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Create a Relaxing Backyard With These 5 Landscape Enhancements

Jack Moore
Jul 6, 2023 12:43:29 PM

If you’re looking to turn your backyard into a personal oasis…that is, a place where you can really relax and enjoy your own yard…then you might be looking for relaxing backyard ideas. There’s nothing more enjoyable than being able to spend time in your own backyard without having to drive anywhere. You can simply walk outside into your own paradise.

In other words, you just want to be able to kick back and unwind so that you can enjoy your property to the fullest.

Creating a relaxing backyard is all about knowing what features and amenities might make your landscape more enjoyable. We’ve rounded up some of our best relaxing backyard landscaping ideas to give you a good starting point.

Relaxing Backyard Ideas

Regardless of your yard’s size or location, these are some ideas that can help make it more relaxing and enjoyable.

#1: Add a Water Feature

Decorative water features not only add aesthetic appeal but they also provide a sense of blissful relaxation. People find the sound of running water soothing and relaxing. 

Backyard Waterfall with boulders and plantings

If you live in a busy community or near a road where there are frequent other noises, a backyard water feature can also help drown out those sounds and transport you to a place of relaxation.

There are a lot of backyard water feature ideas, depending on what you’re looking for.

For example, an overflowing urn, a stacked stone fountain, or a spilling bowl are smaller options if you don’t have an expansive yard or you’re just looking for something on the smaller side. 

Ecosystem Pond water feature

A larger option is a pondless waterfall. Pondless waterfalls create the look of a waterfall but without a big pool of water. These are actually “fountains” in the way that they operate. The water gets drawn back in and reused continuously in an endless cycle. It creates the look of a pond without all the maintenance involved.

#2: Incorporate Colorful Flowers

Nothing quite adds to the aesthetic appeal and enjoyment of your property like beautiful flowers. When it comes to making sure that you get the most out of your flower design, it helps to work with a landscape professional.

colorful flowers and palm trees

Having a few flowers “here or there” is ultimately not going to give you that wow factor that you’re looking for. In fact, planting flowers without a lot of thought given to the layout can start to look scattered and messy—like there was no rhyme or reason to where you put them. A landscaping pro can help get the layout just right.

If you don’t have a landscape bed to incorporate colorful flowers, you might consider adding one. Or, you could also go with a container garden. These can be added anywhere that you want to brighten up your property and add a sense of enjoyment and relaxation.

People love adding container gardens to their porches, decks, and patios. They add appeal in a relatively simple way (without making a huge investment). 

flowers in container garden and landscape bed

As you think about what flowers to add to your property, you might also think about fragrance. Flowers not only provide that visual component but they can also provide a relaxing smell. Choose scents that will make you feel like you’re at a spa retreat or lounging on a tropical vacation!

A landscaper with horticultural expertise can help you make the best plant selections for your Northern Texas home.

#3: Add Comfortable Seating

When it comes to creating a relaxing backyard, you also want to have plenty of comfortable seating. While this isn’t exactly an enhancement project that we can help with, we think it’s important to mention that the proper furniture definitely goes a long way in getting the most out of your relaxing space.

Whether it’s a couch, a lounge chair, or a chaise, you want a place where you can sit or lie down and relax. 

plantings and sculpture near patio with seating

Some people also like the idea of adding a hammock to their backyard. If you have colorful flowers or a relaxing water feature, these would be a great area to add a hammock so that you can enjoy the enhancements even more.

#4: Illuminate your Outdoor Living Area with Landscape Lighting

Chances are if you are putting in the effort of creating a relaxing backyard, you want to be able to enjoy that space as often as possible. Landscape lighting can go a long way in helping you enjoy your space well into the evening hours.

pool and patio with landscape lighting

When a home’s exterior is well-lit, your outdoor areas suddenly become usable even in the nighttime hours. With the right lighting, you will find yourself spending (and enjoying) more time outside.

Outdoor lighting can also boost your property’s aesthetic appeal. Great lighting is like an art. You can light up your water features and landscape in a way that makes them beautiful and enjoyable in the evening hours. Suddenly you’ll find yourself in a relaxing oasis where you can lounge after dinner.

#5: Make Sure You Have Privacy

When creating a relaxing backyard, you also want to make sure that you have some privacy. When you picture chilling out in your yard, you probably don’t imagine the neighbors seeing your every move.

shrubs and flowers near home

A landscape professional can help you create privacy with certain privacy screening plants. Plants that grow dense and thick and cannot be easily “seen through” make great choices for privacy screening. The strategic placement of these plants is also important when creating your private oasis.

Making a Wise Choice with Relaxing Backyard Landscaping in North Texas

The key to getting the most out of any of these relaxing backyard ideas is working with a landscape professional who can steer you in the right direction for your property.

Sometimes homeowners think of small to mid-level size projects (like some of the examples mentioned) as something they can go the “DIY route.” But when push comes to shove, do you really have the time or desire to get involved in a landscaping project? Your weekends are likely already busy and the last thing you want to do is fill them with work.

Not only that but oftentimes these projects are more involved than homeowners realize. They might assume that something like installing some flowers is a simple task but once they get into it, they may start to wish they’d just left it up to a pro. If you truly want professional-looking results, it makes sense to go that route.

After all, your goal is to make your property more relaxing. If you start tackling ideas and things go awry, you’ll soon be more stressed than relaxed!

But when you choose a landscaping professional to incorporate these enhancements, your only job will be to relax and enjoy them.

At Grassperson, serving Flower Mound, TX and nearby towns, we understand that you have better things to do with your time than getting involved in a landscaping project. By making the wise choice to work with a pro, you can sit back and relax while you watch your beautiful new landscape take shape.

Ready to have a truly impressive Northern Texas yard? Get in touch with us so we can talk about some enhancements that might work best for your unique property in or around Flower Mound, TX.

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