Sit back, relax, and be inspired by these beautiful backyards created for resting and enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of nature.
There aren’t many things more relaxing than the sound of moving water, so why not have it in your backyard? Here, a small stream outlines a patio area, creating an almost island-like feel. Large rocks dot the patio’s perimeter for added interest.
Stepping stones leading to an open gate beckon visitors through this beautifully landscaped backyard. Benches along the path offer the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the vibrant colors and floral scents.
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A hefty pergola makes a bold statement in this backyard and helps define the outdoor eating area. Painting the pergola white gives it a greater visual presence against all the greenery and the natural wood fence in the background, while flowers add a pop of color.
Have a stunning view? Enjoy it that much more by building a shelter for shade and protection from the elements. Here, two rocking chairs combine with containers of colorful flowers to offer a perfect spot to sit and watch the sunset at the end of a long day.
This backyard offers many ways to relax and cool off on a hot summer day: reading under the shaded pergola, eating a casual meal under the oversized umbrella, or taking a dip in the pool. A combination of natural and man-made elements gives the space high-end luxury with a touch of rustic.
The focal point of this backyard, the fountain, isn’t the only thing the backyard has to offer. It also features an outdoor cooking area, a fireplace, several seating areas, and beautiful landscaping.
For some people, order offers relaxation. This backyard is all about order: Perfectly manicured hedges in a symmetrical arrangement surround a large planter filled with flowers. A bench flanked by a pair of sconces is the perfect spot to sit and take it all in.
Sliding patio doors open directly to this beautifully landscaped and easily accessible backyard. Conveniently sited a few steps from the door, a pergola covered with climbing vines offers a peaceful, private, and shady spot for an outdoor meal.
Green plantings serve as the artwork in this simple outdoor space. Vines climb over the pergola to shade the eating area, which is complete with a simple metal patio set. Green cushions on the chairs tie in with their surroundings, and potted shrubs dot the perimeter.
A nature-lover’s dream, this backyard has it all: pleasing sights, scents, and sounds. A babbling brook featuring small waterfalls curves its way through bright and fragrant flowers. A tall birdhouse adds height and offers an invitation for pretty birds to add even more color and visual interest.
If you have the luxury of space for a large patio area in your backyard, consider creating more than one seating area. Whether pulling a chair close to the fire on a cool evening or sunbathing on a lounge chair on a lazy summer afternoon, these homeowners have a backyard they will enjoy well into the future.
In this backyard, circular beds of lush plantings extend out from a tall bird bath in the center. Perfect for bird-watching or enjoying the colors of nature, the backyard has a natural meadow-like quality to it. A bright white potting shed and pergola blend in beautifully.