This home's property is large enough to include a chicken coop, raised garden beds for growing vegetables and a garden shed. Pea gravel walkways stand out handsomely against the wood trim, fence and shed.
Stepped wooden planters and a mix of grasses, boxwoods and evergreens make this urban deck feel lush and layered. The contemporary architecture and two-toned decking add visual interest, while the landscaping adds height and privacy to the outdoor space.
A wood pergola provides welcome shade for this raised patio, which houses lounge chairs for enjoying the great outdoors. The patio's stone walls are softened by hanging plants and thoughtful landscaping at every turn.
Turn to landscape timbers for an easy DIY lawn edging that keeps grass from invading planting areas. To install, you’ll need to dig down a few inches to create a stable footing for the timbers. To help timbers last longer, it’s a good idea to add a layer of landscape fabric topped with gravel between the timber and soil. Nestle timbers into soil as deeply as you want, but try to keep them raised at least a few inches to create a grass-proof barrier. Use a wider timber (6 inches minimum) if you’re stacking timbers and want them to serve as seating.
Eaves frame this home's view of the smartly landscaped backyard. Raised planters house trees and small plants that complement the landscaping, while the planters' rusted-metal look adds extra personality to the yard.