Are you looking for some design inspiration for your backyard? Today, we are sharing some of our favorite ideas and designs to help you transform you backyard.
If you follow us on Instagram @madxsonandco — On Tuesday’s “This or That” series a couple of weeks ago, we asked our followers to vote for their favorite backyard styles. These were the results:
BACKYARD/OUTDOOR LIVING DESIGNS
French Style, Bali Inspired and Mediterranean backyard designs were the top picks. We will share Spanish Colonial, Moroccan and Desert design themes in part two’s outdoor living inspo ideas.
Adding a French-Style design to your backyard adds a touch of elegance and classic design to your home’s exterior and outdoor living. The most common feature is adding elements of a French garden. French-Style gardens were originally inspired by Italian landscape — Lots of evergreen plants, and a few blooming flowers. Hedges and shrubs are trimmed precisely in symmetrical lines and pergolas have fragrant, climbing vines. French-Style gardens are known to use simple color palettes and stone elements. Lavender and rosemary are popular herbs used in French gardens as well.
Maintaining a French-Style garden requires a lot of work. You will need to dedicate several hours each weekend to maintain and trim hedges, replace flowers, remove unhealthy/dead plants, etc. Although it can be a lot of work, it creates a beautiful and elegant atmosphere for your home. If a French-Style garden is too much work for you, consider a French country garden. French country gardens have a more natural, relaxed feel. Plants beds are less strict in their construction, but should always be contained with a border or some kind of edging.
There are some key elements every French-Style garden should have. Here are a few notes to help you start:
+ Start with the basics (symmetry, straight-lined geometric shapes, neatly trimmed hedges and shrubs, cool tones and monochromatic color scheme).
+ Stone surfaces (gravel paths)
+ Include a place to relax and eat (open air and bistro set)
+ Use decorative elements (statues, planters and water features)
+ Add plants (annuals and perennials)
02| Bali Inspired
Turn your backyard into a mystical tropical paradise by including these basic elements — bold plants, decorative items, and water features. A Balinese styled garden/backyard also offers natural materials and privacy.
- Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia)
- Garden Pagoda
- Elephant or Buddha Statue
- Dark brown or black river stones around landscape beds.
- Lanterns and Bowls
The goal to create a Balinese backyard is to make sure you provide an imagery that gives a similar sense of peace and tranquility.
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Container Water Gardens
03| Mediterranean Style
Mediterranean outdoor living is inspired by the areas of Spain, Greece, Italy and France. It is best known for its casual elegance and a garden with a classic mix of rustic furniture and fragrant planting. Mediterranean outdoor living also consist of relaxed seating areas for entertaining friends and family, as many Mediterranean families traditionally do. It requires very little maintenance, which allows you to spend more time relaxing and enjoying your time with family and friends.
If you’ve been thinking about transforming your backyard into a Mediterranean style, here are a few ideas to get you started and links to help inspire you.
- Colorful and Fragrant Flowers
- Herbs: Particularly lavender and rosemary.
- Geraniums: Perfect for pots and window boxes.
- Olive Trees: Works well as a focal point or nestled in the corder in a large container.
- Succulents + Drought Tolerant Plants: Agaves, Yucca, Bay Tree, Italian Cypress, and Blue Fescue.
Many Mediterraneans plants are drought tolerant and will need well-drained soil. Another feature commonly used in a Mediterranean style backyard are climbing plants, especially on pergolas. Here are some great plants to consider:
- Jasminum Officinale (Common Jasmine)
- Campsis Grandiflora (Chinese Trumpet Vine)
- Climbing Roses (Albertine)
Water Features, Pergolas, Pots and Containers
Including a water feature is a must to help cool the air and break up the the heat during the summer. If you wish to not add a water feature, adding vibrant blues in your color scheme will help offset the warm terracotta tones. Create shade by adding a pergola, draped with climbing plants (mentioned above). If you have a smaller backyard, incorporating an archway is also an option. Terracotta pots and jars are popular in a Mediterranean garden. They come in all different shapes and sizes.
Hard landscaping is an essential part of the Mediterranean style, with splashes of vibrant color. Create an outdoor living area with paving stones or gravel. Warm colored and natural stones is a common feature as well. Adding mosaics could also be a beautiful touch, usually used on the vertical part of steps.
Relaxed Outdoor Living and Dining
The final touch to your Mediterranean haven is a place for you to feel relaxed, where you can enjoy spending time and entertaining family and friends. Create an outdoor living area with comfortable seating and/or a dining set to enjoy a nice meal. Below you will find several inspirations of Mediterranean outdoor living styles.
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Gardenia Creating Gardens
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If none of these fit your lifestyle, stay tuned for part two’s outdoor living inspo ideas. We will share key elements and inspirations on how to transform your backyard into one of these designs: Spanish Colonial, Moroccan or Desert themed. Which is your favorite outdoor living style?