A backyard is a place where memories are made, and a yard of any size holds ample potential. Armed with a sense of imagination and the right tools, you can design—or choose—backyard décor that feels welcoming and relaxing. The best backyards are multi-functional, incorporating aspects of formal outdoor gardens
and dining spaces into one. Add green details wherever they can fit—whether in garden planters
, garden beds, or alongside concrete walkways. Hanging plants and window boxes are other space-saving ways to add more life to your backyard, and they free up the ground for furniture and dining sets. And don't feel like you're limited to wicker or canvas furniture, either: Some of the best pieces can come from indoors with a few DIY finishing touches. Here, we gather some of our favorite backyard decorating ideas (with pictures!) to help you realize the possibility of your outdoor space all year round.