1) Size of back garden or yard
2) Soil quality
3) Tree coverage
5) Light6) Shade
7) Seasons of the year (heat and/or freezes)
These items are important to consider because they determine the type of plants you will plant, where you will plant them and how many plants you will plant.
Following are some ideas for your garden landscaping:
Plant beds with pathways--To have pathways in your backyard is a nice complement to your home. They can be areas where you put down mulch or sea shells and lay bricks or some type of stone around them to define them. Yes this requires some expense and work but it is well worth it when completed. Planting flower/plant beds around the pathways creates a relaxing and enjoyable use of backyard space.
Grass--Many people have an all grass back garden. This is particular true for families with pets that need an area to run around in and use the bathroom. Grass is fairly easy to maintain. It requires mowing and weeding but overall it is a good choice for a family that wants minimal maintenance.
Fenced in backyard--Fencing in a garden is a good idea if you have pets. It's also great in the privacy that it presents. Inside the fence, the yard can be landscaped however you want to do it; all grass, pathways, plants and grass....
Pool with a concrete or stone decj--If there is room and within budget, adding a pool, particularly in warm climates is an ideal way to landscape your back yard or garden. Around the pool you can have any type of decking that you desire; stone, concrete, brick, plants in beds...Pools are great places to have social events as well. Add a grill near the pool and you have just the right ingredients for a wonderful party.
Screened in porch--Adding a screened in porch to your backyard is always an attractive alternative. Screen porches provide for night time relief from mosquitoes and bugs that like to come out at night. Most also have a patio with them that can include a grill and chairs with plants in beds around them.