If you're dealing with a yard that offers a slope or hillside, use it to your advantage by working in stacked rock retaining walls that bring visual appeal as well as support and structure for flowerbeds.
Who says flowerbeds need to be located on the edge of the yard? Bring flowers, shrubs, and plants front and center in an informal gathering of grouped plantings.
Take away any distractions with a simple yard made up of a striking pathway and dominating tree as a focal point.
Water This Way
The sounds of water are a natural pairing with any outdoor space. Create your own waterfall with large boulders and line the area with colorful plants that bloom throughout the seasons.
If a clean and contoured look is your preferred style, maintain a strict definition between the lawn and the flowerbed. Layer colors in rows and intermingle evergreen shrubs.
For a backyard that feels like a garden shed is around every corner, allow for informal features like randomly-placed stepping stones. Bring in the rustic vibe with aged wood, rusty metal, and carefully selected planters.
Although it looks a bit random, it's an intentional way to make the yard feel natural with a curving path that encourages a slower pace to take in the surrounding colors and textures.
Sit in Solace
Build up a slope or eliminate the lawn, turning it into a peaceful sitting area with small pond and trickling waterfall. Surround the space with lighting and colorful plants.
This design highlights a wide, meandering pathway that begs to be walked on. The surrounding landscape is formal and well manicured, continuously drawing the eye forward.
Even a straight, long pathway brings its own atmosphere. This one offers a formal feel with an invitation to touch the variety of colorful plants lining the walkway.
Contrast and Function
A backyard serves many functions. In addition to a lawn for playing games and flowerbeds to house plants, formal walkways connect the spaces while adding texture and visual interest.
A lush green lawn is great for croquet and bocce ball, but that doesn't mean it has to be the only feature of the yard. The well developed flowerbeds offer color, depth, and a defining outline to the space.