Ready to revamp your front or back-yard garden? You don't always need a sky-high budget, a sprawling space, or unfamiliar materials to make an impact. These clever garden design ideas will help you add more interest to your landscape, and make it easier to maintain, too! The creative vision of a good designer or landscape architect can be invaluable if you want to make big changes to your garden. If you’re faced with a flat, rectangular patch, you might be surprised at how radically different it could look with a little imagination.
Check out the before and after photos of some of the most dramatic, surprising, and creative garden ideas and transformations, and let them fuel ideas for your own space. Backyard makeovers are creative and fun to do, and they transform more of your property into usable space. Entertain guests, let your pets roam, or enjoy your private outdoor space in solitude. Keep it basic with new grass and a fire pit, or scale it up with elaborate hardscaping, decks, and water features. Whatever you desire, you can accomplish with a backyard makeover. Start with a goal that helps you come up with an overall plan for your backyard makeover.
The most favorable time to begin your backyard makeover runs from late spring to early fall, in most areas. But it all depends on what you're doing. For one, concrete is temperature-sensitive; generally, you will want temperatures to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Bricks and pavers can be laid at any time of the year, as long as the ground is soft enough for you to dig several inches down. Many homeowners choose to accelerate their backyard makeovers, pushing them into those less-than-favorable months, so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labors in spring and summer. Below, we narrowed down our top 7 before and after garden decoration.
1. Planting flowers
You can turn a space that is filled with useless grasses and ground cover into a magnificent flowery garden! You can remove all the unnecessary grass and plant all the flowers that appeal to you and that release charming scents.
2. Adding a grapevine
Grape vines add so much to your garden. Whether in winter, summer, or any other season of the year, vines are always wonderful and look gorgeous!
Painting has always been an embellishment, as it possesses a transformative feature to everything it hits! Whether painting raised beds or wooden chairs, or anything you have in your garden, we can assure you that it will pay off!
4. Sheet mulching
Have you ever created a garden using sheet mulching with cardboard? In permaculture, sheet mulching is an agricultural no-dig gardening technique that attempts to mimic the natural soil-building process in forests. When deployed properly and in combination with other permaculture principles, it can generate healthy, productive, and low-maintenance ecosystems!
Pathways are simply delightful! However, the size and shape of a pathway may differ according to your needs and comfort. For example, circular wooden steppers offer a softer, more natural feel, but beware that they can get slippery in wet weather. That’s why it would be better to switch to rectangular or square steppers, especially if you have elderly parents or grandparents at home.
What a difference plants make to a home entrance! When choosing plants, it would be a good idea to consider the backdrop which you are putting them in front of, for example, the color of your house’s outer walls. You can also use contrasting colors and a lively palette of orange and purple to create an energetic and lively small garden, like in the picture below.
You can also simply change the material and texture of the already set items in your garden. Revamping your raising beds’ wood, repainting the metal cylinders and conduits will give a fresh look to your garden.
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March 28, 2023
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