31 Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

Do you have a boring backyard in desperate need of a makeover but lack the budget to make it happen?

Many people think that landscaping is an expensive hobby. But, what if I told you that backyard landscaping ideas on a budget are now a thing and it doesn’t actually cost a fortune to create your own slice of heaven outside your home?

Just like so many other DIY projects, landscaping on a budget is possible and there are so many tips and tricks you can use to save money. And there are so many materials you can work with, too: from the cheap to the expensive.

I’m as thrifty as they come and I am always trying to use DIY ideas I find on the internet to spruce up my backyard on a small budget. So, buckle up, as I guide you through an inspiring collection of images that will teach you how to landscape a yard on a budget.

Spectacular Stepping Stones

Jungle Magic

traditional stepping stones, wooden trellis and a bunch of flowers for landscaping  #steppingStones #Hardscaping #walkway #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping  #curbAppeal

Image credit: aesthetecurator.com

Isn’t it amazing how much you can achieve with a wooden trellis and a bunch of flowers? The pathway through this garden of dreams is paved with traditional, yet elegant stepping stones. For more exceptional backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, visit aesthetecurator.com.

Natural Bamboo Wall

backyard stepping stones walkway and bamboo plants as a fence  #steppingStones #Hardscaping #walkway #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping  #curbAppeal

Image credit: crunchhome.com

There’s something about stepping stones in a backyard that almost offers a book-like feel, as if you’re taking a mysterious path to a land of adventure. And, when you pair them with a natural bamboo wall, it’s basically a complete fairytale picture. Discover more inspiration for landscaping on a budget on crunchhome.com.

Scatter The Pattern

Asymmetrical and staggered stepping stones with a natural lawn  #steppingStones #Hardscaping #walkway #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping  #curbAppeal

Image credit: gentileforda.com

Front yard or backyard, it really doesn’t matter. Asymmetrical and staggered stepping stones with a natural lawn will give you a sense of balance, yet elegance through its simplicity. Those that want more ideas on how to landscape a yard on a budget have to check out gentileforda.com.

Creative Containers

A Piece Of Greece

tall vases for tall flowering plants  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: aesthetecurator.com

The imposing elegance of these tall vases isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but also easy to obtain, despite budget restrictions. The entire setup is reminiscent of a Santorini landscape, which can easily be recreated in your very own backyard. Admire more large container ideas for your yard over at aesthetecurator.com.

Backyard Honeymoon

floral/container/tiki torch combination  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: homyfeed.com

If there’s anything that can give you that killer Punta Cana type of a backyard look, it’s this floral/container/tiki torch combination. This is a wonderful combo that brings together earth, flowers, and fire and proves that you can make your yard look as amazing as you want. Explore more awesome ideas like these on homyfeed.com.

Pots ‘N Plants

lemon trees in a bid pot  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: thepottedboxwood.com

Just look at these lemon trees in their big containers! What a stunning visual effect! Not only will this idea give your backyard a unique vibe, but it's affordable and allows you to play with colors to give your outdoor space a dream-garden look. If you want to explore more lemony ideas, go over to thepottedboxwood.com.

Jasmine Accolades

climbing potted plant that creates an archway  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: mydesiredhome.com

Affordable and appealing, check out this climbing potted plant idea that gives you an Instagrammable archway, so you can maximize the greenery in your backyard. You can discover more simple backyard landscaping ideas on a budget on mydesiredhome.com.

Hanging By a Moment

Vertical Improv

garden around the fence including hanging flowering plants  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: gentileforda.com

What do you do when you’re on a budget, short on backyard space, but still want to make it look magical? You turn to hanging plants! This trick allows you to take advantage of every little bit of vertical space, so you can spruce up your yard with some color. For more backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, visit gentileforda.com.

Drops Of Color

hanging potted plants, raised flower bed and a solid wooden fence  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: wonderfulbackyard.com

With a raised flower bed and a solid wooden fence, you can create a wonderful backyard setup that offers both privacy and relaxation. And, when you add some hanging potted plants to the equation, you’re giving life to what would otherwise be just another wooden fence! Learn more affordable landscaping tips on wonderfulbackyard.com.

Wooden Support

outdoor space, with firepit, hanging plants on a wood posts  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: creativediys.com

The beauty of having hanging plants in your garden is that you don’t need to place them alongside a wall or a fence. As you can see in this image, you can get really creative with your plant supports. This idea gives those wooden posts that are laying around in your garage a meaningful purpose. Explore this project in depth at creativediys.com.

Terrific Towers

Succulent Ideas

succulents inside the fountain  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

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A small backyard fountain is another affordable trick that can create an elegant effect in any yard. Plant some succulents inside the fountain for an evergreen setup that’s bound to give your guests something to talk about at the next gathering. If you’re looking for more landscaping on a budget ideas, take a look over at cgmaille.com.

