3 Ways To Take Your Backyard From Yikes to Oasis

Your backyard might currently look like a scene out of Twister, but it’s ok you have time to make it your backyard summer oasis. My backyard has always been a space for me to relax and entertain guests. With a little more downtime in the evenings during shelter in place, I’ve slowly added new elements to make my backyard more of a retreat.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few tips to help jump start your backyard makeover:

A Pop Of Color

One of the simplest ways to add a little color to your backyard is by planting brightly colored flowers in colorful planters around the patio. You don’t have to go too overboard, but just swing by your local farmers market or garden center and find some that you think would look pretty in the space. You can choose a range of colors, or stick with one type of flower in a single color, it’s up to you. If you are in Texas try and choose flowers that are heat tolerant. Be mindful of direct sunlight and in the summer months choose flowers that are heat tolerant, especially in 100 degrees plus days!

If you aren’t really sure which flowers will work with your climate or if you’re really not sure how to care for the flowers, I always just ask the greenhouse or farmers market. (Note: this usually only works when you are at the mom and pop stores.) Sometimes they will have experience with these kinds of things, and other times they’ll just be able to tell you what they think looks nice. Either way, you’re going to end up with some beautiful flowers that you can use to brighten up your backyard! 

A Path Less Traveled

Have you ever thought about adding a path or a gravel area to your backyard? I know that this is typical of a front yard, but they look just as good in the back. Adding a gravel path brings in a natural element to the backyard that can change the entire aesthetic of the space. If you want to look into something like this, you should consider Pete Rose affordable gravel for inspiration in your backyard garden.

It’s All In The Details

Sometimes small details can change the whole look and feel of your backyard space. Such as adding a water feature, whether you are thinking of adding a bird fountain, a small pond, or even a fountain, they are all going to look wonderful when they’re completed. When it comes to a fountain, you can hire someone to install this for you, or you can give it a go yourself. I recently created a small water feature by simply purchasing a small water pump and adding it to an old flower pot. It was so cute and it added a really nice element to my back porch.

If you look around at your local greenhouse, you should be able to find some cool water features at reasonable prices, and then all that needs to be done is the installation. It’s not as difficult as it looks, and here are a few online water feature inspirations that will guide you through setting up your own water feature.

A bird feeder or birdbath might be another way to bring a little life to your backyard. I added a feeder and I spend the evenings watching the birds dine in my backyard! Add another pop of color and pattern by adding an outdoor rug and fun pillows. Both of these items will define your space and bring a little of your personality into your outdoor living space.

Oh yeah, having a robot lawn mower doesn’t hurt either (just kidding). But remember to take the time to relax in your backyard and just enjoy life.


  1. Taylor
    June 13, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    Definitely going to give these tricks and tips a try!

  2. June 13, 2020 / 5:22 pm

    I loved this! Thank you for sharing!

  3. June 13, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    This is so cute, our yard is my current project, there are some great tips here!

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2020 / 9:57 pm

      I’m glad you found the tips helpful! Our backyard is also a current project… hopefully we will be done soon!

  4. June 14, 2020 / 11:07 am

    Thank you for these great suggestions.

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2020 / 9:55 pm

      You’re welcome!

  5. June 14, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration and the beautiful idea!

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2020 / 9:55 pm

      You’re welcome!

  6. June 30, 2020 / 2:03 am

    With most of us sitting at home this summer, we’ve decided to do up our backyard as a family project. We’ve assigned ourselves a couple of jobs each from the entire list. My daughters have taken over the gardening while my son and husband are in charge of the landscaping and other heavy-duty work.

    • Jennifer
      June 30, 2020 / 9:50 pm

      What a great way to get the whole family involved!

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