The Essentials for a Relaxing Backyard

The most successful family backyards offer space for everyone to enjoy: a place for children to play, somewhere to cook and eat outside, and an area to unwind and relax in the evening.
Bench Seating Offers Quiet Place to Relax

Bench Seating Offers Quiet Place to Relax

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Family Garden

Secluded Hide-Away

Design an area where you and the children can relax and take time to talk or read. This pretty arbor seat is ideal, and offers a cool, shady spot from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the yard.

Outdoor fireplace

This vibrant yellow outdoor fireplace creates a wonderful focal point and warm homely atmosphere for evening gatherings, while also lending the garden a bold, contemporary look.

Hammock

A hammock may well be the perfect place to unwind alone with a book in a shady part of the yard, but there is no denying that it can also be a lot of fun, doubling as an impromptu piece of play equipment. It will be popular with every member of the family.

Barbeque

No back yard would be complete without somewhere to cook outdoors. A brick-built barbeque in a corner of a patio that is always there, ready to be fired up, will get more use than one that needs to be brought out from storage each time you want to use it.

Next Up

Backyard Sports Courts

A backyard sports court can be a great way to enjoy family activities close to home. Find out more from HGTV.

Beautiful Backyard Landscaping and Pool

For homeowners who didn't simply want a pool in their backyard, designer Janice Parker created a one-of-a-kind outdoor space that complements the surroundings and still has everything the homeowners wanted.

Outdoor Spaces at HGTV Dream Home 2015

Designed to take advantage of the Martha's Vineyard location, this landscape is a mix of evergreens and flowering plants.

How to Design a Backyard That Feels Like a Private Paradise

San Diego-based architect and designer Bill Bocken shares his expert tips for creating a beautiful retreat right in your backyard.

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Add personality to your back yard with easy landscaping ideas and design plans.

Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans.

Plant a Child-Friendly Garden

Even 2- and 3-year-olds can help plant their own little patch, and watch as life unfolds around them.

Family Planting: Pond in a Pot

Those with a small yard can enjoy the aesthetic and wildlife benefits that a pond can bring.

Planning Your Outdoor Space

A master plan that incorporates everything from long-range projects to nitty-gritty details will help you design the backyard of your dreams.

Small Backyard Landscape Design

Turn your small backyard into a big asset with easy landscape design ideas.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.