Decorating Ideas for the Backyard

Decorating the backyard to maximize usable outdoor square footage encourages people to spend more hours outside. Convert your backyard space into an outdoor oasis for entertaining friends and family on warm summer nights. Add comfortable seating and colorful outdoor lights hung from an old shade tree for a cozy and inviting backyard space. Enjoy being surrounded by colorful plants and flowers in the confines of your own private retreat.

Outdoor Living Space

Add a vine-covered arbor to your backyard landscape for your own private retreat. At the base of each post, plant a creeping hydrangea or wisteria vine to create a lush and green roof to your outdoor living room. Overtime, the vines will wrap around the space for a vibrant focal point to your backyard. Arbors are also perfect for relaxing under on a warm night with friends and family or for a spot to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Don't forget to add a comfortable patio set and accent tables for extra seating when entertaining. Bring in colors from nearby flowers and plants to help create a cohesive design palette with furniture and accessories. Nestle solar lights around the perimeter of the arbor for a magical and inviting glow at night.

Fire Pit

Nothing brings you outdoors to enjoy the fresh air like a cozy fire pit. With their warm glow and ability to add heat to a cool night, fire pits can be situated in any area of the backyard for a relaxing evening. Use a movable fire pit like a chiminea on your backyard patio for a vibrant focal point. Add a set of adirondack chairs around the fire pit for relaxing on warm evenings. Another space for a fire pit is adjacent to a pergola or arbor to use for roasting marshmallows while entertaining friends and family. Extending the outdoor living space with a fire pit beckons your guests over to enjoy the warm and cozy spot around the fire pit. Burn fragrant wood like maple and cherry to add a sweet scent to your outdoor landscape.


Add containers like terra-cotta pots to the backyard landscape for additional texture and interest to the space. Adding an unexpected element like a container will draw the eye into the backyard and help define specific areas. Use pots to create a potted herb garden. Nestle these pots in full sun and along an existing garden or backyard patio for a fragrant design. Add evergreen topiary plants like boxwood for additional height to the garden. Dwarf Japanese maples with their lovely orange and red leaves look especially lovely when added to a large container and situated along a garden pathway. Flank an outdoor entryway with a set of containers filled with hydrangea for a warm and welcoming addition for guests.

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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.