If you're anything like us, you know that it's not just the inside that counts—when it comes to houses, that is! Accenting your home with natural elements, from flora and fauna to stonework and water features, makes for an instantly inviting space for guests (and not to mention a restful retreat for you!). Let these outdoor design ideas for shrubbery, walkways, and more inspire you to create your own beautiful backyard garden or front lawn oasis.
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Leave it to Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame to design such a stunning walkway for her garden. The vine-covered arbor overhead gives the outdoor space an ethereal feel.
Tools you'll need: $220, Wood garden arbor, .
Topiaries are a staple of New England landscaping. They're especially fitting in this colorful garden belonging to the president of One Kings Lane, as the shrub graces the brand's logo.
Tools you'll need: $92, Assorted boxwood topiaries, .
For this Wyoming home, the architects utilized an ancient aquifer to add truly remarkable water features.
Flower beds bursting with a variety of textures and colors adds interest to this rustic barn-turned-guest house, while hanging flower pots anchor the porch.
is practically indestructible, comes in beautiful hues, and is deer-resistant.
Tools you'll need: $10, Lavender seed packets, .
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Sweet autumn clematis climbs over the top of this country seen on .
Tools you'll need: $221, Garden gate, .
A glass-encased is nestled in this charming backyard garden.
Tools you'll need: Greenhouse, $1,160, .
The lush garden of this Napa Valley country cottage features , , , and fruit trees.
Tools you'll need: $10, Lavender seed packets, . $16, Rosemary plants, . $9, Reblooming iris, . $25, Meyer lemon tree, .
Fragrant blooms climb over a and line the pathways of this charming country cottage garden.
Tools you'll need: $41, Garden trellis, .
This farmhouse's garden is filled with all kinds of wonderful . Check out our list of the best ways to landscape with edibles.
Tools you'll need: $10, Assorted vegetable seeds, .
Create a quiet spot to relax in your yard by carving out space with and surrounding it with greenery and vines.
Tools you'll need: $27, Natural pumice gravel, .
A night-blooming species of , this plant features fragrant white flowers that open from sundown to sunup, midsummer to early autumn—you can literally watch them unfurl at dusk. While the vine reaches heights of more than 15 feet, you'll want to sow several to achieve the lush effect above.
Tools you'll need: $4, Morning glory seeds, .
Various varieties of engulf this home's garage, creating a fragrant and welcoming front yard.
Tools you'll need: $13, Hot pink rose bush, .
These polypropylene supports clamp onto the backs of pots—and practically disappear when screwed into a wall or fence. Designed to endure high winds, each can bear up to 100 pounds. Plant anything you'd typically put in a pot, including and annuals like the and bacopa.
Tools you'll need: $20 for five, Garden pot hangers, . $18, Culinary herb seeds, . $3, Mixed pansy seeds, .
Thyme blurs the lines between patio pavers.
Adding elevated steps to the front of your home can add dimension and texture. Frame them with abundant flowers and plants.
Boxwood hedges—whether rounded, squared off, or snaked through other borders—can add charm to any country garden.
Boxwoods surround a tranquil fountain outside this sunlight-drenched "she-shed."
Oak-leaf blooms and lady's mantle bloom in front of a former sugar shack overrun by wisteria vines, where the owners of this Ohio farmhouse host candelit dinners.
An archway covered in porcelain berry vines separates beds of black-eyed Susan, bee balm, and cat mint from this New York garden estate. The white, ruin-like columns in the distance were salvaged from a local bank.
Plant large, eye-catching flowers that will grow up and around a fence to create a beautiful walkway to your home.
Portulaca, variegated sage, cherry tomatoes, Padron peppers, parsley, and more thrive in galvanized troughs in the backyard of this California home.
A herbaceous border of catmint, delphinium, red-hot poker, and roses covers this garden.
Perennial plants surround a white wooden pergola in this plentiful backyard garden.
Twenty varieties of hosta create a lush patchwork in front of this New Hampshire barn.
An allée of fast-growing Bradford pear trees leads to this 1850s farmhouse.
Rounded and sword-shaped foliage populate this Pennsylania garden, adding interest to the front-yard border even when little is blooming. "The iris leaves act like exclamation points," the owner says.
Framed by wisteria, a Grecian- style planter holds a tangle of geraniums and sweet-potato vines outside of this Rhode Island home.