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11 Backyard Flower Gardens Your Neighbors Will Envy

Backyard flower gardens are a wonderful way to enjoy your backyard, but they also increase the appeal of your home to neighbors and friends, especially if it is landscaped properly. The tantalizing colors of different flowers, along with the green grass and leaves of trees and bushes, simply add to the garden’s natural effect. Backyard accessories such as fire pits and ponds can also complement a well-designed flower garden.

Making a beautiful backyard flower garden is not difficult. It only takes a creative mind and a green thumb to turn a simple garden into an amazing work of art. Here are some easy steps to help you create your garden masterpiece.

pink dianthus flowers with white edges.
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Easy Steps for Creating a Beautiful Backyard Flower Garden

gorgeous pink and purple hydrangea hedge going up to a large house.
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  1. Inspection—Inspect the whole area of your garden and determine its size. The garden size is important in deciding what type of makeover suits you best. If you have a small garden, flowers with tiny blooms, such as lavender and petunias, should be grown to make the space appear wider. Pink and purple make a beautiful combination when placed together in one corner, and racks with various heights add a stunning effect.
  2. Create a pathGarden paths allow you to access your house and garden. They should be chosen meticulously to ensure the beauty of the whole place. For instance, a wide garden needs a curved path. This makes the whole place appear smaller, so people will not feel weary just by looking at it. You can also use cement pieces with stones at intervals and on the sides.
  3. Choose your flowers—Flowers are the most important elements of a beautiful backyard garden. They should be properly chosen to add to the garden’s aesthetic value rather than making your garden look cluttered or unkempt.
  4. Consider the seasonDifferent flowers thrive in different seasons and conditions, so it is necessary to pick those that grow throughout the year or add some evergreens.
  5. Add some garden accessories—Ponds make a great combination with flower gardens. They provide a natural effect that increases the aesthetic value of the whole home environment. However, small gardens may not be a candidate, as ponds and waterfalls will make a small garden look even smaller. As an alternative, a small chimney or table fire pit may be added in one corner surrounded by short and colorful flowers.
  6. Maintenance—If you have successfully created a beautiful flower garden, it is very important to maintain its beauty for as long as possible. This includes sweeping dried leaves, cutting withered leaves and flowers, watering plants, and weeding grasses. These actions assure the healthy growth of your flowers and increase the overall appeal of your backyard.

Inspiring Backyard Flower Gardens

black eyed Susan flowers.
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I love looking at different backyard gardens for inspiration. Below, I share some of my favorite flowers for backyards: from easy-to-care ground covers to elegant rose gardens and everything in between, there is a flower or group of plants that will be perfect for YOUR backyard.

1. Use Easy to Maintain Ground Covers

pink and white creeping phlox flowers.
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Just imagine a carpet of hot pink, purple, or bicolor (like the ones above) creeping phlox. Or, maybe you prefer a fragrant ground cover of thyme.

Check out this list of ground cover ideas: it includes perennial, annual, shade-loving, and even vine ground covers.

2. Plant a Lavender Field

A field of lavender with butterflies flitting around.
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Lavender is one of the easiest plants to grow: it needs full sun and dry feet. Other than that, it thrives on neglect.

But if you’d like to learn more before planting, here are few quick guides to growing lavender:

3. Create a Hydrangea Border or Walkway

stone walkway flanked by blue hydrangeas.
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There’s nothing quite like a border to your walkway up to the house made of hydrangea flowers! You can choose from several colors and types of hydrangeas, depending on your favorites.

Learn more about hydrangeas from the guides below:

4. Bachelor Button Garden

bachelor button flowers in multiple colors.
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No matter what you call these flowers: bachelor’s buttons, blue-bottles, or cornflowers, these delicately fragrant and cheerful flowers looking like mini-carnations, will be perfect for any garden.

They come in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white – a color for everyone’s taste.

5. Plant a Spring Garden

pink and purple hyacinth flowers.
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These hyacinth flowers look great and smell amazing in any garden. I love planting mine on the walkway to the house so I can easily enjoy them as I walk to my front door.

Plant some tulips and daffodils, too: while they don’t smell as nice as the hyacinths, they complete the garden spring.

6. Try a Peaceful Water Garden

peaceful water garden.
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What a peaceful setting! Pink flowers combined with lush foliage in the background is just perfect!

Check out these 8 peaceful water garden ideas for inspiration.

7. Plant a Rose Garden

red climbing roses.
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Adding a rose bush to your garden is a must! There are so many types of roses, and it’ll be hard to choose only one.

The bright red climbing roses above will make a statement by your front door. You can also choose a soft-colored rose or a scented rose bush. No matter what type of color you choose, you’ll be greeted by beauty every time you walk by.

If you want to learn more about roses, these quick guides will help:

8. Go Wild With a Wildflower Meadow

a field of colorful wildflowers.
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This beautiful meadow with colorful wildflowers brings a smile to my face. It’s so simple to maintain: prepare the soil, plant the seeds, and let Mother Nature do the rest.

For best results, use seeds for native plants in your state.

9. Plant Poppies

orange California poppies along my driveway
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These yellow and orange poppies will add a pop of color to any flower garden. Easy to maintain and a must-have! Make sure to scratch the soil before spreading the seed: poppies grow best in disturbed soil.

Don’t just plant California poppies: get a multicolor poppy seed mix and be amazed at all the colors: red, pink, white, light purple, and even bicolor ones, like bright pink with white fringes. AMAZING!

I hope you’re as inspired as I am! I’d love to see your flower garden: please feel free to share here or on our Facebook page.

10. Add Privacy With Flowering Shrubs and Vines

pale purple clematis flowers.
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Flowering shrubs and vines will add vertical interest to your flower garden, hide unsightly spots in your yard, and, if needed, create privacy from prying eyes. Here are a few gorgeous flowering vines you can try:

11. Try a Rooftop Garden When Yard Space is Sparse

Mangel, tomatoes and blackberries growing on a rooftop garden in Vienna
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If you don’t have a lot of space in your yard but have a flat roof, consider planting a few of your favorite flowers or veggies up here. Add a chair and an umbrella, and you can use this rooftop garden as your private reading nook or a space to relax at the end of a tiring day.

Here are 9 Creative rooftop garden ideas.

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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check out her books below:

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