How should I landscape my huge backyard?


I have a huge backyard without any grass or any big trees for shade. We have a concrete slab where we put out umbrella and few chairs but want to do something there like put a BBQ maybe. attached is the layout of the front part of the yard. We have some mini fruit trees which are about 3-4 feet tall. Also have some vegetable beds. Any creative person or amateur landscaper has any suggestion on how to update the yard with perennial plants/trees/shrubs? I live in north Florida.

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  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 02, 2019

    If money were no object why not go with a outdoor kitchen on the cement slab (it would make a good foundation).

    Some nice seating.

    If you are in florida a pool would seem like a must.

    If you have a problem with insects a screened in porch would be nice.

    Possibly an outdoor shower so rinse off before going inside.

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    • Lamia Lamia on Apr 05, 2019

      Thank you for your suggestions. Money is an issue here so I am planning to do it over a period of time. Thank you for the links, I will go through them.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 03, 2019

    Visit your local nursery to get more information for your area and project. Wander around, ours have small vinettes of plantings and tress, fountains, etc. May give some inspirations.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Apr 03, 2019

    There are some great landscaping ideas on Pinterest for Florida. See if any of these inspire you:

  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 03, 2019

    A very large yard can be landscaped to create separate smaller areas such as a perennial garden sitting area or a Chinese meditation area or with possibly a different theme for each one.

  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Apr 03, 2019

    I offered up my tired old house to a landscape design class at a local community college. I have a VERY BUSY summer ahead of me! (and it was free!)

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    • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Apr 05, 2019

      I found out who the dept head was, then the name of the Landscape Design Instructor. It took about a year to get on the list, but the wait is well worth it.

  • Valleycat1 Valleycat1 on Apr 03, 2019

    Of this were mine, I would start with a pergola or trellis type cover over at least half the concrete slab, if not all, for much-needed shade. You could plant vines to green w over it if you like that loook. A full roof would be even better if budget permits. I would then create zoned areas in the rest of the yard, with natural looking plantings of assorted heights. Perhaps a secluded “secret garden” sitting area toward the back, walled in with plants. If you have kids, a grassy area and sand pit for play. The types of plants you use depends on exposure, what neighboring yards have as your background, and personal preferences.

    • Lamia Lamia on Apr 05, 2019

      Thank you for your response. Pergola is something we are considering but it is a distant future project. We want to have a separate place for kids but don't quite know how to place all that in there.

  • Ruth Ruth on Apr 03, 2019

    The very first thing you have to do is figure out how you want to use your yard. Have kids put animals? They need a space. Like to entertain? You need a space. Like a space to reflect or just have coffee? Enjoy gardening? Or want a yard that is super easy to take care of? Want shade? Where? Man made (want it now -, like a Pergola)

    Or natural (trees or hedges)? Need a place to store stuff, garden or otherwise.. Do you want to compost?

    Sure there's other ideas to consider, but first thing is to decide how do you choose to use your yard, IMHO.

    • Lamia Lamia on Apr 05, 2019

      Wow! I didn't even think about it like that. Maybe that is why I can't figure out what to do with it. We do have kids and want a play area for them. Pergola is a distant future project. I need more help on what and where to plant. we enjoy gardening and that is why we have those beds for vegetable garden. we are beginner gardeners so trying to have a easy care garden.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Apr 03, 2019

    As funds are probably an issue I would first plant some trees that will provide shady areas, especially near your patio. For me, I generally put in a few foundation beds at the front entrance for curb appeal and then near my seating area in back. You can then expand on these each year.

    I always buy only perennial plants & flowers so they return yearly. I'm careful to purchase only things meant for my growing zone so they do well with minimal extra care.

    Always watch for the special sales when the weather first gets warm and again at end of summer. Those are great times to buy some big bags of soil and mulch for the beds.

    Have fun and happy growing! 😎🌺🌻🌼

  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 04, 2019

    When you plant trees, the root system is aproxametly 3 times the width of the canopy. You want to give it plenty of room to grow. Have any underground utilities marked before planting.