A big birch tree shades this backyard in the afternoon. The yard slopes down significantly as it reaches lake's edge, so a rock garden with larger and then smaller boulders makes that transition feel more natural.
Cheerful daffodils are classic spring flowers. For a natural look, toss them around your yard or landscape and plant them where they fall. Choose big, healthy bulbs and plant them 6" deep about 2 to 4 weeks before your ground freezes. They need sun to part sun and will come back year after year; they're hardy in USDA zones 3-8. 'Sunshine Boys,' pictured here, is a blend of early-blooming daffodils.
A big, noble eucalyptus tree is surrounded by feather grass. Replacing thirsty perennials and annuals with sweeps of grasses was one of the ways landscape designers reduced water consumption in this backyard.
This glorious Minnesota house backs up to a lake and offers up all the perks of waterfront living. There's a dock, a beach, a big backyard, plus lots of balconies and porches from which to soak in that view.
One of the elements of this backyard makeover was an art studio that can double as guest quarters. It sits on a raised turf area, with grassy lawn adjacent: perfect lounging for the owners' big dogs when the artist is at work.
When they're not entertaining guests, the owners can use this corner of the living room to teach their kiddos to play piano. A big bay window with printed curtains pulled open offers a glimpse of the backyard and fills the space with even more natural light.
An outdoor living area near the top of the backyard garden features a gas fire pit for easy fire-starting. With a garden this big and entertaining a priority, ways to save time and add instant ambiance are critical.
What changed her mood and attitude: a 1986 place in Sunrise, FL, with a roomy 2,028 square feet and a sizable backyard. The dismal interior—drab wood built-ins, forest green carpet, and a big hole in the living room ceiling—didn’t put Nicole off.
The retro Airstream trailer set the stage for this backyard barbecue shower, providing a cool backdrop for the festivities. If you don't have access to something like this, you can always create a backdrop that sets the tone for your event - like a desert landscape, a big red barn or countryside using a photo printed on large canvas. This way it can also double as a backdrop for a photobooth!
You don't have to spend big bucks for a backyard composter. An ordinary plastic or metal garbage can with a lid will work. Before you sink the can into the ground (which you'll want to do, to keep animals from getting into your garage), drill some holes into the sides and bottom. They'll let water drain out and allow beneficial organisms and worms to come in. When the compost is ready to use, find a friend to help you lift the can out of the ground and dump it into a wheelbarrow or your garden spot.