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40 Stunning Landscape Design Ideas

An integral part of your home's overall look and livability, proper landscaping not only makes your property more beautiful, it can also turn your front yard or backyard into your own little oasis. Be inspired by these designer landscapes that use plants, hardscapes, structures and water features to create outdoor spaces that are a cut above.

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Landscaping: Make Your Home a Stand-Out

Unlike more expensive structural upgrades, landscaping is a do-it-yourself project that will not only increase your home's value but will also make your great oudoors look and feel even greater every day for your family. Plus, gardening has been clinically proven to boost your mood and is excellent exercise. So, what are you waiting for? Our 40 ideas will encourage you to head outdoors to give both your front yard and backyard a lush landscape that fits your style and lifestyle.

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Photo: Mark Pinkerton, vi360. From: Casa Smith Designs, LLC.

Create an Outdoor Room

Clever landscape design makes this cozy brick patio feel like an extension of the home. Overflowing raised planters and topiaries frame the space, while the outdoor rug establishes the seating area. Not sure which type of outdoor furniture is right for your space? Get our pro tips, below.

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Photo: Lepere Studio. From: Margie Grace.

Don't Waste a Good View

If your property overlooks a gorgeous vista like this, your landscape should support it. A flagstone and gravel patio maintains a much more natural look than concrete would, and Adirondack chairs are the perfect balance of comfy and low-profile, ensuring these rolling California hills are the stars of the show. Want to add a stone fire pit to your great outdoors? Get DIY tips and learn necessary safety considerations, below.

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Photo: Design 4 Corners. From: Design 4 Corners.

Grow Some Shade

A sunny day spent outdoors is good for your mood and boosts your naturally occuring levels of vitamin D — but, like most things, too much of a good thing can be, well, too much. The solution? Give outdoor spaces an organic boost of ambiance by planting climbing vines, tropical shrubs and a few shade trees so you can easily beat the heat. Learn more about growing your own shade, below.

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