The backyard presents endless possibilities for transformation. Obviously, that is not true. The end may come smack up against you when you look at your bank account. Or the end may be based on how small the space your backyard provides. Or, and this is the key, the end may come in the form of not being creative or imaginative enough to see beyond the meager bank account or the limited. But, hey, that’s the one that’s easy to smash through.
A backyard waterfall is not just an excellent way to create more decorative drama in the backyard, it can actually, under the best circumstances, give you a psychological edge. The sound of gently running water may allow you to sleep better, thus making you more rest upon waking, thus making you more alert to the psychology of dealing with stress. Backyard waterfalls run the gamut from the outrageously garish to an almost monasterial simplicity. Don’t immediately get an idea of what a backyard waterfall should or must look like. You want just an extremely digested version of the materials available for making a backyard waterfall? Rocks, synthetic rocks, grass, PVC piping, metal, rubber, ceramic, flowers, sand, clay, plastic, steel. That is quite literally just the tip of a great big iceberg that can become a waterfall whether your backyard is an acre of land or tiny little plot of land squeezed up against the house snuggled into place on the other side of the Spielbergian stretch of suburbia.
A Japanese garden also is capable of providing a sense of psychological space. It really is not that all that complicated and, if you like it, you can make it more complex little by little. Here are some of the elements of a Japanese garden to get you started. You want to ensure you have stepping stones and the smaller and more ornamental the better. Add a pagoda in the form of a birdhouse or even a less utilitarian bit of decoration. Judicious use of bamboo certainly adds to the effect and can be quite the stunning focal point of a brand new look for your backyard.
One common backyard problem is really just a great idea waiting to happen. A topiary usually calls to mind animals, but keep in mind that taking the cutters to your out of control bushes, vines and trees need not necessarily wind up looking like something from Stephen King’s version of the Overlook Hotel. Any ornamental design that you cut into shape in a tree, vine or bush will wind up being the definition of a topiary. The key isn’t to make it look professional, though if you have the money to pay a professional by all means do so. No, the key is to shape the shapeless into something recognizable. That may mean nothing more complex than making a Christmas tree shape out of a lumpy bush. Or, it may be creating a work of art that leaves visitors breathless. The point is that a topiary is one of the most effective ways to transform the look of a backyard that is known to man.