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Landscape Design Ideas for the Ultimate Outdoor Inspiration

By Axis Fuksman-Kumpa December 12, 2022

backyard landscaping ideas with a fire pit surrounded by native plants, gardens, and natural furniture like stumps and stone benches

When considering a yard renovation or update, one of the first steps is thinking about your goals and inspiration. Many people come to Tilly and know their backyard layout could be more functional, their house could have nicer curb appeal, their garden beds could wow-more, or their old patio can't last much longer, they would like an updated design with drought tolerant plantings... But the next question is, what to do about it?

This is the fun part- dreaming about your new space! Whether it's looking at landscaping in your town on a walk or browsing Pinterest or Instagram - getting ideas of what you generally like and don't like is helpful.

This includes thinking about colors you like in a design, types of flowers you like and the overall look and feel of landscaping.

Understanding your basic garden style is a great first step and then it's time to think about who uses your space, how you use your space and your goals.

Budget is always another important factor that should be layered on top of your goals and priority.

To help inspire you, we've pulled together a long list of backyard and front yard landscape plans we love. There are ideas for every size property, garden style and budget. And if you don't see what you're looking for, check out our Instagram for more ideas!

Dreamy Patio for Lounging

stone patio next to a swimming pool for a fun yard landscaping ideas

Compact Yard with All the Features

backyard landscaping ideas with plants, horizontal fence, and an herb garden next to the house

Curb Appeal with Ornamental Grasses

front yard landscaping ideas with green grass, drought resistant plants, a adirondeck seating area and water feature by a front porch

A Ground Cover Alternative to Grass

Backyard landscaping ideas with a pergola, native plantings, clean lines and other perennials next to a dining area

Calming Seating Area Under a Pergola

landscaping designs with a seating area next to the main house in a backyard landscape with native flowers

No Lawn Front Yard Garden

Front yard landscaping ideas with drought tolerant plants, rocks, colorful flowers, trees and stone steps to the entry

A Statement Making Driveway

front yard landscaping ideas with a stately driveway, colorful flowers, and a front foundation garden

Beautiful Backyard Gravel Fire Pit

backyard landscaping ideas with a fire pit surrounded by native plants, gardens, and natural furniture like stumps and stone benches

A Natural Stone Wonderland with a View

backyard landscaping ideas with natural stone patio, a chiminea and natural outdoor furniture and room for a dinig area and hot tub

A Gravel Backyard Yard Landscape

backyard landscaping ideas a gravel low maintenance yard with statement native plants, stone steps and trees

A Front Yard Vegetable Garden

front yard landscaping ideas with a vegeteable garden surrounded by plants, simple garden, lawn, and bushes

A Focal Point Fire Pit Outdoor Space

backyard ideas a simple fire pit for an easy landscaping project surrounded by native grasses, flowering shrubs and a native garden

An Rustic Fire Pit Nook

backyard landscaping with flowers, a lawn, and a colorful garden and patio area

Less Lawn for Less Maintenance

a front yard landscaping plan with no grass but filled with ground cover, flowers, and colorful plants around a front door

Perfect Spot for an Elegant Evening

backyard landscape design by a Tilly landscape architect with a long run herb garden, fire pit sitting area, colorful garden around a backyard swimming pool

Vertical Space for a Sweet Side Yard

side yard landscape design that uses vertical space

A Backyard Swimming Pool to Behold

backyard landscaping projects a modern pool, lavendar flower beds, and multiple outdoor area surrounded by garden beds and trees

Tropical Front Yard Minimalist Landscaping

front yard landscaping with gardens, flowers, a concrete patio, and driveway space for two cars

Backyard Landscaping for the Ultimate Entertainer

backyard landscaping projects with an outdoor kitchen, flower beds, seating area and outdoor tv

Above Ground Pool Oasis on the Water

backyard landscaping design ideas for an above ground pool with flower beds, shrubs, a shade sail and seating area

Tropical Gardens around an ADU

backyard landscaping design ideas with little lawn, a gravel patio, colorful gardens, adirondeck furniture and a backyard ADU with landscape plants around it

The Ultimate Kids Zone

backyard landscaping for a kid's play area with a miniature house, garden, yard, trees, and white picket fence with flowers

Bold Backyard Cacti Garden

a backyard landscaping plan with a painted accent wall, ambient lighting at night, straight lines of cacti in a natural garden

Unique Front Yard Seating Area

a front yard landscaping plan with a front porch patio seating area surrounded by a fence, and formal garden that relects the architecture of the house

Smart Retaining Walls to Maximize Space

a backyard landscaping plan with a retaining walls to create more usable lawn space

Stately Brick & Classic Landscaping

front yard landscaping for a brick property house with a white fence, lots of flowers, and lawn space

Landscaping Lighting for all the Front Yard Feels

front yard landscaping with landscape lighting for a property with plants in organic shapes and a pollinator garden, trees, and lawn space

Tilly’s easy online landscape design process has been embraced by homeowners across the country and in Canada. Tilly designs front yards, backyard or your entire property. Our planting plans include hardscape layout (decks, patios, walkways) and softscape layout (plants and trees!).

We match you with a professional landscape designer who is familiar with your region.

To start our process you’ll fill out a questionnaire about your property that helps our design team understand your goals, needs and existing landscape. This covers everything from the unique needs of your yard, your design style (modern? cottage? low maintenance?) and much more.

You can add 3d renders, lighting plans or side yards to your design package. You’ll then connect with your designer on a video call to meet them, show them your space and talk about your priorities.

When you receive your design you will be able to purchase your plants at a discounted rate through our team of plant experts and have them delivered directly to your curb. Tilly can also provide recommendations of local installers who can help you complete your landscape project.

We can’t wait to help you tackle your next yard project!

Feel free to browse our portfolio for more ideas!

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