Looking for new inspiration on how to spruce up your backyard this year? Boy, have come to the right place. Below you will find some of the top backyard landscaping ideas of 2020.
With any one of the following ideas, you can bring a bit of creativity to your outdoor space, making it a more enjoyable and lively for both you and your guests. Check out our top 6 backyard landscaping ideas and get the inspiration you need to spruce up your backyard space today!
Stone Wall with Tiers
There you go. A huge stone retaining wall with varying tiers. If you really want to create a wow(!) factor in your backyard, this is the way to do it. Albeit it is a bigger project than most, requiring you to dig up and reshape your backyard, but it makes quite the statement and is well worth the effort.
Opt for stones that you like and that will suit the overall feel and atmosphere of your backyard. You will want to have at least two tiers for the right effect, but you can do more if you would like to add even more dimension. This means that you will need to do a little land grading with fill dirt.
After you have the wall built, select which flowers you want to put in each tier. You might want to use just one or two colors per tier, alternating between tiers or you may just prefer to mix it up altogether. There are several options. Whatever you choose, this design makes a real statement in your backyard and will last for quite some time.
Flower Bed with Patterned Colors
This is one of the simplest backyard landscaping ideas but it still creates quite an interesting look in your backyard. For this project, you will want to make sure you select the right spot for your flower bed. We suggest one either wrapped around your house or around a row of trees if you want to get the effect just right.
You will need to do a bit of land grading and ensure the ground is nice and level before you get started. This is because you are creating a pattern, and in order to get the right effect, you want to make sure you are starting on a level surface.
Next, make sure you fill the designated area with flowers. The effect of this design relies on the area being really full, if not overflowing. Decide the pattern you would like and select your colors accordingly. For example, we have always admired having one strip of a light-colored flowers at the edge of the flower bed, with another, darker colored flower inside it. The look is clean and sharp and only requires you to purchase two different colored flowers.
Multi-colored Walking Path
A pathway can really create a new dimension to any backyard space and can be functional as well. With a multi-colored stone path, you can create an eye-catching design using the colors you like. You will likely need some outside help with this project both in making sure the ground is level to lay the stones and in laying the stones themselves.
You may also want to add a design on the outside of the path which a professional can also help you do. We like a nice, clean concrete edge along the pathway but there are several options from which you can choose. You could even do a flower bed that extends the full length of the stone path.
You can choose just about any size or shape of pond for your backyard space. If you have a smaller space to work with, there are plenty of small pond options. Likewise, you can make your garden pond much larger if you want to increase the eye-catching nature of this backyard landscaping idea. You can then accent the pond however you like. For example, you can try adding multi-colored stones inside the pond or you can run a flower border all along the outside of it.
A rock border is a small investment that gives you a very unique look, especially given that you can use virtually any rock design you would like. Simply dig a small trench, ensuring that it is even, and fill it however you would like with the stones of your choosing. We always suggest making sure the area is very full if you want to get the full effect possible with this backyard idea.
Raised garden beds can add dimension to virtually any size backyard but and do not require a huge investment of time or resources. Moreover, they give you just the right amount of color pop and allow you to choose any flowers you would like. Simply raise the area using some fill dirt, top it with topsoil, and get planting!
Using raised beds as backyard landscaping ideas does not end with raised flower beds. You can choose this same design with an herb garden or vegetable and fruit garden. The process is the same but more functional. You get to enjoy whatever it is you choose to grow while also adding some interesting dimension to your backyard.
More Backyard Landscaping Ideas
The possibilities for creating a new look in your backyard are truly endless! While this list is not exhaustive (check out last year’s too), we suggest you reach out to Dirt Connections if you need some more inspiration on ways to build a new look for your outdoor space. Not only can you get great landscaping ideas, but Dirt Connections can also schedule you for a free fill dirt delivery for your next Northern VA backyard land grading project, as well.