Thoughtful Landscape design is the key to creating an outdoor oasis, whether you have a tiny courtyard in an urban area or a sprawling garden in the country. To help you transform your own patios, yards, and more, we rounded up fifty three landscaping ideas and examples that truly make the most of their natural surroundings.
Landscape designer Lisa Bynon turned her vegetable garden in Southampton, New York, into a dreamy outdoor dining area complete with a 10-foot-long table and a cedar deer fence.
If you live in a bustling neighborhood with minimal outdoor space but have access to a rooftop, take note from this Venice Beach loft. A wooden cover will create a gorgeous dappled light effect and woven pendants give the space vacation vibes.
A living archway frames the pathway to Rebecca Vizard's vegetable garden. A post office in Seaside, Florida, inspired the design of the petite shed.
A garden with a plan provides both beauty and elegance, says landscape architect Edmund Hollander. Here, a straight run of bluestone pavers reinforces property lines, and lavender borders focus the eye.
Chloe Warner kept a California home's landscaping simple: "We did nothing more than set up areas for dining and entertaining." A Galanter & Jones heated love seat by the door entices party guests "to spill out onto the patio on cool evenings."
Between the fire pit and floating dock, it tough to choose where to relax at Thom Filicia's sophisticated lake house.
To make a striking outdoor shower look even more grand, lay a tile pathway that leads the way. Then hang up wall hooks on the exterior wall so you can display your gorgeous towels, like these Missoni stunners. They're a great way to bring in a variety of colors without having to plant an entire garden.
At a French-inspired cottage, wisteria shades a poolside grouping of bistro chairs. Très chic!
A weeping willow hovers over the water feature outside of Jill Sharp Weeks' Charleston rental. She replanted the beds and brought in furniture to create the private paradise.
Now this is how you style an outdoor fire pit. At the center of the circular tile island in the middle of the lawn, all eyes will be on the roaring fire. The surrounding butterfly chairs introduce a laidback, California vibe, which is further accentuated by the tall palm trees and dreamy pampas grass.
Thin trees shade a 1960s home's walled retreat. Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth brought the interior's sleek style outdoors by adding all-weather chairs and row of lanterns.
Though the extravagant fountain in this courtyard is the true statement piece, we're loving the pops of color in the minty green planters and lilac shutters. It makes for a warm welcome and cheerful entrance.
Hollander built an outdoor "dining room" by planting six plane trees. They create shade during the day, and at night, they're strung with lights.
A kidney bean-shaped pool reflects the organic shapes throughout this outdoor space, from the rounded structure to the loosely hung hammock. A canopy of trees cocoons the backyard to feel like thoroughly serene.
A brand-new South Carolina house looks older than its years thanks to a mature palmetto tree. Fig ivy softens the surrounding brick wall, cozying up Michelle Prentice's hangout spot.
Think of your garden as an organized procession, advises Hollander. Stone steps and offset pavers provide structure and allow the garden to reveal itself in an interesting way.
This Nashville house designed by Markham Roberts comes with a stunning patio ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore Aura in Black Knight and is surrounded by thick, tall bushes to create backyard privacy.
A vacation home blends right into its Ojai Valley location with a backyard orange grove. The sweet-smelling orchard even inspired the interior's color palette.
Towering cypresses at a are reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape.
Show your trees some love and dress up the backyard by hanging lanterns in the branches. This will set the mood for a truly magical outdoor living space.
"It's not just the inside of your house that deserves stylish touches," says Bunny Williams. "Celebrate your arrival by rolling out the red carpet for yourself—or at least a pair of oversize planters."
Add ambiance to an outdoor dining area with a group of topiaries. Monica Bhargava frequently uses her greenery-lined terrace for al fresco dinners.
At this , landscape designer Margaret Carole McElwee created a garden lush with boxwood hedges, lavender, ficus and cypress.
Orderly stepping stones and bright flower beds lead across a Florida home's lawn to the dining pavilion. If you love this pop of pink, try bougainvillea.
Voluptuous 50-year-old wisteria vines drape a Victorian wire gazebo outside of a New York house designed by Robin Bell, with the assistance of landscape designer Deborah Nevins and architect Stephen Potters.
There's nothing like a modern fountain to anchor an open courtyard. It gives this airy, indoor/outdoor space a sleek and formal touch and the reflection of the two columns enhances their soothing symmetry.
Clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge give structure to designer Gregory Shano's Hamptons garden.
Ellin Goetz designed the pristine, graduated landscape for this Naples, Florida, home.