Landscaping ideas around the U.S.

Get landscaping ideas from landscaping styles around the country

When you have a beautifully landscaped backyard or front yard, you can step into your perfect state of mind by just passing through the threshold of your door. And with these landscaping ideas inspired from styles around the country, you can also feel as if you’ve travelled to another region with the right garden landscaping or yard landscaping elements.

Desert landscaping

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Where you’ll see it most

Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah

What elements make up these yards

Landscaping rocks, cacti and shrubs, synthetic grasses, light-colored materials, fireplaces or fire pits, plant beds and containers

How it can inspire your landscaping ideas

When you’re garden landscaping desert-style, balance your yard with grass and rocks. And opt for anything that is low-maintenance and needs little water, like vegetation native to the Southwest such as cacti and shrubs.  

English landscaping

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Where you’ll see it most

The Midwest and East Coast

What elements make up these yards

Vines, fences, flowers, benches, ruins, ponds, lakes, rolling lawns

How it can inspire your landscaping ideas

Forget formal garden landscaping. The English landscaping calls for looser, irregular features that marry the natural world with symmetry and order right in your front and backyard. Bring a water element into your yard, be it a pond, lake or fountain. Plant groupings of colorful bursts of flowers. Find an antique stone sculptural element to add a touch of mystery and history.

Tropical landscaping

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Where you’ll see it most

Florida, California

What elements make up these yards

Bright, tropical flowers and plants, bamboo fences, tiki torches, shade structures, swimming pools, fire pits

How it can inspire your landscaping ideas

Incorporate bold colors into your landscaping and tropical plants like palms into your garden landscaping. If you have the room and gumption, add a pool to your backyard for refreshing summer fun. At the very least, welcome a hammock into the backyard, so you can take refuge beneath some shade and relax on hot days that mimic the tropics.  

Traditional landscaping

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Where you’ll see it most

All around in the suburbs and in master-planned communities

What elements make up these yards

Manicured plants, fountains, statues, fireplaces, built-in barbecues, brick, stone, pavers, wood

How it can inspire your landscaping ideas

Plan your garden landscaping with geometrical shapes, symmetry, and repeated patterns in mind. Be ready to keep your lawn well-trimmed and plants well-maintained. Also choose materials like brick, stone, pavers or wood for the more traditional feel, and consider having an outdoor entertaining space complete with fireplace or barbecue to wow your guests.

Modern landscaping

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Where you’ll see it most

Throughout the U.S. and usually combined with other landscaping styles.

What elements make up these yards

Creatively used furniture, concrete, wood, structures more emphasized than plants, bold geometry, streamlined designs.

How it can inspire your landscaping ideas

For sleek, bold landscaping, select green plants with interesting structures. Add pops of color with your furniture, planters or walls. Overall try to create bold contrast in your yard. For example, on a simple concrete slab, draw the eye in with a bright piece of furniture.