If you’re anything like us, you know that it’s not just the inside that counts—particularly when it comes to your house. Accenting the exterior of your home with natural elements, from flora and fauna to privacy trees, stonework, and water features, makes for a far more inviting space for your future guests (and not to mention a restful retreat for you!).
Here, we’ve compiled our favorite landscaping ideas in the hopes that they’ll inspire your next outdoor renovation. Let these backyard ideas motivate you to create your own beautiful garden or front lawn oasis without breaking the bank. From a perfectly-positioned rose arch that’ll give your home major English garden vibes, to a modern brick staircase dotted with flowers and a fabulous dug-out fire pit (s’mores, anyone?), there’s something here for just about every homeowner—no matter his or her design sensibility.
Of course, the best part of the ideas we’ve compiled here is that you can implement many of them without spending a fortune. We’ve got budget porch and patio decorating ideas, simple DIY tutorials, and easy hacks for thoroughly overhauling small backyards—and very few of them actually require a professional designer. Time to start dreaming and saving big!