Landscape Design Photos

Beautiful landscape design photos to give you ideas to use at your house. A large lawn divided into outdoor rooms. Small yard landscaping. A terraced backyard and a colorful shrub garden.


Landscaping a Yard with a Large Lawn

One way of handling a large lawn is to divide it up into a series of outdoor rooms as has been done here.  Low shrubs and tall, columnar evergreens act as room dividers.

Terraced backyard of a Tudor-style home.

This terraced backyard is a perfect example of how to landscape on sloping ground.

View from the steps to the patio at the end of the lawn.

This home also features a large backyard which has been divided into different parts, each designed for a specific use.  Its central feature is an expansive rectangle of grass.

A lawn this size can earn its keep in many ways:

  • weddings and receptions could be staged here
  • family reunions could be hosted
  • dogs could run to their hearts' content
  • children could play touch football
Patio and deck at the far end of the lawn.

The dining area and sun deck are divided, not only by the wooden arch between them, but by the different types of "flooring" underneath them.

View of the landscape from the dining patio.

Unless you have a butler, think carefully before siting a dining area this far from the house.  How often will it really be used?

More dining and seating space near the pool.

Here, it works because there is another "dining room" on the pool deck which is much closer to the house.

Closer view of the raised beds.

Each tier is devoted to a different foliage color which, when viewed from a distance, creates the effect of stripes.

Boxed shrubs visually soften the steps.  This technique can only be safely used where the staircase is wide enough to accommodate the planters or pots while still leaving plenty of uncluttered space for foot traffic.

Notice the elevated "fort" in the left hand corner.  What child doesn't want one of these?


Color Your World with Foliage

A backyard shrub garden.

Most landscapes rely much too heavily on flowers to furnish the desired color scheme. 

This is a mistake.

Foliage plants are much more reliable sources of garden color.  The landscape design photo above is proof of this.

Golden, green, and glaucous bushes fill the beds and borders with a year round display of color and texture.  Many of the shrubs here are natural dwarfs.  Others are kept compact with pruning.

The majority are evergreen.  A few (the Japanese maples, for instance) are not.

A vine blankets the brick wall of the house.  I'm not sure what kind this is but, in my yard, Virginia Creeper grows easily and turns bright red each fall.

Japanese Maple - Bloodgood

False Cypress - Golden Mop

Japanese Maple - Bloodgood

View of the garden from the upstairs rooms of the house.

A shapely swatch of emerald lawn provides the negative space necessary to keep this adorable landscape from descending into chaos.

The pale patio is perfect for this garden.  The more typical gray slate would have been too similar to the blue foliage of some of the evergreens and would have failed to make this design pop like the pale slate does.


Small Yard Landscape Design Photos

Every inch of space in the small backyard has been used to its best advantage.  Grass, concrete, and wood divide the space into three functional and attractive rooms.

The concrete patio nearest the house provides seating and dining space. The wood deck in the middle could be pressed into service as a dance floor if a party thrown by the homeowner were to flow out into the yard.

The lawn is a resilient surface for children and pets to play on.

Surrounding the whole with privacy fencing makes it feel like a cozy oasis.

Here, a slightly larger yard has been laid out in curves.  A curved brick path links the landscape to the house and leads to a circular dining patio.

Over by the fence, a gazebo provides covered seating.  Between it and the greenhouse which mimics its shape, raised beds house the family's vegetable garden.

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