1. Outdoor Photos
  2. Landscape

Backyard Landscaping Ideas & Designs

Rue Group, Inc.
Rue Group, Inc.
Rue Group, Inc. / Kathryn Rue, Landscape Architect
A beautiful home was surrounded by an old and poorly laid out landscape before our firm was called in to evaluate ways to re-organize the spaces and pull the whole look together for the rich and refined tastes of this client. Today they are proud to entertain at poolside where there is now enough space to have over-flowing parties. A vine covered custom wood lattice arbor successfully hides the side of the garage while creating a stunning focal point at the shallow end of the pool. An intimate courtyard garden is just a step outside the Master Bedroom where the sounds of the central water fountain can be heard throughout the house and lush plantings, cobblestone paving and low iron rail accents transport you to New Orleans. The front yard and stone entry now truly reflect this home’s incredible interior and a charming rose garden, that was once an unused lawn area, leads to a secret garden.
Contemporary Landscape
Contemporary Landscape
Photo of a contemporary backyard landscaping in San Francisco.
Projects
Projects
Schutz's Landscape & Design
Photo of a large traditional backyard concrete paver landscaping in Philadelphia.
Exotic Garden Chicken Coop
Exotic Garden Chicken Coop
IB Crazy Coops
This beautiful pseudo-farmhouse style chicken coop sits on a lush property full of fruit trees nestled in one the nicest areas in San Diego! Built with true construction grade materials, wood milled and planed on site for uniformity, heavily stained and weatherproofed, 1/2" opening german aviary wire for full predator protection. Measures 10' long x 5' wide x 6' tall for full walk in access. It is home to beautiful rare and exotic chickens that we provided as well as all the necessary implements. Features textured wood siding, a fold down door that doubles as a coop-to-run ramp, thermal corrugated roofing over run area and more!
Cedar Bridge
Cedar Bridge
Hughes Landscaping
Cedar bridge over a dry river bed connecting a flagstone path and garden area. Photo Credit: Joe Schaeffer
This is an example of a mid-sized traditional partial sun backyard stone landscaping in DC Metro.
Europa Allan Block
Europa Allan Block
Air Vol Block, Inc
All Palermo steps
Inspiration for a mid-sized traditional drought-tolerant backyard stone retaining wall landscape in San Luis Obispo.
Vintage Estates Project
Vintage Estates Project
Big Rock Landscaping
This is an example of a large rustic backyard concrete paver landscaping in Salt Lake City with a fire pit.
Home Free
Home Free
Bohler Builders Group, Inc.
Photo of a traditional partial sun backyard gravel garden path in Los Angeles.
Modern Rustic Landscaping
Modern Rustic Landscaping
Urban Artichoke Fine Gardening and Design
This planter on the private backyard patio adds serene greenery and includes a recirculating fountain
This is an example of a small modern drought-tolerant and partial sun backyard landscaping in San Francisco.
Wine Country Escape
Wine Country Escape
Katharine Webster Inc.
Design ideas for a transitional backyard gravel landscaping in San Francisco.
Clamshell Alley
Clamshell Alley
Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
This is an example of a coastal backyard landscaping in Portland Maine.
Meditative Healing Garden- Laurel Canyon
Meditative Healing Garden- Laurel Canyon
Ketti Kupper Conscious Life Design
Build out of the Meditation Hut next to the spa deck and gravel filled steps that lead into a recessed fire pit area. Photo by Ketti Kupper.
This is an example of a small asian drought-tolerant and partial sun backyard landscaping in Los Angeles with decking.
Rose covered arbor
Rose covered arbor
Derviss Design
A view threw the rose covered arbor to a lounging patio built into a grove of redwood trees.
Design ideas for a traditional backyard landscaping in San Francisco for summer.
Global Garden, San Carlos
Global Garden, San Carlos
Garden Studio by Laura Grams
A dramatic screening solution was designed using Parasoleil panels. We installed these metal panels with an outdoor fabric back drop to add contrast. These panels are back lit in the evenings for dazzling drama at night.
Brooklyn Sign Garden
Brooklyn Sign Garden
Outside Space NYC Landscape Design
Zomnia Vasques
Design ideas for a mid-sized partial sun backyard landscaping in New York.
Johnson Creek Landscaping
Johnson Creek Landscaping
Lori McCabe
Design ideas for a traditional backyard stone landscaping in Minneapolis.
Dedham Residence
Dedham Residence
a Blade of Grass
View of the bluestone patio from bluestone stepper path to the backyard.
This is an example of a mid-sized traditional full sun backyard stone landscaping in Boston.
Forever Home
Forever Home
Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors
The woodland strolling garden combines steppers and shredded bark as it winds through the border, pausing at a “story stone”. Planting locations minimize disturbance to existing canopy tree roots and provide privacy within the yard.
River Knoll
River Knoll
Outdoor Lifestyles
Photo of a traditional backyard gravel landscaping in New York.
John and Sarah's backyard renovation
John and Sarah's backyard renovation
Landscape East & West
Stephen Cridland
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete paver landscaping in Portland.

Having a picturesque backyard to relax in can make the warmer months that much more enjoyable. There are a number of directions you can go, from installing a new patio to planting a garden. If you’re looking for backyard landscaping ideas, browse the photo gallery below and you’re sure to find some inspiration.

Stick Within Your Budget for Your Backyard Landscape Design

Landscaping can be expensive, between the cost of buying new plants and hiring contractors to create your dream garden. Still, if you’re looking for backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, there are a number of ways to keep costs down. You can do some of the work of planting yourself, especially if you have a small backyard. You’ll also want to plant strategically: consider more affordable, low-maintenance and native plants to keep your garden healthy.

Choose the Features that Bring Out the Best in Your Backyard

Features like a pool, fire pit or covered patio can make your backyard feel even more inviting. While you may not have the space or the budget for all of them, pick which ones best suit your yard and lifestyle. While you browse backyard landscaping ideas with a pool, consider whether a rectangular or more natural looking pool would best suit your yard. If you’re looking at landscaping ideas with a fire pit, determine whether you prefer a modern or rustic stone fire pit. For backyards in urban or dense areas, it can be nice to create your own secluded retreat. Privacy fences, dense vines, bushes and trees are all attractive landscaping ideas for privacy.

Let the size and shape of your yard guide your project. If your property is on a slope and you need backyard hill landscaping ideas, consider trees and shrubs that have strong root systems in order to avoid landslides. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to be taking on a large backyard landscaping project, you might consider adding a pool, or breaking up the space with paved and grassy areas.

Consider the Natural Landscape Around You

While a green lawn remains popular just about anywhere, designing a landscape that matches your home’s natural surroundings can be particularly rewarding. If you’re in need of backyard landscaping ideas for the desert, you might consider a variety of pavers, gravel or rocks to decorate your yard. Installing a patio is an easy solution, as it won’t require much maintenance once it’s done. On the other hand, if you live in a northern climate, creating a landscape design that highlights your lush green yard might make a lot of sense.

If you need backyard gardening ideas for a cold climate, installing a greenhouse can be a great way to protect vegetables from frost. While just about anything can grow well in dryer climates, you may want to steer towards landscapes without grass to save water. Instead, look for examples of backyards with rocks and local shrubs, interspersed with citrus trees for greenery.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a backyard landscaping renovation or are building a designer landscaping from scratch, Houzz has 129,620 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Outdoor Lifestyles and Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture. Look through landscaping pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a backyard landscaping design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful backyard landscaping photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.