Fun Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Enjoy your backyard landscape all year round. Light up areas of the garden and backyard to enjoy in the evening and to use for entertaining. Plant flowers to add bursts of color throughout and to update the look of the space. Turn a corner of your backyard into your own personal oasis to use for relaxing with a glass of wine or reading the Sunday paper. Remember, small touches will beckon you outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Fire Pit

Extend your outdoor time with a cozy fire pit. Nestle the fire pit in your backyard to use for roasting marshmallows with friends and family. Around the fire pit, add a set of Adirondack chairs for seating. For a beach themed fire pit, add sand around the structure, which will feel soft on your feet when sitting in the space, and is fire retardant so you don't have to worry about hazards. Along the fire pit, add benches for extra seating and an accent table for resting drinks or a simple vase of flowers. Fire pits are the perfect way to enjoy a cool fall evening or a summer night watching lightning bugs light up the landscape.

Outdoor Dining

Enjoy eating al fresco under your patio umbrella and dining table. Nestle the table and umbrella in your backyard alongside your garden for a cozy spot. Patio umbrellas come in a variety of colors and sizes, making the ideal landscape addition to use for entertaining or for a romantic dinner for two. Light up the outdoor umbrella with your favorite set of outdoor lights. Hang paper lanterns or tiny outdoor lights underneath the structure for a soft and warm glow. Extend the lighting to the table and use tea lights as the centerpiece to your table. Alongside the table, add colorful containers of fragrant rose bushes or colorful cosmos to create a stunning outdoor dining landscape.

Decorative Pavers

Use bricks to create a charming and decorative patio area. Tuck the bricks alongside a garden bed or backyard perennial garden, where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee or read your favorite book. Create a circular design with the bricks for a focal point to your landscape. Think about adding a decorative birdbath directly in the center to attract birds and butterflies. Along the edges of the space, plant low-growing monkey grass, moss and creeping thyme to fill in the ground and contrast with the red bricks.

Keywords: backyard landscape, fire pit, outdoor dining

About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.