10 Beautiful Backyard Designs

Design the backyard retreat of your dreams with landscaping tips to create incredible yards, gardens and pools.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWhen looking for a pool for your outdoor space think function and design — think of your pool as a piece of art for the outdoors. (Photo by Scott Cohen of The Green Scene.)

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Design Tip: Kidney-shaped pools are out, and entire spa-pool experiences are in. Landscape artist Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., often designs yards where the pool is a focal point. "For many it's the place where everybody is going to hang out, " he says. "We do spas that seat eight to 10, or they can swim up to the water bar and play cards." Other great features include a water shoulder massage and vanishing edge pools.