Overlooking the backyard, a platform deck is outfitted with bench seating and a Southwestern-inspired outdoor rug. A corrugated metal fence lines the perimeter of the low-maintenance yard for ultimate privacy.
For her own front yard, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates Inc. matched the hardscape to her home's architectural syle for a cozy cottage garden. To keep the yard low maintenance she laid a large patio using Arizona flagstones, then filled the rest of the space with lush flower beds. A reclaimed concrete bowl is transformed into a water feature that brings the sound of rain to the garden.
Playful and contemporary, this backyard from HGTV's Going Yard is the perfect place for kids and adults. A teeter-totter is a fun element for kids, while a streamlined raised deck has an elegant dining area.
The landscaping surrounding this Southwestern style home is low-maintenance and low-water, with beds of tan gravel contrasting sharply with bright green plants and trees. Slim channels funnel water in and around the yard.
Artistic stone arches bridge the gap between manmade and natural landscape in this scenic backyard. A combination of container gardens and low-maintenance plants are scattered around a small patio and wooden pergola.
Around the perimeter of the back yard, a tall wood fence provides privacy from nearby neighbors. Petite pots with succulents make a flexible and low-maintenance centerpiece on the outdoor dining table.
A steeply pitched roof offers a Tudor Revival look to this Beverly Hills, Calif., home, though the structure boasts a lighter color palette that gives the look a more modern appeal. The front yard is dressed with low-maintenance ground cover landscaping
The goal with this backyard in Hoboken, New Jersey? Create a low-maintenance, open and budget-friendly outdoor space for a busy family. The bluestone patio was enlarged and seating added, but plenty of running around space was left for the kids.
The picturesque spa/pool in this quaint, mountain backyard is surrounded by low, maintenance desert plants and comfortable patio furniture, allowing for visitors to enjoy the pool, even if they don't enjoy being in the pool.
A long, woven sectional rests beneath an ample shade, creating a great spot to relax in this restful Los Angeles backyard. The furnishings in the space emphasize the garden's plethora of clean, horizontal lines. A rock garden features succulents for low maintenance and a water feature for calming sound.
A gravel walkway stretches between an outdoor pergola and the tiny back porch – topped with its own pergola – of this woodsy home. Overhead tree cover and low maintenance landscaping make this backyard a woodland oasis.