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These outdoor spaces minimize yard work and keep the focus on fun

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Whether it's a manicured front lawn, stone-paved pathway or intricate landscape design, landscapes benefit from the same attention to detail that the interior of your home does. Well-executed landscaping ideas can upgrade your home's entire aesthetic, and the right plants, flowers and shrubbery can greatly enhance your curb appeal by adding color, texture and even fragrance to your yard.

Before starting on your new landscape design, survey your area and make some notes; you cannot concretely consider certain landscape decorating ideas unless you identify what kind of climate you are living in, how much you are willing to spend and how much space you have to work with. Additionally, as you browse several landscape ideas and landscape pictures and make notes about the designs and landscapes that really jump out at you, keep in mind what level of ongoing maintenance is actually feasible.

If you love working with plants, a large rose or vegetable garden is the perfect use of land; if you live in a hot or dry area, consider drought-tolerant landscape ideas. If you have younger kids, consider what they would enjoy as well, such as a large grassy area or a playground, swing set or pool. Think about what your family would use the most, as well as what would help boost your resell value in the long run. Lastly, when it comes to landscapes, be sure to consider different front and backyard ideas, as they are separate entities that serve two very different purposes.

What plants should I add to my landscape?


When browsing landscape photos, think about curb appeal above all else; landscape designs are your chance to make a great first impression. A flower garden is a great option, but if ongoing care is a concern, you can simplify the process by opting for low-maintenance succulents, bushes or hedges instead. If you don't have a green thumb, consider simple and easy-to-implement landscape design ideas, such as grass, gravel pathways, water features, statues, wood fences or stone walls.

What features should I have in my garden or backyard?


While landscapes are seen as a primarily aesthetic component, there are additions you can incorporate in your landscape design to make it as functional as possible. The garden can be designed for entertaining and playtime with seating, dining areas, play spaces and sunny relaxation spots. A vegetable or flower garden is a common yard staple, especially if you add an interesting element like a pergola, arbor, walkway or fence. If you’re looking for lively landscape decorating ideas, consider adding fun accessories like birdbaths and feeders. For the ultimate party house, incorporate a pool and patio, or consider a deck with a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue and/or outdoor kitchen. If you're an active, sports-loving family, add a basketball or volleyball court, or set up a bocce ball or croquet area. And don't forget about furniture! A bench in a garden makes a great reading or meditation spot, while a weatherproof chaise lounge, sofa and chair are nice for soaking up those sunny days.

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This is an example of a large farmhouse partial sun gravel driveway in Burlington.

Westphalen Photography
This is an example of a large farmhouse partial sun gravel driveway in Burlington.
I love what I see of this property. - webuser_308631444

Photo of a large traditional backyard stone landscaping in DC Metro with a fireplace.

The inviting fire draws you through the garden. Surrounds Inc.
Photo of a large traditional backyard stone landscaping in DC Metro with a fireplace.
landscaping and dif. color stonework - tori_paroskie

Photo of a modern partial sun front yard concrete paver garden path in Portland.

Jeremy Bitterman
Photo of a modern partial sun front yard concrete paver garden path in Portland.
This picture shows REPETITION, with the stones leading to the front door. The stones are the exact same size and color, just repeating toward the door. - webuser_792281534

Inspiration for a large mediterranean full sun front yard gravel garden path in San Diego.

Landscape by Gay Butler Interior Design Gail Owens photography
Inspiration for a large mediterranean full sun front yard gravel garden path in San Diego.
Mediterranean stucco w/ tile roof - bgreenup43

Design ideas for a contemporary side yard landscaping in Portland.

Photos By; Nate Grant
Design ideas for a contemporary side yard landscaping in Portland.
Fencing color and design is nice with the artificial grass too since we are not too much of outdoors people - bonganthony88

This is an example of a modern partial sun landscaping in Austin with a fire pit.

This is an example of a modern partial sun landscaping in Austin with a fire pit.
后院参考设计 - yb_zhou323

Inspiration for a large farmhouse full sun backyard gravel vegetable garden landscape in San Francisco for summer.

Inspiration for a large farmhouse full sun backyard gravel vegetable garden landscape in San Francisco for summer.
Vegetable/herb garden north side of house that gets southern exposure? - webuser_282239656

Design ideas for a transitional backyard stone landscaping in San Francisco.

A large pool and patio integrate the home with back yard and pool house. Folding doors open on two sides for indoor/outdoor living. Bernard Andre Photography
Possible for our new backyard - jonahadame

Inspiration for a rustic front yard garden path in Other.

Inspiration for a rustic front yard garden path in Other.
Love this house and landscaping. - graffbrown

The project was a complete rear renovation involving a new swimming pool, patio areas, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, deck renovation, and surrounding landscape, and lighting. The site was very challenging due to very steep slopes and a limited amount of land area to accomplish the overall goals of the project. Those were lawn areas for the kids to play as well as patio space for entertainment and a swimming pool. Due to county requirements, multiple infiltration trenches were needed to accommodate the Chesapeake Bay ordinances. Photography: Morgan Howarth. Landscape Architect: Chad Talton, Surrounds Inc.

Inspiration for a rustic gravel landscaping in Santa Barbara.

Jim Bartsch Photography
Inspiration for a rustic gravel landscaping in Santa Barbara.
love this - the seats and firepit - hatterasturtle

This is an example of a tropical landscaping in New Orleans.

the bamboo is a clumping variety called Bambusa eutuldoides viridi-vittata , Asian lemon bamboo. This variety is a clumper and you do not need to contain it, however, do allow an 8'by 10' area for its ultimate growth. Bamboo does require constant maintenance and you will need to do some research for the specific variety you choose. Once planted, it will become a beautiful focal point and add a stunning tropical accent. Photo Credit: Sherwood Cox
Bamboo (noninvasive type) and accompanying plants for both side yard and back entry. - webuser_416979502

Photo of a traditional backyard gravel landscaping in New York.

Photo of a traditional backyard gravel landscaping in New York.
Symmetrical, calm, manicured yet soft. It has the same hardscape as around the cabin gas fire pit- just needs to be lined with short hedge. - sherrisohappy

Photo of a contemporary backyard landscaping in San Diego.

Photo of a contemporary backyard landscaping in San Diego.
refer for backyard landscape - meganforest

Photo of a small contemporary backyard landscaping in Orange County.

Succulent wall
Photo of a small contemporary backyard landscaping in Orange County.
Very pretty I don’t know if it would work on ours but is very pretty - laura_laser

This is an example of a small contemporary backyard landscaping in San Francisco.

Small residential garden to suite a modern house and active children. -kwmla-
This is an example of a small contemporary backyard landscaping in San Francisco.
Like how the bamboo is used as a screen - rick_llewellyn

Design ideas for a farmhouse retaining wall landscape in Burlington.

Design ideas for a farmhouse retaining wall landscape in Burlington.
Rock wall treatment - ggunning

Design ideas for a contemporary water fountain landscape in San Diego.

aeoniums, fern, flax, fountain, grasses, gravel, horizontal cedar fence and gate, kangaroo paws, leptosperum petersonii tree, smooth wall stucco walls, Cordyline 'Torbay Dazzler'
Sleek Stucco Wall. Interesting water feature. - judy_duffy1

Photo of a contemporary front yard retaining wall landscape in Denver.

Photo of a contemporary front yard retaining wall landscape in Denver.
Combination between stone and wood and glass - koodie