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Schutz's Landscape & Design
Photo of a large traditional backyard concrete paver landscaping in Philadelphia.
Simply Elegant
Simply Elegant
Mariani Landscape
Credit: Linda Oyama Bryan
Photo of a large modern partial sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Chicago.
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.
Mid-Century River House
Mid-Century River House
CARBO Landscape Architecture
Outdoor Kitchen and Living Space
Design ideas for a mid-century modern backyard landscaping in New Orleans.
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.
cotton jones retreat
cotton jones retreat
debora carl landscape design
Design ideas for a modern backyard gravel landscaping in San Diego.
Clamshell Alley
Clamshell Alley
Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
This is an example of a coastal backyard landscaping in Portland Maine.
Oliva
Oliva
Brookside Landscape Design
View of elevated fire pit area with concrete steps and contrasting Ipe deck. Rectangle fire pit is board formed concrete. Travertine floor under custom steel patio cover. Outdoor Tv installed on Ipe cladding and set above corten steel planter. Photography: Brett J Hilton
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.
Garden Wall + Trellises
Garden Wall + Trellises
Weatherill & Associates
Design ideas for a large traditional full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in San Francisco.
Backyard pool buffer
Backyard pool buffer
Construction Landscape, LLC.
Bye Bye neighbors, you know what they say palm trees can make the best neighbors. Using Dwarf date palm and a silver fountain palm as the center piece makes for a lovely tropical buffer. Landscape designed and installed by Construction Landscape With Designs by Jennifer Bevins. Servicing The Treasure and Space Coast 772-492-8382.
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.
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.
Wood Fences
Wood Fences
Dakota Unlimited
Photo of a large traditional partial sun backyard stone landscaping in Minneapolis.
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.
Curved stone retaining walls and huge boulders on hill
Curved stone retaining walls and huge boulders on hill
Home & Garden Design, Atlanta - Danna Cain, ASLA
This lush and colorful hillside was once a barren, dry slope full of weeds and briars. We created the river rock stone terraced walls mainly to retain the truckloads of good garden soil that we added so that this hill could be planted successfully. The curved design is very attractive and the rustic style blends well with the log cabin architecture of the house. We also added large boulders nearby. You can see a few to the far right. Photographer: Danna Cain, Home & Garden Design, Inc.

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 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors and Outdoor Lifestyles. 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.