Flower Tower Madness

plant tower using 4 flower top arrange from big to smallest  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: wonderfulbackyard.com

Flower towers will never go out of style and that’s not just because they are an affordable centerpiece for any yard. They also make for a fun DIY project that can get the family together on a Saturday afternoon, resulting in something that everyone can take pride in. Check out more flower tower madness at wonderfulbackyard.com.

From XS To XL

asymmetry succulent tower pot  #flowers #containers #planters #gardenplanters #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal #curbAppeal

Image credit: huisgenoot.com

What I absolutely adore about this setup is the asymmetry of the entire picture. Put those pots laying around in the garage to work and arrange a mix of small and big containers, to create a flower tower unlike any other you’ve seen before. If you need more ideas on how to landscape a yard on a budget with flower towers, huisgenoot.com has more treats is store for you.

Exquisite Garden Beds

Setting The Stage

Elevated garden beds with wood design  #flowerbeds #flowers #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal #curbAppeal

Image credit: justaddblog.com

Elevated garden beds are another great way to landscape your backyard if you’re short on cash. Play around with different edging materials, like you see here. Wood makes a nice statement, but you can always use metal, brick, or even cobblestones. Find many similar ideas on justaddblog.com.

Holding It Together

elevated garden bed with stones and wood on the edges  #flowerbeds #flowers #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal #curbAppeal

Image credit: hometalk.com

You’d think that different-sized stones would be a pain to use for edging, particularly if you want the edge to be slightly elevated. No worries, that’s what wire fencing is for! And, if you use stepping stones for the nearby pathway, the visual appeal will be off the charts! For more playful, elevated garden ideas, take a peek over at hometalk.com.

Miniature Herb Garden

2 level elevated garden bed and the edges are made of wood  #flowerbeds #flowers #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal #curbAppeal

Image credit: farmfoodfamily.com

Oh boy, this little project right here has got me super excited! It’s basically an elevated garden bed divided into sections that allow you to plant your favorite herbs and spices. All you really need are some wooden planks to create the edges and separate the sections and some good soil. Discover more landscaping ideas for small yards on farmfoodfamily.com.

Steep & Beautiful

inclined yard as an elevated garden bed with hard rocks  #flowerbeds #flowers #garden #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping  #curbAppeal

Image credit: garagela.info

Not going to lie: this elevated garden bed might be inexpensive, but building it involves a lot of elbow grease and hard work. It’s probably better left for those of you with an inclined yard. The only thing that’s missing here to make this scene picture-perfect is a man-made creek, flowing through the rocks. You can find extra landscaping ideas on a budget on garagela.info.

Rockin’ Rock Beds

Rocky 

rocks to cover the garden ground  #flowers #garden #flowerbeds #Hardscaping #mulch #rocks #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: aacmm.com

Do you see something in this picture that’s caught your eye, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Let me help you: it’s the rocks. Store-bought or collected from your journeys, rocks will always make the perfect landscaping material, be it for an improvised fountain or driveway edging. Don’t be afraid to explore more breathtaking budget landscaping ideas on aacmm.com.

Pebbled Patterns

white rocks to highlight big potted plants  #flowers #garden #flowerbeds #Hardscaping #mulch #rocks #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: crunchhome.com

Here’s one more example of how rocks can complete your garden bed and add more personality and elegance to your landscaping. Add a low or flush metal edge to create an intricate border and fill it with pebbles. For more ideas with rocks and for other simple backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, head over to crunchhome.com.

Round & About

minimalist corner landscaping design with white rocks  #flowers #garden #flowerbeds #Hardscaping #mulch #rocks #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: perry-rhodan-usa.com

White rocks achieve a marble-like effect, making the corners of your yard look more elegant and expensive. Rounded stones give this patio a fine look and the hidden floor lights will create playful shadows during nightfall. If you need more inspiration on how to landscape a yard on a budget, perry-rhodan-usa.com is here to assist you.

Bed Of Rocks

rocks in different sizes and pebbles to cover the garden ground  #flowers #garden #flowerbeds #Hardscaping #mulch #rocks #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: abchomy.com

If you have rocks and stones of different colors that you’d like to include in your landscaping project, this setup shows you how to do it. You can use the larger rocks around the edges, while filling in the gaps with smaller stones, for a beautiful look. Dig deeper into the world of garden rock ideas on abchomy.com.

It is also a great idea for covering up mud and dirt in your backyard as I wrote in one of my posts.

The Minimum Is the New Maximum

Green Is Life

simple garden with a few trees, a bike and flower pots  #grass #lawn #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: feelikeroom.com

If everything else fails, you can never go wrong with planting some trees. You’re doing good for yourself and the planet, not to mention creating a nice spot to hide from the summer sun. So never discount the affordable and convenient option of landscaping with trees. You’re one click away from more ingenious backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, over on feelikeroom.com.

