Having a backyard is one of the singular joys of homeownership. If you spent years living in an apartment where all of the green space was shared in common, then you understand what a relief it is to have outdoor areas that you can call your own.
Still, there’s a big difference between having a backyard and having one that’s functional and beautiful. That big difference is, of course, landscaping!
When you think of landscaping, you’re likely thinking of plants, mulch and pathways, but there’s more to it than that! With landscaping, you can bring order to your backyard, creating beautiful outdoor living spaces that you, your family and your friends can enjoy all year round! Simply, a beautifully landscaped backyard is a joy. Period.
In the following 20 pictures, you’re going to see ten incredible backyards before and after they were landscaped. We bet that more than a few of these backyards might look similar to the one that’s currently behind your home… When you see what’s possible with a little landscaping, though, you’re going to be inspired to beautify your own backyard with some incredible landscaping ideas! Let’s take a look…
1. Untamed to Comfortable
Entirely untamed, this backyard is nothing short of an eyesore, providing no comfortable place for outdoor relaxation.
The addition of a porch and a stone patio definitely changes things. But the really cool thing is the planter boxes that are concealing the basement door.
2. Side Yard to Side Yard Living Space
On this limited lot space, one should make the most of whatever green space is available. Things are obviously lacking here.
Thanks to a pergola, paving stones and some convenient seating, though, this “side” yard has been transformed into a fully function outdoor living space.
3. Certified Trash Heap to So Neat
With a porch that’s literally falling a part and a giant trash heap of scrap wood, there’s nowhere for this backyard to go but up!
The wonderful and enormous wood patio that’s been installed here is also the highlight. But note how beautiful flowers have been installed to give the backyard definition.
4. Just Mulch to Beautiful Space
With a small concrete patio all the way in the back, there’s nothing more to this backyard than mulch, mulch and more mulch.
For a unique patio, tree cross sections were used. But the real highlight here is the new green space and the outdoor kitchen at right.
5. Open Space to Chilling Space
A large backyard like this is a wonderful thing to have, but you’ve got to do something to stake your claim.
This homeowner decided to install a beautiful brick patio with an outdoor fireplace. Can’t you imagine sitting out here during the fall months?
6. Putting in the Hammock
Here’s another backyard that’s entirely untamed. The space available, though, offers virtually unlimited possibilities.
This homeowner decided to frame in a small section of the yard, wherein a beautiful hammock for relaxing was installed.
7. Doing a Lot with a Lot
This backyard is absolutely massive, but absolutely nothing has been done in the way of landscaping.
Taking advantage of all the space available, this homeowner has installed everything form a vegetable garden to a beautiful outdoor patio with Adirondack chairs.
8. Solving the Arid Climate Problem
More and more homeowners are finding themselves living in arid climates thanks to changes in the weather. This presents some problems, needless to say.
Rather than trying to create green space in these situations, it’s often better to minimize outdoor maintenance in favor of functional outdoor living areas.
9. Using Lines for Interest
The only thing going right now in this small backyard is a tiny concrete patio with plastic chairs and a table.
Now a covered area provides shelter from the sun, while defined plant and green areas add some visual spark to the look.
10. The Coolest Dining Room
There’s a lot of space to work with here, so it will be interesting to see what landscaping decisions were made.
A beautiful outdoor dining room covered by a pergola now sits amid a mulched-in area where plants can grow. Can you imagine the dinner parties here?