A beautiful home isn’t just about how you paint it or what furniture you put in it. It’s also about cultivating the perfect blend of nature and structure. You want your property to be lush, welcoming, and relaxing, and it’s been proven time and again that our brains are happier when we are surrounded by nature.

So how can you bring the soothing essence of nature into your own backyard? Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

Foliage

For a full, vibrant landscape, you’ll need a combination of trees, bushes, plants, and other low-maintenance ground covers.

Plants that are native to your area will encourage the best growth and promote biodiversity. This helps restore ecological balance and can even attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. We’re lucky to live in Maryland, as there is plenty of native flora that work very well in our climate.

Of course, there are other considerations distinct to your property, including sunlight, aspect, soil quality, and the overall look you’re going for, but when in doubt, start by looking at native species.

Structures

No outdoor haven is complete without a structure for you to spend your time. Fortunately, there are plenty of options here as well.

  • Pergola. A pergola is a freestanding structure, made of wooden posts topped with an open lattice. It can provide some relief from direct, harsh sunlight, without overwhelming your space. They’re perfect for lounging in the garden, and best of all, you can use them for training vine growth for additional shade.
  • Arbor. If you think of a pergola as an outdoor room, an arbor is more akin to an archway. It has the same post and lattice structure, but it is more like a segue into other parts of the garden. Some arbors have seating areas, creating a peaceful place to read or have an intimate conversation.
  • Pavilion. If you need more coverage than a pergola can provide, a pavilion is the next step up. It has a complete roof but is still an open-sided structure and ideal for larger gatherings.
  • Gazebo. A gazebo is a self-contained, often ornamental structure with a built-in floor, railings, and a full-coverage roof.
  • Playground. What could be better than a play structure for your kids in your own backyard? The best part is, you can customize it to your family’s specific needs.

Walkways and More

If you have a structure, of course, you’ll need a walkway to get there! You can achieve an appealing finished look with patio pavers, concrete, flagstone, or brick.

Pavers are made of concrete shaped into slabs, making them easier to work with than poured concrete. Because the pavers are separate, they are more flexible and can be replaced if they get damaged.

Flagstone is stone—as opposed to concrete—and lends itself to a more natural, imperfect look that many homeowners love.

Brick is classic and hardy, making it an excellent choice for an outdoor walkway.

Trellises are perfect to showcase climbing plants.

Koi ponds are soothing and meditative and add an element of whimsy to your garden.

If you’re gearing up for the summer months, now’s the time to enhance your property with elegant landscaping ideas. Reach out today, and let us help you bring your backyard paradise to life.