15 backyard ideas for a space you’ll love all summer long

Summer is fast approaching, so what better way to welcome the warm season by sprucing up your outdoor space? Just a few years ago, a backyard was a nice perk, but not a necessity, especially when you have an arctic cold air conditioner indoors. But nowadays? Your outdoor space is not only a convenient place to get a great tan and some much-needed vitamin D, but it’s also a great backdrop for your next socially distanced hangout.

Want to take your outdoor space to the next level, but not sure where to start? Check out these great garden ideas you can enjoy all summer long. With fire pits, vegetable gardens and a DIY-friendly storage tank, one thing is for sure: these ideas prove that the grass is greener where you are.

1. Cultivate a vegetable garden

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You want to make your dinners outside even better taste? Consider making your own produce with a vegetable garden. Once you have determined where you want to establish your garden, plant your favorite produce. (Herbs, tomatoes, zucchini…the sky’s the limit!) If you want to strike a balance between form and function, take inspiration from the lifestyle blog Connie and Luna, which added a series of arbor lattices. This way your greens can climb upward creating a lush arch.

2. Build a garden bed

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If you want to keep your garden to a minimum, take inspiration from the designer by Kelly Martin backyard. “On my small brick patio, I built a raised garden bed with wooden planks, and my friends from The plant snob helped me fill it with low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants and grasses,” she says.

Martin loved the look of the modern black bed, so she used lava rocks on the floor, which also help retain moisture in the warmer months.

3. Hang your plants

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Chances are you want to flex your green thumb, but you don’t have enough room for a sprawling garden. We give you full permission to get a little creative. Ashley Rose Sugar and Cloth made the most of her small garden by securing several potted plants to a slanted ladder. The result? An area that breathes the forest atmosphere, but does not occupy precious square meters.

4. Create a mural

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Art is an essential part of every beautiful home, so why should your garden be any different? Ashley Wilson from At home with Ashley primed her wall with a fresh coat of white paint, then dressed it in stripes in all the colors of the rainbow. While this color-coded style never fails to make us smile, you can decorate your blank wall any way you like. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

5. Build a fire pit


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Whether you’re craving s’mores or looking for a way to stay warm on those chilly summer nights, an outdoor fire pit is the garden gift that keeps on giving. While there are plenty of store-bought fire pits out there, why not try making your own from scratch? Robert and Lauren from house blessing placed layers of stone in a circular configuration, removed the grass in the center, and added chairs for guests to enjoy that beautiful glow.

6. Perfect your patio

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Whether it’s creating a DIY art project with the kids or snuggling up with a good book, it’s safe to say that a patio is one of the busiest places in any garden. . If you want to give yours a stylish edge this summer, consider adding some pretty checks, as seen on Jenna Sue Design’s website. While traditional tiles are ideal, peel and stick floor decals will also do the trick. The result? An outdoor space that will look great this summer — and beyond!

7. Add a swing

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We can’t think of any reason not to add a swing to your garden. Not only can it provide lots of fun for the whole family, especially if you’re a kid at heart, but it’s also quite easy to set up. If you want to get creative or you put your swing, take a cue from Savannah and Casey from hey wanderer, who have added swings to their chat area. A groovy disco ball completes the look, offering a quirky spirit and a clever way to reflect sunlight.

8. Maximize your seating

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Since the great outdoors are a go-to destination for socially distanced hangouts, it’s important to create plenty of backyard seating for everyone. Sara Toufali from Black & Flowers lined in seating with a sofa, two chairs and floor pillows. When it comes to buying outdoor furniture, it’s important to find items that can withstand the elements. However, you will also want to bring your personal style into the space. Toufali mastered the balance with a mat, an umbrella and lots of blankets.

9. Let there be light

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Once summer hits, you’ll be looking forward to spending all your time outdoors – yes, even after the sun goes down. So why not add some beautiful lighting to your garden? Christine and Robert de new darlings gave their outdoor space a warm touch with a rattan pendant lamp and a pretty black sconce.

10. Opt for fairy lights

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Pendants and sconces are a great way to brighten up any outdoor space, but what if you want to give your garden a serene, otherworldly glow? Fairy lights are the way to go. Erin’s Francois and me hung together throughout the backyard, creating some cohesiveness between the separate fire pit and seating areas.

11. Take your playground to new heights

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Anyone who thinks playgrounds are an eyesore will find a lot to love with this climbing ramp Stephanie Abbott added to her backyard. Abbots at home The blogger backed this DIY project against her kids’ treehouse and added a fresh coat of rainbow paint. (Don’t worry, minimalists: you can always paint your boards a neutral hue.) The end product offers a setup that lets your kids be kids, but doesn’t compromise the style of your outdoor space.

12. Install an outdoor shower

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Believe it or not, an outdoor shower is not alone for tropical hotels; you can also easily integrate one into your space.

“This project was particularly close to our hearts because it is our family home”, explains the Australian design duo Kyal and Kara Demmrich. “A well-connected home that has plenty of space for entertaining, cooking and spending time with family. We invented our style to [the] Blue Lagoon Build as “Australian coast meets Mediterranean villa”.

This backyard idea may take time and some elbow grease, but the serene results make it so worth it.

13. Dive into a storage pool

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Make a splash in your backyard – literally – with a tank pool. While above ground pools often have an unstylish reputation, Rachel from Serene & Co. the setup puts all skepticism to rest. The bamboo-inspired exterior is both subtle and striking. Plus, the sawn-off float and fringed umbrella make this backyard pool party ready.

14. Host an outdoor movie night

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Looking for a garden idea the whole family can enjoy? Create an outdoor movie theater. As this setup from Lia Griffith proves, this DIY project is a lot easier than you might think. All you need is a white sheet, wooden dowels and a pretty ribbon. Light, camera, action!

15. Create an outdoor board

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Think of a chalk wall as sidewalk art 2.0. Frame a blackboard, as seen in this space by Hawkins Interiors, will give your kids full permission to get creative while staying within the theme of your outdoor decor. Bonus points: Their masterpieces can serve as conversation starters the next time you have guests over.