Let's face it, front yard landscaping is a public thing, more for everyone who passes by your property than for you living there. That front landscaping creates 'curb appeal' but the only chance most homeowners have to enjoy their front yard is when they are leaving for work or returning home.
In sharp contrast to that, backyard landscaping is more for you and your family. It's often been called 'outdoor living space.' Whether you're out back playing with the kids, swimming, gardening, grilling, or just plain relaxing on your deck or patio, chances are you spend a great deal more time in your backyard than in the front yard. Therefore, it only makes sense to have attractive backyard landscaping for your own personal enjoyment and privacy.
Most backyards have more space to work with than other areas of your property, so it's possible to use a few larger trees and shrubs that wouldn't fit in a more constricted front lawn or landscape bed. Outdoor kitchens with built-in ovens have also gained popularity in 21st Century backyards. The possibilities are endless!
Backyard landscaping creates more opportunities for landscape features like garden gates and large flowering shrub borders. Creating a shrub border enclosure around the perimeter of your backyard softens architectural features, creates privacy, and provides a feeling of security.
An open gate or archway adds mystery by drawing a garden visitor's eye and imagination to the garden on the other side. There doesn't even have to be that much planted there if an archway is carefully placed.
Another way to add interest to backyard landscaping is by adding a focal point off in the distance.
While gazebos are pleasant to spend time relaxing in, merely having one in your backyard will create a feeling of calm and relaxation when viewed from a distance. You might even consider it your "calm scene."
Features like waterfalls and fountains not only add visual interest, but also create a symphony of relaxing sound. Night lighting extends and modifies the visual pleasure of moving water into the nighttime hours.