Backyards are an extension of your home, when they are carefully planned and landscaped they can become an outdoor oasis, another living space where you can spend quality time with family and friends.

Here in Australia we are fortunate to live with beautiful weather for most part of the year, allowing us  to create wonderful outdoor spaces for living and entertaining. If you are considering giving your backyard an overhaul, it may seem a bit daunting; however there are many simple things that you can do that will improve the look and feel of your outdoor space.

We’ve thought of all the things that we love about our favourite gardens and balconies, and have come up with some ideas to help you create your own green sanctuary.

Lawn matters

If your garden seems to have more weeds than grass, it might be worthwhile to lay down some new turf and get a decent reticulation service. This is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to make an instant, bright change, and it will also create a safe, soft place for little feet to play. New homes can benefit from laying down turf, for it is an inexpensive way to green things up while you wait for all your other garden additions to grow.

Pergolas add personality

A focal point is just as important in your garden as it is in your home. A pergola can be a lovely way to draw the eye to the part of the garden that is usually ignored. They can be small or large, or as elaborate or simple as you want to make them.  Add some colour bond, a wooden screen and some greenery and you have added an entire new room onto your home.

Vertical succulents add living art 

Vertical succulents hung on the outside wall of the house not only look lovely, but they can add some visual interest for the eye. They are super easy to make yourself and since succulents are low maintenance, the vertical wall is guaranteed to stay looking green and vibrant with very little effort.  You can make them large or small, and with so many succulents to choose from, you may find that you end up making more than one.

Soothing water features

There are many benefits to a water feature, especially if you are the type to feel a bit “land locked”. Fountains come in many shapes and sizes, and there is one to fit every budget. If you tend to be handy, you can get creative and design a modern piece of garden artwork from scratch.  However if you aren’t so handy, there are many water features that are easy to assemble – all you need is a tap and place to put it.

Outdoor dining rooms

With our beautiful Australian weather Al fresco dining is fast becoming the norm. The days of the picnic table and bench are long gone, and it is time to enjoy a more sophisticated type of outdoor dining. Make optimal use of your backyard and create an extension onto your home specifically dedicated for outdoor dining with the help of a  landscaping company. There is an abundance of screens, blinds and pergolas on the market today which are not only affordable, they are super easy to install. There is nothing better than dining, laughing, and sharing a meal under the cover of night with candlelight for lighting.

Hot tubs are hot

If you don’t have space for a pool, you can still enjoy submerging yourself in the water with a hot tub. There are so many different styles and options of hot tubs today that you will definitely find one to fit your garden décor, budget and space. Hot tubs are excellent for those that battle sore muscles and body aches, simply put up a screen and plant some greenery and you have your own wellness haven.

Landscaping your backyard is just like renovating a room in your house; and with a little bit of creativity and general know-how you can create the perfect green space to bring inside living out into the great outdoors.