The front yard creates curb appeal. It provides a first impression and sets the tone for your property. You probably considered what others would think when you created your front yard plan. The backyard is completely different. This is your sanctuary for relaxation. Below are essentials to include in your plans to create a tranquil retreat-like atmosphere.

Longvue Garden Water Fountain

Longvue Garden Water Fountain

  • Tiered Water Feature for Garden - A backyard oasis is nothing without at least one water element. Although any fountain will offer a soothing sound there is something a little special about a tiered water feature. For garden areas and flower beds, you can get away with small solar fountains, but to create a focal point, you need one that's a little more dynamic. Tiered fountains are favored for the distinct sound they make as water flows from one tier to the next.

Kenroy Sherwood Outdoor Floor Fountain

Kenroy Sherwood Outdoor Floor Fountain

  • Fire Element - Fire and water go hand-in-hand. Although you probably won't have a fire burning all day in the summer, when the sun goes down, or on a cooler day, it sure is nice to have the option.
  • Shade - You definitely need shade or you won't be comfortable out there for very long. Umbrellas are always a great option. If you decide you want to build a solid cover, you may want to rethink your plans and opt for open shade bars instead. They won't give you full shade, but they will allow heat to escape to keep the space more comfortable.
  • Hammock - Have you always dreamed of enjoying afternoon naps on a hammock, but you have never had two perfectly spaced trees? No problem! There are tons of hammocks available today that can be enjoyed on a hammock stand placed anywhere on your property.

Oliva Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

Oliva Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

  • Potted and Hanging Plants - You're probably thinking that since you have flower beds, you don't need any potted plants. Well, you may want to at least add a few because plants transpire, which simply means that they evaporate moisture. Having a few potted plants or allowing some to crawl your pergola is essentially like having an outdoor air conditioner, especially in dry climates. They can cool an outdoor area by up to 15 degrees.

Flores Pedestal Garden Water Fountain

Flores Pedestal Garden Water Fountain

  • Bird Accessories - Inviting living art to your backyard will enhance its beauty. Bird feeders, houses, and baths are essential. You may even want to consider a birdbath fountain to complement your tiered water feature. Birds are attracted to moving water. Plus, as long as it is moving it won't have the chance to get stagnant.