This small-ish but gorgeous back yard has a little bit of everything -- a concrete patio area with Adirondak-style chairs, a tiered lawn and a wood deck in the background. Multiple flower beds -- plus potted plants and native trees -- ensure nature is the primary design element in the outdoor space.
Consider benches instead of individual seats for backyard dining areas. This dining set, designed to hold a large group, sits nicely on this small backyard patio and blends well with the divider privacy fence and landscaping plan.
This small backyard is high on color and sustainability. An eclectic mix of materials that include block walls, ornamental pea gravel, flagstone and boulders makes for an exciting and sustainable design.
This backyard sanctuary was designed to be a peaceful retreat as well as the perfect spot for entertaining. A small cedar pergola provides shade, while tempered glass panels offer privacy. A grill, small outdoor refrigerator, and sink and concrete countertops make meal prep a breeze.
This small backyard marries grand designs and clean lines, drawing from the modern blue colors of the main home. Square pavers outline the space, from the pristine plunge pool to the custom pergola and fire pit for two.
This backyard features a circular walkway that leads to a small grove of orange trees. A patio set enjoys the lush views beside a stone retaining wall. A mix of low shrubs and tall trees creates dimension in the landscape design.
This backyard sanctuary was designed to be a peaceful space for grilling, dining, entertaining, drinking and relaxing. The space features a grill, outdoor refrigerator, concrete counters, a bar area, outdoor furniture, a small cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and a fire pit.
This comely garden setting in this small home's backyard shows how careful planning can produce an outstanding design. K&D Landscape Management used unusual wood fencing material for the pergola and to line the perimeter of the yard and added colorful small and large scale plants for balance and interest. A well-conceived lighting plan, as seen here, produces a dramatic effect.
Inspired by Spanish and Mexican design, this Dallas, Tex., home was made for entertaining large crowds and small family gatherings. The backyard pool is surrounded by curvy patios, lush plantings and a rock water feature, all which blend seamlessly together to create a restful retreat.
A fountain doesn't always need to be the center of attention in a patio. A small fountain or pond can be added to a corner and enhance the ambience with its soothing sounds. The landscape plan for this backyard in Edina, Minn., is by Southview Design.
Even small urban spaces can incorporate water features. This Minneapolis backyard is only 27-by-64 feet, but the landscape plan by Southview Design carved out space for a water fountain created with slabs of stacked New York bluestone. The overall yard won an award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Roses, butterfly bush, Japanese maple and a vine-swathed fence give this patio privacy and create a bright oasis for the backyard. Landscape designer Pam Berstler used four redwood posts and decomposed granite flooring to define a sitting area within the small garden.
Cory Jorgensen designed this swimming pool waterfall feature to compliment the levels of this tiered backyard. The pool flows over the side landing in a smaller pool section with concrete tile stepping stones. The natural rock exterior of the waterfall, and retaining wall sections, are a nice contrast to the bright, healthy green coloring of the grass and shrubs.