Not only does landscaping the backyard increase your enjoyment of the space, but it'll also increase the value of your home too.
If you're looking for backyard landscaping ideas, then read on for our top 7 trends.
1. Pavilions are the New Patios
Extend your outdoor living space by laying a concrete pad that is covered by a pavilion. Pavilions are small open structures with roofs that are situated in a large garden.
Not only does it provide a shady space to escape the heat, but it can also serve as a functional area for dining and relaxation.
You can hang a ceiling fan, chandelier, or swinging benches from the rafters. Hang hammocks, or install a dining table.
2. Backyard Landscaping Ideas with Water
Installing some sort of water feature is key to creating a backyard that feels calm, peaceful, and beautiful.
Most Canadian climates don't allow for year-round running water outside. Select a water feature that can be easily cleaned, emptied, and winterized each year.
Courtyard fountains are a popular option among Canadian landscapers.
In more moderate climates, landscapers can install ponds, waterfalls, streams, and more.
3. Self Sufficiency and Backyard Veggie Gardens
Dedicating a space to grow your own food is a growing priority for many homeowners.
Whether it's a large area cut out from the lawn or a series of raised garden boxes making room for your vegetables will add visual interest to a backyard space.
In addition to the design benefits, residents can enjoy a summer full of the freshest produce.
You can grow crops together based on their harvest time. This will allow you to enjoy vegetables in season throughout the summer and into fall as well.
4. Different "Rooms" Outside
The concept of "outdoor rooms" simply means creating several different spaces within your backyard where people can go.
One of your outdoor rooms might mimic the function of a living room, with comfortable seating for several adults, a fire pit, and shade.
Another outdoor room might serve as the playroom with a playhouse, sandbox, or swing set.
Perhaps another area in the lawn space has storage for croquet sets, cricket bats, or horseshoe equipment.
Creating "outdoor rooms" provides many ways for people of all ages to enjoy time outside without getting bored or feeling stuffy.
5. Outdoor Dining
There's something special about having a meal outdoors. And creating a space for food preparation and dining can make your backyard oasis even more enjoyable.
One of your outdoor "rooms" can include a grill, countertop or prep area, a pizza oven, or a firepit.
Utilize durable outdoor furniture to create a comfortable and shaded place where you can enjoy a summer cookout with family and friends.
6. Drought Tolerance and Water Conservation
A modern trend taking hold of many homeowners is a landscape design that requires little to no watering. Not only is it energy and water efficient, but it's also complementary to the natural climate and surroundings.
Replace grass with stone pathways and gravel designs. Create smaller raised garden beds where local plants, herbs, and vegetables can grow.
This landscaping concept is very low maintenance. So if you're looking to reduce the cost of utilities and time spent taming your garden, this might be the trend for you.
7. Terraces and Slopes
Many homeowners face the challenge of a backyard that has a steep slope or grade and they aren't sure how to make it into a functional living space.
Working with a professional landscape designer, you can plan out terraces that create smaller flat areas that can be turned into functional spaces for seating, dining, and play.
Just because you have a grade in your backyard doesn't mean you can't enjoy the space.
Creating Your Dream Yard
No matter what your dream backyard landscaping ideas are, we can help make it a reality.
Contact Scott's Landscaping today to make your backyard into an oasis.