For shade in this backyard, there are a cherry tree and a wood pergola; the pergola also acts as the main focal point. All around the border, plants soften the more industrial look of the concrete patio.
Landscape designers for this backyard paid careful attention to the plants' texture and size. Thin, narrow bamboo is used as a privacy screen, as well as an existing cherry tree. Succulents and perennials bring in color.
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home. This thoughtfully designed backyard is an excellent example. Here, a Douglas fir pergola provides structure over the back patio, while the composite decking connects the entries of the house acting as an outdoor hallway.