53 Landscaping Ideas and Tips for a Magical Outdoor Space

They'll leave you starry-eyed.

tile landscaping ideas
Charles Mayer

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.

garden dining area
Ngoc Minh Ngo
Dining Area

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.

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rooftop design ideas
Alexander DB
Rooftop Dining

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.

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rose garden landscaping
Charles Mayer/Courtesy of Edmund Hollander
Rose Garden

Limiting yourself to one type of flower saves on yard work in the long run. For a client who really loves roses, Edmund Hollander planted some 250 English grandifloras. It doesn't get more romantic than this.

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House Beautiful
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Rebecca Vizard Louisiana House garden shed
Paul Costello
Garden Shed

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.

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simple landscaping ideas
Charles Mayer/Courtesy of Edmund Hollander
Lavender Border

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.

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inground pool design ideas
Trevor Tondro
Heated Furniture

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."

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garden fountain design pictures
Charles Mayer/Courtesy of Edmund Hollander
Hydrangea Wall

Privacy creates a sense of place, says Hollander. Here, rows of hydrangeas and white-flowered salvias buffer noise and highlight an enchanting fountain.

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fire pit design
James Merrell
Fire Pit

Between the fire pit and floating dock, it tough to choose where to relax at Thom Filicia's sophisticated lake house.

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outdoor shower design
Alexander DB
Outdoor Shower

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.

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wisteria trellis pictures
House Beautiful
Flower-Covered Pergola

At a French-inspired cottage, wisteria shades a poolside grouping of bistro chairs. Très chic!

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home fountain design
Björn Wallander
Garden Fountain

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.

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outdoor fire pit ideas
Bon Traveler
Conversation Pit

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.

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landscaping ideas for small backyards
Laura Resen
Modern Courtyard

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.

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front yard fountain ideas
Nicole Franzen
Pops of Color

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.

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Garden patio design
Charles Mayer/ Courtesy of Edmund Hollander
Shaded Patio

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.

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pool design ideas
Nicole Franzen
Playing With Shapes

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.

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green patio ideas
J. Savage Gibson
Ivy-Covered Walls

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.

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garden landscaping ideas
Charles Mayer/Courtesy of Edmund Hollander
Offset Pavers

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.

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patio design ideas
Thomas Loof
Cozy Porch

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.

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orange grove landscaping
Victoria Pearson
Orange Grove

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.

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cypress trees front door
Victoria Pearson
Cypress Trees

Towering cypresses at a Corona del Mar house are reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape.

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pictures of landscaping around trees
Alexander DB
Tree Lanterns

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.

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low maintenance landscaping ideas
Max Kim-Bee
Driveway Planters

"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."

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black outdoor chairs
Victoria Pearson
Potted Citrus

Add ambiance to an outdoor dining area with a group of topiaries. Monica Bhargava frequently uses her greenery-lined terrace for al fresco dinners.

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boxwood hedges
Victoria Pearson
Sculpted Hedges

At this Corona del Mar house, landscape designer Margaret Carole McElwee created a garden lush with boxwood hedges, lavender, ficus and cypress.

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landscaping ideas for backyards
Eric Piasecki
Square Walkway

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.

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victorian gazebo
Christopher Baker
Victorian Gazebo

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.

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modern fountain landscaping ideas
Studio Lifestyle
Modern Fountain

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.

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pool design landscaping
Jonny Valiant
East Coast Landscape

Clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge give structure to designer Gregory Shano's Hamptons garden.

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