Outdoor Oasis: Private Getaway With Pergola

Though situated in the suburbs, this backyard uses a high fence, thick bamboo screening and other plants to achieve the feeling of a private getaway. A large wood pergola brings up the far end of the yard, with a built-in bench and fire pit for entertaining friends. The space also includes a simple outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Backyard With Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers make a stylish landing pad for this petite urban backyard. Elfin thyme is the pretty green border in between.

Backyard With Bamboo Screen

For privacy in this backyard, a tall, horizontal fence and lush bamboo screening do the trick elegantly.

Sectional and Pergola with Windows

This wood and steel pergola allows for peeks through to the fence's lush vines. A myriad of patterned pillows are fun color on the sectional.

Fence With Succulents and Perennials

Drought-tolerant perennials and succulents surround the patio. Varying colors and shades of green add to the garden's visual appeal.

Custom Wood and Concrete Sofa

For entertaining, a large, custom-made wood and concrete sofa is set up in the back half of the backyard.

Patio Dining Area With L-Shaped Bench

A custom-made, L-shaped wood bench is handsome, easy seating around this patio's dining table.

Outdoor Dining Table and Wood Bench

One of this backyard's tasteful, space-saving moves is its custom-made, L-shaped bench that gracefully adds more seating around the dining table.

Backyard With Wood Pergola

Landscape designers for this backyard paid careful attention to the plants' texture and size. Thin, narrow bamboo is used as a privacy screen, as well as an existing cherry tree. Succulents and perennials bring in color.

Outdoor Sitting Area With Orange Chairs

A large wood-and-steel pergola shades this sitting area in the back of the yard. For coziness, there's a fire pit and a cheerful jumble of colorful pillows.

Agave in Garden

Agave and the groundcover stone crop layer the garden in pretty, varying shades of green.

Perennials and Succulents

Agaves, stone crop, euphorbia and anigozanthos are a bright combination of colors and textures in this backyard garden.

Backyard With Wood Pergola

For shade in this backyard, there are a cherry tree and a wood pergola; the pergola also acts as the main focal point. All around the border, plants soften the more industrial look of the concrete patio.

Minimalist Outdoor Kitchen With Green Egg

This backyard isn't big, but it has enough room for a simple outdoor kitchen, including a sleek concrete counter and green egg.

Modern Patio and Fire Pit

A custom, modern fire pit with fire balls was built in the back of this backyard. The perimeter is lush and pretty with succulents and herbs.

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