Landscaping Ideas for Large Back Yards

Create an inviting and attractive backyard using a few simple items. Stones placed in your garden and along the yard create an attractive path. Use the path to lead you to a beautiful herb garden full of your favorite spices. Place herbs and flowers in containers and in your garden beds to add color and create a dramatic backyard design. For a bold focal point in a large backyard, install a garden pergola. Use this shady structure for outdoor dinner parties.


Create a pathway using slate stones to lead you to your garden and other outdoor spaces. Lay the stones every 1 to 3 feet to create an inviting pathway to meander down. In between each stone, plant a beautiful ground cover. Creeping thyme or Spanish moss will provide colorful contrast to the gray colors found in slate. Along the pathway, add colorful plants and flowers as a border to the path.

Garden Pergola

Put in a pergola to define a space in your backyard while creating a bold and dramatic addition to the landscape. Standing approximately 10 feet in height, a pergola is an open structure that can create the perfect outdoor dining space. Use a pergola to define an entryway into another backyard area. Plant a creeping grapevine or wisteria vine to provide color and shade in your garden. Plant the creeping vine in a container at the base of the structure. Overtime it will grow around the structure, creating a lush and inviting space.

Herb Garden

Plant an herb garden in your backyard for a dramatic focal point and a space to utilize all year round. For height in your garden, plant taller herbs such as rosemary and parsley. The taller herbs will create a beautiful backdrop to your herb garden. Use small herbs like chives, oregano, and marjoram in the front and around the sides of the bed. Periodically pinch back your herbs to promote growth by freeing up nutrients to the rest of the plant.

Fire Pit

Install a portable fire pit in your landscape for the perfect spot to enjoy in the evening with a warm cup of cocoa. Fire pits are equipped with a grill top for cooking outdoors. Use the herbs from your garden to add to your recipes. Fire pits can also be used on your backyard lawn with a set of surrounding chairs, for an inviting spot to enjoy with family and friends. You can also create your own fire pit by using slate. Clear out an area in your backyard and lay the slate in a circular pattern. You won't need adhesive or bonding compound because over time the stones will settle into into the space for a snug fit. In the fall months, you can enjoy your backyard by sitting around a cozy fire pit.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.