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With warmer temperatures and sunnier skies, the great outdoors in your own backyard may be beckoning for a bit of an update. So whether you plan to update for outdoor entertaining or as a tranquil getaway check out these 5 exciting trends in landscape design to help plan your backyard oasis:

Landscape Design - Salvia Flowers and Rock Retaining Wall at a Residential Home.

Landscape Design Idea No. 1:

Create a relaxing atmosphere with water features. Consider a strategically placed waterfall to help provide a soothing escape, reflecting pools to capture clouds rolling by or even a Koi Pond to add a touch of whimsy.

Landscape Design - Beautifully landscaped waterfall and koi pond.

Landscape Design Idea No. 2:

Add bright pops of color to your garden with the addition of vibrant bright purple hyacinths, lavender verbena, sunny milkweed, hot pink azaleas and other similarly hued flowers. An added benefit is that these spectacular shades attract hummingbirds, pollinating bees and butterflies.

Landscape Design - Beautiful, colorful landscape design with a variety of plants and flowers.

Landscape Design Idea No. 3: Native Plants

Consider including native plants and xeriscaping to help conserve resources and save money- especially during dry spells.

Landscape Design - Manmade headwaters begin the stream flowing thru drought-resistant xeriscape landscape.

Landscape Design Idea No. 4:

Construct a gazebo or pergola to be used for multiple uses such as entertaining, relaxing, dining al fresco or for even toasting s’mores. Don’t forget to select durable outdoor furniture in fun colors to finish the look.

Landscape Design - Example of patio arrangement. Natural character of the site into the design, including a pergola.

Landscape Design Idea No. 5:

After a long day at the office, retreat to the sanctuary of your own backyard by creating a Zen Garden. Shown to reduce stress and help with reflection, a garden employing Feng Shui techniques adds joy and harmony to any landscape design project.

Landscape Design- Backyard designed with a natural flow to help offer a tranquil setting.

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Do you have other landscape project ideas for updating your yard this year? We’d love to see them, please share below:

 

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