19 Ideas to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

19 Ideas to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Every little effort you can make toward building a better backyard — or front yard — will make your outside time that much more enjoyable.


  • Shrubs - Adding some curated plants pulls together your outdoor space.
  • Flowers - Garden beds with flowers make any outdoor space look gorgeous.
  • Herb garden - Set aside a section of your garden for herbs or plant pots on the deck.
  • Trellis with ivy or roses - Climbing plants can be woven into trellises.
  • Bug zapper or spray - Zappers, candles, and other insect-mitigation tools keep biters away.
  • Outdoor furniture - You can lounge more easily with suitable furniture.
  • Pillows/blankets suitable for outside - Weather-friendly accessories for warmth and comfort.
  • A fire pit - Provide a spark of something extra with a fire pit.
  • A water feature - Add a fountain or make lawn upkeep easier with sprinklers.
  • A message board by the front door - Tired of missing people? Your front door needs a message center.
  • Light fixtures by the door - Modernize your outside with new light fixtures.
  • Solar lights lining garden paths - Solar lights or fairy lights give your yard ambiance after dark.
  • Shades to protect from the sun - Patio umbrellas or retractable shades protect from the sun.
  • A storage shed: Stash lawn and garden tools, games, and more.
  • Outdoor bar: Establish a space to store drinks, ice to keep them cold — or even a wet bar for mixing.
  • Birdbath: Make your outdoor space a bird haven by adding a birdbath.
  • Bird feeder: Feeding birds is another great way to entice your avian friends to flit around the yard.
  • Fence: A sweet little picket fence can delineate your yard and make it all look nicer.
  • Trees: Whether you want fresh fruit or some shade, consider adding a tree. 

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