can be a good idea if your yard has unsightly elements that you want to keep hidden. Paths and stepping stones can keep your lawn from excess wear.
6. Decks & Patios
If you use your backyard for entertaining, a deck or patio can help keep your landscaping from being trampled.
7. Grill Areas
Adding a small area for your grill or full outdoor kitchen can be a great addition to a backyard designed for entertaining guests.
For larger yards, a gazebo can add visual interest and provide an area for relaxing outdoors with family and close friends.
If you have the space, benches and wicker furniture sets can make your backyard more comfortable for groups of different sizes to spend time.
If you have large trees, you can add a traditional hammock for relaxation. There are also free-standing versions that can be used if you don’t have trees.
11. Porch Swings
A porch swing can give added seating and a comfortable place to spend time with that special someone.
Small tables are another way to improve your ability to use your backyard for entertaining.
13. Vegetable Gardens
14. Flower Beds
Full flower beds or runners along walls or paths can be a beautiful addition to your backyard.
15. Water Fountains
Like more natural looking water features, a fountain can be a soothing element. They can also add visual interest to your landscaping efforts.