A backyard is an extension of your home and should complement its characteristics and personality. Backyard landscaping has the potential to elevate the overall look and feel of your house by adding colour, fun and beauty. There are many possibilities to show your designing skills and know-how in landscaping. One of the challenges in backyard landscaping is determining what use the backyard will be put to. Consider your terrain and space available and the zones of activity you require, before choosing materials, plants and outdoor structures that meet those needs. If you need extra help you can hire a landscape designer or architect to get the job done or you can use the numerous DIY tools and your creativity to spruce up your space.
Here are some creative ideas to transform a backyard into an attractive setting for your home:
Multi-use yard for the whole family
For families with young kids, it’s a good idea to design a backyard suitable for use by both children and parents. Creating a design with dining and seating spaces for relaxing and entertaining, as well as a grassed area for play, will make for a practical and attractive backyard. Plants such as plum pine can offer greenery as well as enhanced privacy. No-mow fescue planted on berms (rounded mounds of soil) makes a great addition for the kids to enjoy.
If you love nature and would like to enjoy the benefits of it in your backyard, it is a great idea to go for a naturalistic theme. This type of garden features a more natural setting full of native plants, stone pathways, a pond and other elements that fit naturally into the environment. Vibrant flowers can be planted all along the garden to make it colourful and pleasing to the eyes while also attracting wildlife.
Cosy cottage gardens
A comfortable sitting area surrounded by viburnum bushes and flowers can transform your ordinary backyard into an English-style cottage garden. This design works well in favour of ornamental and edible plants along with some accessories like vintage-style pot planters or a mini windmill to add charm and character to your space. A picket fence and wooden benches along with a garden swing transform the backyard into a little piece of heaven.
If you are green-fingered, you can use your backyard to create an attractive vegetable garden. It is a great way to combine your interest in gardening with creating some attractive landscapes for your practical needs. Raised garden beds are a great option to start growing vegetables or herbs and come in different sizes and heights to suit your space and needs.
Backyard focal points
You can add to the beauty of your contemporary home by adding elements such as a swimming pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, patio and outdoor lounge. These communal areas are the perfect place to hang out with family and friends or to enjoy a poolside party.
There are numerous backyard landscaping ideas and services on Gumtree Australia. Whether you are looking for turf, rocks, artificial grass or expert advice, or other landscaping services, you can find it all on Gumtree.