If you are an avid gardener or you just want to try your hand at it, the backyard is a perfect place to design a great looking garden. Backyard garden design can be less formal than that in the front yard. People use their backyards for leisure activities such as lounging around a pool or grilling on the backyard deck. It is only natural that you want to enhance the look of your surroundings and a backyard garden can do just that.
Gardening with shade can be a little tricky but with the right plants it can also be very successful. Many homes have a lot of shade in the backyard so a little research may be in order. Gardening with shade requires plants that do not require a lot of sun. One such plant is the hosta. This plant will grow well in shady areas and will come back each year. Hosta can be used as a ground cover and it comes in many shades of green. A mixture of this type plant can provide a lot of interest to your backyard garden design.
Shade trees will allow some sunlight to filter through so you can take advantage of this by mixing plants that are shade tolerant with those which require sun. Mark the spots which get the sunlight and place appropriate plants in that area. Take advantage of tree root areas by planting smaller plants that do not require a lot of depth to grow.
An English cottage backyard landscaping design can add romance and intimacy to your backyard garden. You can design your garden to actually be an outdoor room which is an extension of your deck. The English cottage landscape design never goes out of style and provides a colorful place to relax and enjoy your own yard. You can enhance your design with yard ornaments and sculptures or concrete. Decorative birdhouses are also pretty and functional. Having birds and butterflies in your garden will add to the charm and appeal of the English design.
Your backyard gardening landscaping beauty does not have to come to an end at the close of summer. Cooler weather which comes with fall can be a great time to be outdoors. When planning your garden you can always choose plants that will last through the fall and into the first part of winter. Many plants that have green foliage in the summer months will turn into brightly colored combinations in the fall months. Plants which have variegated colors are often spectacular in the fall. With the correct placement, your backyard garden beauty can actually be more impressive in the fall than in the summer.
If you want to keep your backyard garden in tip top shape you will need to prune and weed on a fairly regular basis. Pruning back in late fall will allow for new growth in the spring. You also might want to add some annuals in the spring to spruce up the look and provide some spring color. Once spring is over and the heat of summer arrives these will disappear and you can add other plants which will tolerate the heat. Alternating annuals in with your perennials will give your backyard garden a fresh look for all of the seasons.
Ponds, backyard water features, tropical plants, figurines and lighting are all features that can be incorporated into your backyard garden designs.