Backyard Flower Garden Designs

October 16, 2019
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Gardens are among the most sought-after outdoor design elements overall, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects' 2013 Residential Design Trends Survey. The ASLA asked residential landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of outdoor design elements for the year and gardens are a front-runner at 94%. Proof that the local food movement is gaining traction? The survey also predicts an increase in people opting for fruit and vegetable gardens (76.4% popularity) and that organic gardens are becoming more in-demand (up to 65.3% versus 61.2% in the 2011 survey).

Fire Pits: Burning Up the Charts

The popularity of gardens may seem a bit predictable. The real breakout stars of the ASLA survey are fire pits (like this one built by Carter Oosterhouse) and fireplaces at 97% popularity. They're so hot, they just edged out our next fiery feature...

Grills: Your Backyard BBQ HQs

Grills may have been beaten by fire pits in this popularity contest, but they aren't going anywhere. Sure, you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a pit, but for flame-broiled burgers? You gotta fire up that grill.

Hardscapes: A Lush Landscape's Perfect Partner

Homeowners and landscaping experts agree: work one or more of the types of hardscape into your backyard for a professionally planned look. Stacked stone retaining walls, paver patios and meandering pathways are just a few of the hottest hardscapes to try. Learn more about these durable outdoor surfaces.

Outdoor Dining Areas: Alfresco, Elevated

Dining areas are a must-have outdoor living feature lately, at 96.3% popularity. After all, everything tastes better when enjoyed in the great outdoors. To ensure maximum comfort, choose comfortable chairs with durable cushions so dinner guests will linger for coffee and conversation.

Decks: Taking Living Outdoors

Extending your home's indoor living space into the backyard, decks are a must-have for many homeowners and pros alike with an 80.9% rating. For a low-maintenance surface that will stand the test of time, opt for composite materials over traditional wood.

Arbors: Stylish Structures

Arbors are looking especially attractive right now at 83.5% popularity. They're a romantic touch in gardens, and as this example shows, excellent at providing transitions between two spaces.

Pergolas: Made In the Shade

Part of pergolas' popularity (81.6%) is that they provide structure and shade yet still manage to feel open and airy. offers a triple-threat here with a pergola, outdoor dining room and fire pit — in the same yard!

Hot Tubs: Take a Dip

Spa features, such as hot tubs, whirlpools and saunas, are among the most popular outdoor recreation amenities, at 81.5% popularity. And, it's easy to see why - who wouldn't want to sink into this beauty at the end of a long day?

Container Gardens: The Perfect Small Space Solution

Apartment dwellers, rejoice! You too can enjoy an outdoor space that's beautiful and provides you with fresh flowers and fruits or veggies - you just have to contain it. Experts anticipate that the popularity of container gardening will continue to rise as food costs increase and more and more urbanites embrace the benefits of going organic.

Play Structures: Kid Tested, Mother Approved

Backyards are a kid's best friend. Play structures like treehouses, swing sets or this seesaw from a backyard featured on can provide hours of fun for children, which may explain their relatively high popularity rate (56.3%) amongst other outoor structures in the survey.

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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