12 Budget-Friendly Backyards

Redoing the backyard doesn't have to blow your budget. Get inspired by these affordable pergolas, arbors and pathways.

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Old World, Meet New

A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area. (Design by Jamie Durie)

Find Your Zen

A small meditation room looks out on a grassy lawn contained by a colorful perennial bed. (Design by Joan Grabel)

Have a Seat

A pergola and vigorous container plants create a cool, shady spot to hang out on a hot summer day. (Design by Joan Grabel)

Smell the Roses

Climbing roses and statues define this sanctuary and separate it from the rest of the yard. (Design by Scott Cohen)

Pull Up a (Vintage) Chair

Four redwood posts and decomposed-granite flooring define a sitting area within this small garden. (Design by Pam Berstler)

Visit the Tropics

This small garden maximizes usable space and creates the feeling of a tropical hideaway. The anchor plant in the right bed, Japanese fiber banana (Musa basjoo) is hardy to USDA Zone 6. (Design by Heather Hardcastle)

Grassy Oasis

At the beach, where sand usually rules, this rooftop garden offers a welcome oasis of soft, green grass. (Design by Pamela Berstler)

Transform an Entry

A small side entry is transformed into usable garden space with a stylish pergola that blocks the view of second-story neighbors and creates sufficient shade for the large windows. (Design by Pamela Berstler)

Take in the View

A path carved into the side of a hill leads to a rustic bench and this quiet garden spot. (Design by Patricia Thernell)

Steps Away

Old World-style stairs guide visitors through lush gardens to a secluded sitting area. (Design by Bruce Meeks)

Meditate in Style

In this garden, a simple stone bench provides a place to be still and enjoy the play of light and shadow. (Design by Pat Wagner)

Tame the Weeds

A sloping, weedy backyard became three levels of very usable space in this beautiful makeover. (Design by John Black)

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