If you live in a modest home, chances are your front yard is a modest size as well. (Although we fully recognize that everyone’s idea of “modest” when it comes to house and yard size is relative.) Just because you may have less front yard space than the rolling acreage upon which your dream house sits, doesn’t mean your front yard can’t be gorgeous. Thought, care, and strategic landscaping can transform even the humblest of front yards into showstoppers.
With a major emphasis on interiors in home decorating, sometimes the outside of our houses get neglected. This Outdoor section will surely inspire you to bring excitement and life into your exterior. Family-friendly backyard ideas, landscape tips, and unique home exteriors and designs are just some of the many topics on which you’ll find fantastic photographs and interesting articles.
No matter how big or small your backyard is right now, it probably has the potential to be one of your family’s favorite hangout spots. You don’t have to sacrifice style or aesthetics for a family-friendly backyard, either.Here are 20 fabulous ideas to create your dream backyard for plenty of family fun. Get inspired, then get busy creating!
Hilgard Garden is a landscaping project by San Francisco-based Barrensfeld Architecture. It’s part of a private residence in Berkeley, California. The garden was designed to take advantage of the sloping topography of the site and to also eliminate the need for a traditional staircase in the backyard which would otherwise reduce the square footage.
As temperatures cool and apples ripen, our gardens can start to look a bit shabby. The wilted flowers don’t really help the look of your beds at all. But even though the vibrant pinks and yellow hues may have left for the season, that doesn’t doom you to brown! There are still plenty of options to make your own little outdoors space a perfect autumn haven. Check out these ten plants to take your beds from gory to glory!
1. Anise Hyssop
Want your home to make a good first impression but not sure how to go about it? Landscaping the front yard can certainly be a daunting task, even without taking into account the added pressure that comes from needing to have great curb appeal. The good news is, there are no across-the-board “RIGHT” and “WRONG” ways of designing the front yard landscape. But there are guidelines that apply in general that are helpful in planning and designing the yard to maximize its appeal, both in your eyes and from the curb.
Shade sails are growing in popularity by the day and they’ve started to replace the umbrellas and canopies we all got so used with. It’s now time to explore new designs and possibilities. Shade sails are famous for their futuristic and architectural forms. They’re made of high-density polypropylene mesh, they’re recyclable and they’re great at blocking 90-95% of the UV rays.
Organic and natural materials should be anyone’s first choice when decorating the outdoors and having a rock garden should definitely be on your wishlist this summer. Use rocks to transform your plain and boring backyard into a beautiful and relaxing oasis. Use their sculptural beauty to create eye-catching designs and try to make them look as natural as possible in the setting you’re providing.
One natural resource we love in the backyard is rock. There are so many varieties in the rocks themselves, and even more variety in the possibilities of using those rocks to your advantage.
Here are 20 fantastic uses of rocks for your backyard landscape inspiration!