Since I was young, being outside has definitely been my favorite place to be. I was the tomboy who spend every single moment outside in the summer, even when the weather was over 100 degrees. All I needed was a nice shade tree, a snack, and something cold to drink, and I was good to go.
My parents always had a beautiful backyard when I was growing up. I always felt like I was in a forest or on a vacation somewhere when I ventured outdoors.
The thing was, they never spent a ton of money either. They just made sure to add the right elements and keep everything well groomed.
The moment my husband and I bought a house, we couldn’t wait to work on the backyard. I wanted a place I could enjoy in the evenings, reading a book or have a place to relax and get away from the daily stresses of life.
All of these cheap backyard ideas are easy, affordable, and create the perfect inviting ambiance for you to enjoy! P.s – be sure to follow us on instagram for more backyard scenes 🙂
Add a corner garden
Remember this cheap corner garden from last year, that really upped the game for our yard. This year, the honeysuckle is overflowing and adds not only a pretty touch, but a beautiful smell during the summer! The whole thing cost about $20 to do!
Add some vines
Vines are so dreamy, in my opinion especially when they spill over a pathway. I love when they start creeping up a tree too. Plus, they are a great option for a place that doesn’t grow grass well or to cover a large area.
Add a pathway
This is one we are working on now! Pathways throughout a yard are so pretty, and they are great space fillers. You can make them with rock or concrete. We have made some with rocks from the yard for a totally free project.
Container gardens are my favorite way to add a dreamy ambiance. I am obsessed with hibiscus and have them all over my yard in pots. They really make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise! I just love them! Read all my hibiscus tips here to grow your own too!
Tall Potted Plants
Aside from flowers, tall potted plants like trees or monkey grass are also really awesome. They add a certain elegance to you yard or porch area. Instead of digging a hole and potting them, you can keep them in containers for easy care and to move around too.
Add a pergola
Pergola’s are pretty expensive, but we built out own last year. We just bought the wood and the stain. It took a few days to complete, but it instantly added a dreamy ambiance to the yard. People come over all the time and are blown away by how good the yard looks with it!
I know I show you this on snapchat (alexisroch) all the time, but I love my porch swing more than anything. I spend a least once a day on it, if not more. We hung ours from the pergola, but they are perfect handing from the house too. Having a place to swing is the best, plus they really boost the feel of your yard. This is from last summer right after we built it…the bulldog loves it too 😉
Lights are an absolute must. Last year I shared my favorite backyard elements and talked about some of my favorite lights. We have them hanging from the pergola and they are great at night.
I love bird baths! They are great for birds, of course, but they are also great for planters or just beauty!
I made this trellis last year and have added on it (you see it in the photo above) now since my roses keep growing. It is a great statement piece and perfect for vines, climbing roses, or any climbing plant. You can do almost anything with them too. We spray painted ours and outlined it with another thick wood. You can add trellis to a fence or wall, even against a tree.
You can make your own trellis or buy it. Either way, it is a very affordable option and looks so pretty!!
There are so many cheap backyard ideas to create a dreamy inviting ambiance!
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