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Backyard Landscape Beach Ideas

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Sink your feet into the warm sand in the cozy confines of your backyard. Linger in your private beach retreat without leaving your house. Creating a backyard beach oasis is a fun weekend project and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. With the right ingredients, your outdoor landscape can be transformed into your very own seaside retreat.


When you think of the beach, you think of soft sand and building sandcastles. Bring the sand to your backyard landscape by building your very own seashore. Use a section of the backyard, large or small, depending upon the backyard dimensions. To create this makeshift seashore, clear the area of debris, including rocks and twigs. Leave any large logs or wood for a bench to use over the sand. Lay a 1- to 2-foot layer of sand down to create this makeshift seashore. Use the sand to create valleys and ridges, ideal for sitting on, and for the quintessential backyard beach retreat.

Beach in Pot

Create a beach garden using colorful containers filled with coastal beauties. Use plants found along the coast like geraniums and salvia to create your containers. To create height, add tall seaside growers like purple fountain grass. Its cascading and soft foliage grows up to 5 feet wide and looks lovely swaying in the breeze. Add succulents to the beach pot to evoke the feeling of being along the shore. Over the top add a layer of sand to give the container a beach feel. Add decorative touches like a small piece of driftwood to the top for a unexpected container along the backyard landscape.

Fire Pit

Over the makeshift seashore, nestle a portable fire pit. Fire pits bring you outdoors, even in the cooler nights, to enjoy your backyard beach oasis. Add a layer of slate around the portable pit as a rim and help the pit to stay in place. The mesh cover fits over the top and can be filled with firewood for the ideal spot to roast marshmallows or hot dogs. Sit along the edge of the sand dunes and watch the fire light up the night. You just might hear the sounds of waves crashing in the distance.


About the 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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.