Out Of A Fairytale

simple backyard landscape where all the plants are on the sides   #grass #lawn #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: justaddblog.com

Even when you don’t have that much backyard space to work with, you can add trees in the corners of your garden, or plant smaller ones to save space. Trim the bushes around the fence and you’ve got yourself the perfect spot to chill at the end of a long day. Visit justaddblog.com for more inspiration for your next backyard project.

No Stress With Less

trimmed lawn with a tree at the center and it is surrounded by rocks  #grass #lawn #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: aesthetecurator.com

If it’s a minimalistic landscaping idea you’re into, you surely won’t exceed your backyard budget with this idea. A trimmed and healthy lawn is your best bet for keeping it simple, while still offering yourself and your guests a corner where they can relax and enjoy the view. Navigate through other landscaping ideas on a budget on aesthetecurator.com.

Trees And Fences

Bliss In The Trees

trees around the fence with an appealing back light  #trees #fence #gardenfence #gardenfenceideas #privacyfenceideas #privacyfence #privacylandscape#backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: desellandco.com

Don’t these backlit trees look appealing at dusk? This is a wonderful and inexpensive idea that creates a pleasant scene for those looking to enjoy the greenery of their backyard, even at night. Stay on top of your landscaping game with more amazing ideas from desellandco.com.

Elementary, My Dear Yard

A fresh green lawn, some plant beds along the edge of the fence, and some perfectly aligned trees for symmetry: this is what you get when you follow these simple backyard landscaping ideas on a budget. Discover more ideas like these on backyardjazlynblog.whowhatwear.ru.

Tree Playtime

trees on the fence edges and flower on the trees base  #trees #fence #gardenfence #gardenfenceideas #privacyfenceideas #privacyfence #privacylandscape#backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: poserforum.net

This is where minimalist meets the beauty of trees, in an attempt to save some backyard space, but still create an amazing landscape for less money. You can plant your favorite flowers at the base of the trees, or simply let the lawn do its magic. Stay in the landscaping game and witness more out-of-this-world ideas on poserforum.net.

Take It Outside

Hot Summer Nights

outdoor space with fire pit and throw pillow on the round concrete bench  #outdoorSpace #outdoorFurniture #backyardLighting #outdoorLights #OutdoorLighting #firepit #backyardFurniture #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: decoraiso.com

It’s amazing what a large impact a few throw pillows can make in any backyard gatehring spot. You can purchase affordable outdoor furniture, or repurpose and revamp that old couch in the garage by adding a bunch of throw pillows. Landscaping on a budget doesn’t have to be a headache, not if you visit decoraiso.com for extra inspiration.

A Trip Down Romance Lane

garden living space  #outdoorSpace #outdoorFurniture #backyardLighting #outdoorLights #OutdoorLighting #backyardFurniture #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: aacmm.com

Don’t be fooled by this idea -- it doesn’t take a lot of money to create that romantic look with pillows, lights, and a bunch of greenery. Lights are super inexpensive and available in a lot of different home improvement stores and throw pillows are so easy to make, you can do it yourself on a lazy weekend afternoon. Dive into aacmm.com for more awesome landscaping ideas.

Rockabye Baby

outdoor wooden swing  #outdoorSpace #outdoorFurniture #swing #backyardFurniture #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit: foodliy.com

Did you know that you can make your own outdoor wooden swing in one day and enjoy the results for a long time to come? This is the perfect landscaping option for those who want peace and quiet in their own backyard. Draw future ideas for landscaping on a budget from foodliy.com

Inside Out

outdoor living room seating spot with a fire pit  #outdoorSpace #outdoorFurniture #firepit #backyardFurniture #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas #backyard #landscaping #curbAppeal

Image credit:  homebestidea.com 

What’s not to love about having your favorite outdoor living room seating spot nestled under the dark, starry sky? If this firepit looks too fancy for you, you can always replace it with an outdoor coffee table, the perfect spot for your glass of red wine. If you’re in need of more simple backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, homebestidea.com is the website to check out.

Did You Like Our Backyard Landscaping Ideas On A Budget?

What did you think of my round-up of backyard landscaping ideas on a budget? As you can see, redesigning your backyard on a budget it isn’t all that complicated. I, for one, am guilty of keeping bits and pieces of material and old stuff that I think I won’t need. 

But, as long as you put your imagination to good use, these seemingly useless items can really add some style to your backyard projects. 

What’s the strangest household item you’ve used in a landscaping project? Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know and, if you think this piece might be useful to someone you know, feel free to pass it on!

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2 thoughts on “31 Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget”

  1. My husband and I want to make our backyard look more appealing so we can finally have guests over for a backyard BBQ or just chill drinks. We’re looking for a landscaping service that can help us achieve a minimalistic and relaxing look. I love your idea about backlit trees because it looks so aesthetically-pleasing and will make our space look like a resort. I’ll share this with the service we will hire so they can incorporate it into our yard. Thanks a lot!

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