How to Turn Your Backyard into an Outdoor Oasis
28 June 2016

How to Turn Your Backyard into an Outdoor Oasis

Transform your backyard landscaping into a veritable oasis with the help of a landscape designer. Let the professionals guide you in selecting the right hardscapes, furnishings, waterscapes, lighting and other features that will turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

Transform Your Backyard Landscape into Your Favorite Living Space

There is no such thing as a backyard that cannot become a dream oasis. Transforming your backyard landscape into an exotic escape is really just a matter of getting the right ideas and using the right resources to bring your dream backyard design to life. Use landscape design, lighting and hardscapes to diversify your outdoor setting and to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis.

Start with a Focal Point

Your backyard landscaping should have a focal point whether it is your backyard garden, your swimming pool, your deck or a gazebo. Start your design with the focal point and expand it from there. Additionally, use cues from your existing interior and landscape design in your backyard design transformation. For example, if you use a lot of aquatic blue hues, then you may want to select soft stones and colors in your design scheme.

Use Hardscapes to Build Your Backyard Design

You can’t have an oasis without a comfortable, relaxing space to indulge in it, which is why it’s critical to create a patio, gazebo, walkway or other space for your to experience your backyard oasis.

Deck Out Your Deck or Patio

Most backyards or gardens have a deck or a patio where you can luxuriate and enjoy the great outdoors. If you don’t have such a space, create one. Get with a landscape architect to help you create requisite hardscapes for outdoor living.

  • Use stone or brick to create a patio
  • Invest in plush outdoor furniture for reclining and / or dining
  • Create shade with a pergola, umbrella, canopy or awning

Hire a landscape designer to help you select what’s best for your backyard design and to help you tie these structures in to the existing landscape architecture.

Backyard Oasis Design Ideas

Make It a Living Space

When you consult with your landscape designer, inquire how best to transform your backyard into a livable space. They’ll be able to advise you on:

  • Outdoor kitchen options including grills, sinks, bars, brick ovens, etc.
  • Seating including swings, dining tables and sofas

Importantly, for an oasis, you should be open to having seating and living spaces spread throughout your backyard landscaping and garden landscape.

Comfort is also important in your outdoor living space.  This means you should find an aesthetically-pleasing heating and / or cooling option for your outdoor oasis such as:

  • Fire Pit
  • Standing Heater
  • Celling Fan
  • Oscillating Fan

Lighting is another feature that is essential for elevating a backyard or garden landscape to the status of backyard oasis. Your landscape designer can give you ideas for sconces, lanterns, fans and other lighting features that will illuminate and accentuate your outdoor oasis.

Accentuate with Water Features

Add to the luxurious appeal of your backyard landscape with a water feature. Water features include concepts from:

  • Swimming pools
  • Water fountains
  • Spas
  • Hot Tubs
  • Steam along walkways

Create a Tropical Paradise

Once you have the stage set with hardscapes, walkways and living, accentuate it with foliage. Nothing says backyard escape like tropical landscaping. Adding lush tropical foliage make a huge difference in a backyard landscape design’s ambiance. Consider the following large, leafy plants in your tropical landscape design:

  • Elephant ears
  • Variegated hostas
  • Philodendrons
  • Gunnera
  • Palms

Tropical flora including orchids, hibiscus, and alpinia also lend to the vibrant aesthetic of an outdoor oasis.

Frame and Add Privacy

The last essential to any backyard oasis is privacy. The privacy of your backyard living space should be considered as part of the landscape architecture. In other words, don’t frame your yard in a stark contrast to the living accommodations. Instead, select boundaries that are harmonious with other landscape features. Options vary and include:

  • Fences
  • Screens
  • Shrubbery

You can use a combination of textures, levels and other features to create a boundary that gives you the privacy to feel as though you are in a world of your own in your exquisite, tropical backyard oasis.


Transform your backyard landscape into a true oasis with lighting, hardscape and other landscape design features. Get inspiration for your exquisite outdoor getaway from GPL Landscaping whose professionals can advise and guide you to pick the features that will leave you wanting little more than backyard time.

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