These outdoor spaces minimize yard work and keep the focus on enjoyment.
Whether you are hoping to conserve water, cut down on time spent weeding and mowing, or just want to make the most of your outdoor space, these backyard ideas prove that low maintenance doesn’t have to mean boring.
Bocce ball court. With a bocce ball court, fire pit and minimal plantings, this water-wise backyard is primed for parties. String lights around the perimeter illuminate the court at night and add to the ambiance.
Cool urban hangout. A small, outdoor living room positioned at the highest point in the yard provides a lookout and the steel fire pit creates a welcoming spot to gather in the evening.
Room for entertaining. This luxurious yard was designed with entertaining in mind, with a series of outdoor rooms spanning the length of the yard. Shown in the foreground is a comfy outdoor living room zone with ample seating for a crowd. A path meanders by a small green space and ends at an outdoor fireplace and dining table.
Sweet and petite. This backyard may be small but it still manages to pack in tons of features, from the raised deck dining area to the office shed. A hanging chair, gas fire table and mini-lawn area provide nooks to explore.