Today's backyards are a whole lot different from what they were 50 years ago. Who would of ever thought of putting a kitchen outdoors, lighting up the landscape or having a gazebo with a hot tub or even a sun room. Backyard landscaping has made all the difference. Backyard landscaping focuses more on usable living space than in the front and other areas of your property. The front yard landscape generally centers on appearance and appeal, while the back is for living, entertaining, enjoying, and where privacy is most generally an issue. These days, backyards are being built to become the home away from home getaway. It is a place to create outdoor rooms that fit in with your lifestyle and add useable outdoor living space to your home.
Your backyard landscaping project should begin with a question of necessity. What elements are necessary such as access, travel, walk ways, utilities, pets, walls, fences and so on? You need to start with a site analysis and by becoming familiar with the principles of landscape design. Height will be used to hide or accent an existing boundary such as a fence, used to create the boundaries, or used to create rooms and spaces. Give your backyard landscaping some thought as to how tall your boundaries should grow, would sitting areas have a more secluded feel with a roof or pergola, or would a tall tree in the middle of the backyard create the desired canopy? In the backyard, the landscaping plants might concentrate more on framing individual areas, creating solitude, hiding unwanted areas, and accenting hardscape such as paths, rocks and walls.