5 backyard landscaping ideas: pictures of parterre gardens, a unique water feature, ideas for creating a focal point in the home landscape, tips for using curved lines, color and garden art.
Handmade water feature made from a pail suspended over a bed of river rocks surrounded by clipped balls of Plumbago.
A backyard water feature can be as individual as you are and can be scaled to fit the available space. You can purchase a ready made fountain or design and construct your own.
A simple design like the one in the image above will still make a big impact on your backyard landscape design.
The owners of this home constructed this pool and fountain from stones they found on the property.
Box parterres filled with white roses in the backyard of a South African home.
Parterres make a garden seem formal and organized. Something about coralling plants inside beds bordered by low, clipped hedges appeals to our sense of order.
The beds in the image above are square but they do not have to be. Parterres can be clipped into any shape or pattern you desire.
The parterre has been pruned so as to be wider at the bottom than at the top. This pruning method insures that light touches every leaf and prevents dieback.
A grape arbor stretches across the back porch, framing the door.
Here, rectangular parterres filled with Delphiniums and foxgloves adorn a deep, narrow yard. The wooden bench at the far end of the gravel path makes a nicer focal point than the wall it sits in front of and gives weary visitors a comfortable place to rest.
Using spiky plants or a mixture of species keeps these formal beds from seeming too fussy and precise. For a more elegant display, fill each bed with a single species.
There are natural and man made focal points. A natural focal point is any point to which the eye is naturally drawn. Find these by looking at your backyard from the vantage points from which it is most often viewed: your kitchen window, back porch or deck, etc.
These natural focal points are the best positions in which to place man made focal points.
A man made focal point is any beautiful or interesting object or planting you have positioned so as to draw the viewer's eye to a particular part of the garden.
In the image above, the Japanese tea house is the focal point.
Any number of items from a sculpture to a flowering tree may be pressed into service. Just remember that the landscape surrounding the focal point should match its style and enhance it.
For instance, the tea house above would be out of place in an English cottage garden, but a doll house-styled potting shed would fit right in.
View from the back patio onto the curvaceous lawn.
There are several good backyard landscaping ideas at play on this property:
This bright feature wall acts as a backdrop for the homeowners garden art and succulent plant collection. It is a beautiful expression of individualism and creativity in the landscape.
Being a personal rather than a public space, the backyard is the perfect place to experiment with bold color combinations or quirky art objects. You can relax and be your true self as few people aside from members of your own household are likely to view it.