5 Landscape Design Ideas for a Modern Backyard in 2024

Living in a house has a lot of perks compared to living in an apartment, and one of those perks is having a backyard. People who live in an apartment will never truly experience the beauty of owning your open-sky place, with a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere provided by the mix of nature and decorations of your choice.

Balconies are not even close to that, although they have their perks as well, such as high views of the city during sunrise and sunset, that’s a completely different subject, we just had to defend the “apartment people” a bit.

When it comes to achieving the perfect look for your backyard, you must spend some time and effort perfecting things, and one of those things is the landscape.

In this article, we are going to talk about the five best landscape design ideas for that modern backyard that you’ve always wanted, so if you are currently in the middle of creating something like this, or you are just curious to hear what we have to say, feel free to read until the end. Let’s take a look.

Let grass dominate

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Some people want to make their backyard as “natural” as possible, so they let most of the space to be occupied by grass, trees, and flowers. This is a really good way of starting your design, simply because it looks good, it’s great if you have children, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money on tiles, pebbles or any other materials that you want to cover the surface with, because nature will be doing that for you.

Now, if you want to take things on the next level, and customize the environment, you can choose a special kind of grass strain. Or, if you enjoy the natural look, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining and keeping the grass alive, you can pick up the artificial one, which looks quite good, but it’s not the real deal. It’s all personal preference.

Pebbles and stones

If you want a much easier time maintaining your backyard, without having to worry about watering all that much, you can replace the grass areas with pebbles and rocks, something that’s quite stylish and good-looking these days.

These things are a lot cheaper to get than real grass, and you can go completely freestyle with them when it comes to design. You cannot go wrong because they just look amazing no matter where you place them, and in all honesty, a backyard without these is just weird.

However, if you are not sure how to use them, and you are looking for some creative ideas, you can always pay Birch Mountain Earthworks a visit and draw some inspiration from the real professionals of landscape design.

A swimming pool

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Not cheap, not easy to maintain, but probably one of the best things to have in your backyard, or your entire home in general. A lot of people build their entire backyards around their already existing swimming pools, and it’s a nice way to do things if you already have a pool.

What you do is focus on decorating and “filling up” everything around the pool, because the majority of the space will already be taken by it unless you have a really large backyard, then it’s an entirely different story.

Usually, the shape of the pool will decide what you will and will not be able to do with space, but if you are just looking for an easy and effective way to cover most of your yard, just build a huge pool and the rest is an easy task.

Maintaining these things is not very easy, but they are rewarding when the temperatures start rising to unbearable amounts during the hot summer days. Besides, there isn’t a better party than a pool party.

Living fences

A very interesting way of getting some privacy and protection at the same time is by setting up living fences. If you are wondering why you shouldn’t just get a regular metal fence, well, hear us out.

Living fences have a lot of benefits, and although they are a bit harder to maintain, simply because they require watering and trimming every once in a while, they give a very comfortable and natural vibe for your backyard. Also, do you know how much money you’re going to save if you decide to go for nature instead of huge metal fences? A lot.

If you are so worried about maintaining, there are a lot of easy solutions, one of them being the automated, timed watering devices that can be set to do their job whenever you are not present in the yard. As for pruning and trimming, these services are not very expensive, and you don’t even have to do them as often as you think.

A living fence is a great thing, and you can always combine it with some fence if you are so worried about security.

The “labyrinth” layout

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If you want to take things to the next level and have something very unique and interesting, you can base the entire layout of your yard around a labyrinth. This doesn’t have to be a huge labyrinth-like those seen in movies, but a smaller one made out of a living fence or “blocks” of flowers will be more than enough to intrigue all of your guests.

There are many benefits to a yard labyrinth, one being the uniqueness factor, so if you are a fan of extraordinary things, this is a very interesting solution for you. Out of all the other designs on this list, this one is probably the most difficult one to make, so don’t be surprised if the price for it is a bit high on the list.

However, if you want to impress others with your design, it might be a very interesting and aesthetically pleasing investment. Make sure to hire a professional for the setup, unless you are skilled in doing this on your own.