Landscaping Ideas for a Backyard

Design and create a dramatic and colorful garden and landscape using your favorite plants and flowers. Create an inviting stone path to lead to and from your garden or outdoor patio. Around the path, plant beautiful flowers and herbs for a sweetly scented stroll. Place bushes and plants in a variety of containers and nestle them in your garden bed or under your favorite tree for a creative backyard design.


Create an attractive design around your backyard using colorful containers in various sizes. Plant flowers and vegetables inside the containers and scatter them along your pathway. Place them around a set of bushes or favorite shade tree. Use tall plants mixed with smaller plants for a balanced container. Consider rose bushes mixed with colorful creeping vines. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, containers can add texture and interest to your backyard and outdoor garden beds. During different seasons, place new flowers in your container for renewed look and feel in your garden.

Herb Garden

Create a sweet scented herb garden in your backyard. This beautiful element can create a bold and colorful focal point to your landscape. For a balanced herb garden, plant tall herbs such as curly parsley and dill in the back of the garden. Use small herbs like chives and oregano in the front and around the sides. Always prune back your herbs to allow for proper growth and to nourish the rest of the plant.

Garden Path

Add flat stones in your backyard to lead you to your garden and other outdoor landscapes. Place the stones every 1 to 2 feet for a beautiful design. Plant colorful flowers and creeping plants along the path for an inviting design. Mix tall plants such as coneflowers with shorter plants like creeping thyme. Bright green mosses also contrast well with the neutral colors found in stone. Over time the ground cover will grow around the pathway and create a lush garden path, inviting you for an evening stroll.

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About this Author

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.