Transform Your Backyard with These Easy Landscaping Ideas

Are you looking to upgrade your backyard this summer, but don’t have time for a large renovation? Then these easy, simple backyard landscaping ideas from Shepherd's Hardware are perfect for you! Whether you’re simply tidying up an outdoor space or planning a complete makeover, there are plenty of ways to get creative and add curb appeal and value to your home — without breaking the bank. From finding functional garden pieces that coordinate with existing décor, to personalizing seating areas with lush floral arrangements; whatever look you have in mind can become a fast reality. Keep reading for tips and tricks on how best to spruce up your outdoor space today!

A stone and fence feature in a backyard garden

Create a focal point

Are you looking to add something special to your backyard? Creating a focal point, like a garden, seating area or other feature, will elevate any outdoor space and give it a unique touch. One idea is to incorporate a water feature, such as a fountain or pond, to create a relaxing atmosphere and attract birds. Gardens also attract beneficial insects and bird life while creating something beautiful to look at — and maybe even provide a bountiful harvest to enjoy at the table! Pair this with a comfortable seating area nearby to enjoy the ambiance and you have a perfect spot for relaxation and entertaining guests. These elements not only enhance the beauty of your space but also create a peaceful oasis right in your own backyard.

Enhance with plants and flowers

Transform your backyard into a verdant oasis with the addition of plants and flowers. Not only do they add a burst of colour and fragrance, but they can also enhance the overall atmosphere of your outdoor space. Whether you opt for lush ferns or delicate roses, incorporating greenery into your backyard can create a sense of tranquility and calm. Plus, plants and flowers are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they can also attract beneficial insects and wildlife to your backyard. Choosing a variety of plants helps improve biological diversity, while some plants actually help keep pests away from specific vegetables and flora. With a little bit of effort, you can easily transform your backyard into a vibrant and thriving ecosystem.

Create functional spaces

Transforming your backyard into a functional outdoor space can be a rewarding project. By carefully planning and selecting the right elements, you can create a backyard that accommodates your family, friends, and guests. To create functional spaces, you might consider adding a dining area with a table and comfortable seating. Lounging areas with comfortable chairs, couches, and coffee tables are great for relaxation. A play area with swings, slides or a sandbox will keep kids entertained. With a bit of effort, your backyard space can become a multi-functional oasis that adds value to your home and enhances your quality of life.

Lighting along a wooden fence

Use lighting to create functionality and ambience

Picture this: it's a warm summer night and you're seated in your backyard around the fireplace with friends and loved ones, enjoying drinks and conversation. Suddenly, the sun sets and darkness envelopes the entire space. But wait! You've strategically placed outdoor lighting fixtures that not only create a warm and inviting ambience, but also ensure everyone is safe. Lighting can do more than just illuminate a space; it can create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. By carefully selecting the right outdoor lighting design, you can set the stage for endless memories. Plus, the added safety benefit guarantees that everyone can relax and enjoy the night without any worries. Let your creativity shine and use lighting to create both functionality and ambience for your backyard landscape.

Incorporate hardscape elements

When designing an outdoor living space, it's important to incorporate hardscape elements like pathways, patios, and decks. These can truly elevate the look and feel of your yard and create comfortable spaces for entertaining or simply relaxing under the sun. Outdoor pathways can guide the eye and feet through your garden and add dimension to your landscape. Patios provide a functional space for dining, lounging, or gathering around a fire pit. A well-designed deck can provide even more options for seating and can extend your living space into the great outdoors. Choose materials for your hardscapes that incorporate harmoniously with your overall backyard design. By incorporating these hardscape elements, you can create a cohesive and stylish outdoor oasis perfect for any occasion.

Maintain and sustain

Maintaining a well-kept backyard requires regular upkeep, from watering the plants to pruning trees and bushes. It might seem like a daunting task at first, but with consistent effort, your outdoor space can remain a beautiful and enjoyable oasis. Proper watering and pruning go a long way toward promoting healthy growth and minimizing the risk of plant damage or disease. Regular washing and treatment of any wooden features in your yard is important for their longevity as well. It’s also important to keep sustainability in mind — conserve water when you can, and plant only native species. Remember, regular backyard maintenance doesn't have to be a chore. Embrace the opportunity to get outside, connect with nature, and take pride in your little slice of paradise.

A backyard with mixed materials, dividers, deck and garden beds


Creating a beautiful outdoor environment doesn’t have to be difficult – the right combination of elements can transform a simple garden into an oasis! Whether you’re looking for plants and florals, hardscape features, or functional spaces, there are plenty of ways to make your backyard an attractive extension of your home. Try including a focal point as well as adding lighting for atmosphere and functionality. Don’t forget to set aside special areas too so that your outdoor living space is useable year-round. Lastly, don’t forget to include regular maintenance so that you can continue to enjoy it for years to come. 

Ready to take the next step and start creating? Shepherd's Hardware in Armstrong BC has all the materials you need for outdoor renovation projects large and small so why not pay us a visit? With our products and friendly expert advice, we can help you create the perfect outdoor living area that reflects your personality and fits your budget — simply visit our outdoor living centre to get inspired!

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