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Backyard ideas: How to transform your garden into a little piece of heaven

Practical and fine - Garden in the city with a gazebo
Practical and fine - Garden in the city with a gazebo

Spring is here, and with the joyful weather upon us, people are already headed to their backyards to enjoy the beautiful scent of waking blooms and soak up the sun. This means that now is the time to embellish your outdoor scenery. Besides, wouldn’t you want a little piece of heaven away from the hustle and bustle of the city? No matter the size of your backyard, you would be surprised and amazed by how much you can actually transform your garden with these backyard ideas, with just a little bit of effort and these handy tips!

What’s so great about spending time in the garden?

The best thing about taking care of your garden is that literally everyone can benefit from it, and here is why:

Practical and fine - patio garden backyard furniture
Photo by @junkii

An amazing workout

Here’s some good news for those who aren’t big fans of jogging or spending time at the gym: taking care of your garden counts as workout. No, really! A lot of different muscle groups are being activated when you work in the garden. You wouldn’t believe how much energy and calories your body actually spends. Whether it’s your shoulders and arms when digging, the legs while pushing a lawnmower or your wrists and fingers while weeding and planting – your body is always in motion. Besides, when you carry bags with compost, or cans full of water, it’s nearly the same as lifting weights at the gym.

Stress relief

When you try to focus on a certain task, such as planting, weeding or deadheading, your body requires concentration. This means that you instantly leave your worries and problems aside because gardening consumes you, and provides your body with tranquility. Talk about living in the moment!

Tip: Try to leave your phone in the house, and give yourself a break from time to time.

Family bonding

It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager or an elder, there is something for everyone to do in the garden. Mowing the lawn, planting, deadheading, or simply sitting and relaxing in the garden, are just a few of the things you can do (hammock optional!). Not to mention those birthday celebrations, sunsets or warm evenings that can be spent in your outdoor area with your closest ones – priceless moments.

Practical and fine - Garden celebration lunch party
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Build self-confidence

Take a sip of your first cup of coffee in the morning, open the door to your garden and see the results of your work while inhaling a fresh morning breeze. That is what will fill you with pride and great satisfaction. All that time spent in your little piece of heaven will result in a magical scenery anyone would be proud of.

Express your creativity

Your garden is the perfect place where you can unleash your inner creativity. You can go wild with colours, landscaping features, style and shape your garden any way you want, the array of backyard ideas is limitless. It’s your choice and you have the absolute freedom to stamp your personality in your outdoor area.

Attract wildlife

If you take good care of your garden, you will start noticing various kinds of birds and butterflies inhabiting your yard. Enjoy every second of it because attracting birds can bring many benefits to you and your garden.

bird bath
Photo by Scott Johnson

It’s simply good for the soul

Nowadays we are so occupied with everyday chores, always in a rush, living a busy life, that we seem to forget to stop and recollect the importance of connecting with nature. Through gardens, we create a bond with the land and nature. They remind us that nature needs time to grow and blossom and that waiting patiently for that to happen will be rewarded twice as much. Transforming your garden into a little piece of heaven provides you with the perfect contrast to the fast-paced world in which most of us live. Whenever you want to relax and feel calm, you can take a walk around your garden.

How can I revitalize my garden?

There are many ways to transform your garden into a wonderful landscape pleasant for the eye and mind. The most important thing is to remember that furniture, ornaments and plants add another dimension to your backyard and provide it with a year-long appeal. Here are some backyard ideas:

Practical and fine - Green rattan patio furniture with plants and ornaments decoration
Photo by Tracie Hall

Patio furniture

Patio furniture is certainly one of the first things that most people will look for when designing their outdoor area. And if you are wondering why, the answer is simple: you want to be able to relax and sit comfortably on a furniture that fits both your taste and the needs of your family. And if you are ready for a step further, you might consider these ideas as a part of your patio furniture:

  • Hammock: ideal for a nap in the evening, or the perfect place to read your favourite book and relax. They come in different colours, so if you are feeling bold, go for a colour that contrasts with the rest of the furniture.
  • Backyard tent or parasol: a great way to provide additional shade to your backyard. What is great about this feature is that you can actually plan dinners and celebrations in your backyard without the fear that it will all be spoiled by rain.
  • Swing: If you opt for an outdoor swing, make sure it is rust-resistant and comfortable, since you will want to have it ‘forever’.
  • Pillows: extremely comfortable, decorative and convenient, these pillows will perfectly fit with your bohemian-decorated garden. However, you should bear in mind that they require certain care. For example, the colour of the fabric might fade within time from the sun light, and you should consider spraying them with a waterproof spray in case it rains.

Tip: It is really important to remember that taking care of your backyard is ‘an ongoing project’. That is why you should bear in mind to opt for durable, waterproof furniture that can resist the temperatures of each season of the year.

Water features

Adding water to your garden is one of the best backyard ideas you could use. Whether it is a small pond, waterfall or simply a birdbath, adding water to your backyard will turn it into an enchanting oasis. Whatever water feature you may choose, it will represent an excellent addition to your outdoor space.

Dress up the entrance

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ they say, but what if sometimes you should? A perfectly-styled garden entrance will make passers-by wonder if the inside of the garden is even more magical. If nothing, it might inspire your neighbours to use your backyard ideas and revitalize their gardens as well. Colour the fence, plant roses or you can even consider covering the sides of the entrance with ivy if you want to hide your secret garden from the curious looks of your neighbours.

Garden Entrance
Photo by Peter Mason

Add grill

They come in different sizes, so you can opt for a smaller or a bigger grill for your next barbeque party. If you are a fan of the smoky, grilled flavour of meat, then you should consider this feature as a must.

Take lighting to a whole new level

Many backyards are most romantic after dark, and the reason for this isn’t only the wonderful glow of the moon, but because of the proper garden lighting as well. Here are a few ideas on how to add charm to your outdoor heaven by using lighting:

  • Candles
  • Lanterns
  • Electric lights

The importance of plants

They come in different shapes, colours and sizes. They play a crucial role in your garden because plants are what makes your garden alive. Plants are one of the key factors to attract wildlife and the ones that you constantly need to take care of if you want your garden to look like a beautiful oasis. Besides, they improve the quality of your life. Here are some ideas on how to showcase your plant collection:

Practical and fine - potted succulent plants
Photo by Cassandra Lavalle
  • Pots: You can choose between a variety of materials, sizes and decorations for your flower pots. Placing two big ceramic pots in a bold color will add to the grandeur of your home. You can also repurpose old containers as pots, and let your imagination run free while decorating them.
  • Vertical garden: Who says you have to own a big outdoor area to enjoy flowers and greenery? You can create a vertical garden, and don’t worry, it is much easier than you think.
Practical and fine - flower pots on a white wall
Photo by Roberto

Are you ready to transform your backyard into the garden you have always wanted?

Spring is already here, and now is the time to use these backyard ideas to turn your garden into a relaxing heaven. Maximise your backyard’s comfort and challenge your creativity while choosing the seating solutions and practical pieces. Decorating the outdoor space can turn out to be a really fun and exciting process, and it has its benefits as well. Plus, who says you need to spend a lot of time and resources to decorate your garden? With the right furniture, plants and ornaments, it has got the potential to become one of your home’s most charming and stylish areas.

Practical and fine - big garden with flowers and tables ready for celebration
Photo by Gellinger

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