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Secrets of a Beautiful Garden: 9 Awesome Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Large backyard with ampler rest area and Adirondack chairs.

By Margarita Nakhatakian

When the winter is almost over, and the spring is yet to come, it is only natural to start thinking about original and beautiful landscaping ideas for the upcoming spring and summer seasons that will give a new breath to your garden. With the best landscaping ideas in mind, you can add warmth, texture, colors to your outdoors and make it a fantastic place to relax and have guests over.

There are many beautiful ways to improve your backyard. From planting beautiful flowers to turning your garden into a multipurpose location, here are timely secrets to a beautiful garden:

Lawn and Garden Care

Houseplants on a picnic table.

As you gear up for spring, the first thing to start with is clearing off your lawn. This is the time to thatch the lawn and give it a comb-over. Remove all dead leaves, branches, and sticks to prevent decayed spots on your grass.

If the temperature is lower than 40 °F (5 °C), avoid sowing grass seeds. Too much cold can harm the grass and stall growth. If you plan to work with a landscaper, let them know if you recently seeded the grass. This way, they can decide on the best fertilizer to use. Without a landscaper, you can also search for well-researched product recommendations to care for your lawn on your own as you wait for the grass to grow.

Check your planters to see if there are any damages caused over the winter. You can do a bit of weeding as you add compost to facilitate regrowth. Rake out any winter decay and debris from your flower beds before bulbs and blooms start popping up.

Before it is full spring, ensure you mulch your garden. This ensures you can work freely without worrying about blooming flowers.

Multi-use Garden Ideas

Multipurpose outdoor space with a gazebo, lighting and seating.

Apart from turning your backyard into a flower and plant haven, you can also turn it into a cozy multipurpose outdoor space where you can include a gazebo, an outdoor fireplace, an entertainment space, a kitchen garden, and even a meditation area.

Transformed Concrete Pathways

Path made of recycled concrete slabs.

You can also transform the hard concrete slab into a unique garden path to give your footpath a different and unique look. Have you ever thought about it?

Not only it will look modern, but also very welcoming and inviting. Just imagine what first impression your guests will get from it.

Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor dining and entertainment area with rattan furniture.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining. You can set up an outdoor dining area with enough room for your family or guests. For smaller outdoor spaces, you can choose bench-dining sets instead of chairs. The benches can easily be slotted under the table when not used to leave enough room to walk around the garden.

Multifunctional Fire Pits

outdoor fireplace on terrace.

As the weather gets colder, we prefer to gather indoors, but that does not have to be our only option. Creating an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit (depending on the size of your backyard) will be one of the perfect ways to make the most out of your outdoor space, as the warmth of it will bring your family and friends together to enjoy cozy outdoor evenings.

There is only one question: a fireplace or a fire pit? When deciding between the two, there are several considerations to consider: the scale, venue, safety, etc. Although your personal style can be special, consider each of these factors in a broad sense to decide. 

Include a Water Feature

Deck with turquoise pool, surrounded by green lawn.

A water feature is one of the best ways to beautify a garden space. You can choose between waterfall combined with bridges if you have space or go for standalone water fountains for smaller gardens.

There is something soothing about the sound of flowing water in an outdoor space. You can illuminate the water feature to give water fountains a glow after the darkness will come.

Consider Having Hanging Plants in Your Backyard

Hanging basket of petunias.

Hanging plants and flowers will be another innovation to your background. It will be another way to add colors to your backyard or patio. They will boost your mood, fill the space, etc.

Even if you are a newbie at gardening, you can easily prepare a pot to hang flowers and other greenery. Just use cord, wood and a pot or metal bowl for planting, and that is it.

Pet Friendly Backyard

Puppy on cushion seat in garden.

Having a furry friend happily playing in the backyard—is a dream for a dog owner! It will take you more than sending your dog backyard for playing. You must ensure that you provide a safe and “pawfect” solution for your furry friend to play in.

First, make sure you have a non-hazardous fence, so if the dog tries to jump out, it will do no harm. Also, always keep only edible plants. Another essential is the fresh water, especially if your dog is a swim lover. You can also add extra features to your backyard, such as tunnels, outdoor playgrounds, etc.

Consider Urban Gardening

Gardening tools displayed on a wood beam.

If you live in the city, it is still possible to enjoy an outdoor garden with all your favorite plants, foods or flowers. To transform this idea into a reality, you can use old tires, shoes, kiddie pools, window boxes, watering cans, containers and unused buckets to create a small garden items for growing crops, plants, flowers or fruits: just use your imagination!

With an urban garden, you can quickly grow greenery and save on the cost of having to buy fresh product from the market. It is also a fantastic way of creating environmental awareness by reducing the carbon footprint. You can easily transform your balcony or rooftop into a beautiful outdoor space where you can relax or entertain even in the absence of a backyard. 

We hope that after reading the article, you will now have a better understanding of how to redecorate or redesign your backyard so that you could enjoy it no matter if you will be alone or it will be a small and cozy party for a few. 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

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