Looking for your next DIY project? Perhaps you need some inspiration on how to make your house a home? Our growing library of how-to's, DIY tutorials, and home improvement articles are here to guide you through your DIY adventures.
Your backyard is your personal oasis, a private space where you can unwind and be at one with nature. Or at least that’s what it should be. Instead, for many people, it’s more a reminder of chores to be done than a place to escape to.
It doesn’t have to be that way. The right landscaping choices will create a natural sense of order, letting your property grow in an organically tidy way. It’s simply a matter of knowing what you want and guiding your yard toward this goal.
Take control of your garden with these landscape design ideas.
The best attribute a property can have is to be low-maintenance. Only then can you maximize enjoyment while minimizing chores.
A great way to accomplish that is to clearly define sections of your yard. That way, if things do become a little overgrown or wild, they’re still occupying only their space. This is the difference between natural lushness and unruliness.
Accomplishing this is as easy as laying a stone pathway through your property. Paver stones create a visible boundary between different sections, offering clear lines of separation. No matter what other choices you make for your garden, these paths offer a defined sense of order.
Now that you have an easy way to navigate your yard, set up places to sit at various points. A patio set on your back deck is a must, but why not also have a wrought-iron table with seating for two along the far corner, and maybe bench seating under some trees?
Carving out little pockets of calmness in your yard offers a nice contrast to the natural growth taking place between the paths. Even if you never really use these sitting areas, they add a sense of character, as well as order, to any yard.
When planting your garden, set things up so that larger plants are near the back, with smaller growth at the front. This is a simple way to add volume. Just be mindful of the direction the sun is coming from. You don’t want the larger plants to block out the smaller ones.
A raised garden offers an opportunity to grow your favourite vegetables in an easy and practical way. It also changes the sightlines of your property, breaking up what could otherwise be a simple shape.
See the article How to Build a Garden Box: A DIY Guide for an in-depth guide on building your own raised garden.
When designing a backyard, many people start with featureless rectangles of grass. Easily add dimension with an arbour. Choose an appropriate size for your space and plant ivy at its base, and you’ll quickly have a natural feature that creates a sense of depth.
When considering landscaping options, don’t only think about working outwards. Take things upwards with the addition of a trellis or hanging pots.
Trellises can be freestanding or set against your house. There’s a large variety of climbing plants to choose from that will add a whole new look to your yard.
Hanging pots require a little more care when setting up, but can also be added in many places. Just be sure that the structure is strong enough to support the weight of the pots it will hold.
Place solar lighting along the paths and at the different seating areas to create a sense of depth. Available in many styles, these features are incredibly low-maintenance, requiring little more effort than installing them. In return, you get the functionality of night-time lighting with the beauty of an illuminated garden.
While not every property is equal, there are landscape design ideas that can improve almost any outdoor space. The principles are the same regardless of the property, as they focus on a few key attributes. Get the outdoor space you want by adding depth, lighting and places of leisure. Most importantly, do it all in a way that requires little maintenance.