If you’ve ever seen flowers planted in an old tire, or an antique cabinet being used as a tool holder, then you might know a thing or two about interesting gardening. There’s nothing wrong with keeping things formal and arranging your garden the way most people do, but we understand the urge to do something different with your garden by using some unusual landscape ideas. This is why we devised a list of 6 ideas that you should definitely try if you want your garden or backyard to stand out.
6 Unusual Landscape Ideas to Keep in Mind
1. Boat Planter
Speaking of unusual things you can use as planters, how about a boat? This idea is perfect for people who have a lot of space in their garden or backyard, but it can also be tinkered with to fit a smaller space. We’re well aware that having an old boat around the house isn’t something that happens to a lot of people. If this is your case, then you’re extremely lucky. If not, you can fashion your own boat, as long as you’re willing to invest some time and effort into the project. Finally, you can also choose to buy one, so take a look at local yard sales and thrift shops.
Now, we know that filling a boat with water sounds crazy. After all, the whole purpose of a boat is to keep water out. But for the idea we have in mind, water is absolutely necessary. After filling the boat with water, think of plants that would thrive in a water garden. For instance, we recommend using lotuses, but you can also use water lilies, water hyacinth, or papyrus. They’re all gorgeous options that are going to make your garden the center of attention. Alternatively, if you don’t want to build a water garden, you can also fill the boat with soil and grow whatever plants you want there.
2. Realistic Chess Board
Are you a chess enthusiast? Do you like chess enough to build a huge chess table in your garden? If the answer is yes, this is definitely one of the best unusual landscape ideas for you. We’re not going to lie, this is a rather complicated landscape design. Still, the end result is definitely worth the effort you put it. There are many things you’re going to need in order to create a realistic chess board in your garden, from a neatly trimmed lawn to a bunch of white pebbles, and of course, chrysanthemums and other types of shrubs.
In order to create the chess board, you’re going to have to first take care of the actual board by alternating lawn pieces with pebble-covered ones. Then, you’ll have to start learning topiary. This is the practice of shaping plants until they develop a particular shape (in this case, the shape of chess pieces). If this sounds too complicated of a job, you can always employ your creativity and come up with alternatives. If you use multicolored pebbles and plants, you can create a wide variety of unusual landscape ideas.
3. Painted Snails
We know you don’t want to stumble upon snails in your garden. They tend to ruin the plants and make gardening more difficult for you. But how about sculptural snails made out of concrete? They can spruce up the look of your garden or backyard in an instant because of their size and coloring. We absolutely love the way their vivid colors contrast with the look of the plants around them. Plus, they bring a lot of brightness and whimsicalness to the landscape.
Of course, you don’t have to choose snail sculptures if you don’t like them. You can decide on virtually any kind of sculpture you think would look best in your garden. The vivid colors are not necessary either, but you can’t deny they look amazing painted in spirals. No matter the kind of sculptures you want to add to your garden landscape, sculptural work is definitely one of the most interesting and unusual landscape ideas you could try. Who says gardens are only supposed to be filled with plants?
4. Miniature Maze
Another landscape idea that is better suited for people who have a large garden, this one involves creating a miniature maze in your backyard. Yes, you heard that right! As you can imagine, this project involves a lot of work and patience. That’s because the hedges won’t grow in a heartbeat. Not to mention the fact that once they grow, you also have to shape them to form the maze, which might take a while as well. Still, having a miniature maze in your garden is not something many people can brag with. So if you want to be the one who comes up with unusual landscape ideas, you might want to give this project a chance.
Depending on the height of the hedges, they can also serve as a fence that provides you with privacy. However, this is not mandatory. In fact, we think the maze looks better when the hedges are pretty short. That’s because it gives you a chance to admire its design more easily. If you agree, plant dwarf shrubs instead of traditional ones. Forget about straight lines and conventional hedges. Try out all sorts of shapes and come up with a unique design. We advise you to create a sketch of the maze on a piece of paper before you start planting the hedges.
5. Bottles in a Tree
You lack trees in your backyard but you wish you had some? This is where this unusual landscape idea comes in. Since we’ve already established that gardens don’t have to contain strictly plants, we thought we would provide you with a unique tree design idea that can offer your garden a dash of color. The tree we’re talking about is made of colorful glass bottles. This project is less intricate than the one above. As a result, it’s suitable for people who don’t have a lot of time to invest in unusual landscape decorations, but who still want to have elements in their garden that not many people have.
All you need in order to create a tree made of bottles are a couple of glass bottles in different colors (or the same color if you prefer), and some type of sturdy wire that you can use to shape the branches. You don’t need any special adhesive to tape the bottles to the wire. You can simply place them on top of the branches, and their shape will secure them there. The tree in the image above is quite small, but you can also make it taller if you wish. Just keep in mind that the taller it is, the easier it will be for the wind and other weather elements to knock down the bottles or damage the structure in general.
6. Colorful Pathway
Do you have a pathway in your garden or backyard? Would you want one? How about one that looks like a true work of art? If you’ve answered yes to at least one of these questions, this is going to be your favorite project from today’s unusual landscape ideas list. Even if pathways serve a mostly practical function, that doesn’t mean you can’t make them look nice as well.
Even if it’s extremely difficult to tell, the pathway in the image above was created by putting together small tiles and forming a mosaic. By doing this, the designer turned a typical pathway into a real canvas that they filled with vibrant colors. You can achieve the same look through different methods. So you don’t have to look for tiles if you don’t want to. For instance, you can simply use paint, especially if you have a knack for painting. Use your imagination and play with different colors until you reach the desired shapes and overall design.
In case you’re unsure whether or not you want such a colorful pathway in your garden, you can make a temporary one by using multicolored chalk, like the one found in the Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk set you can buy here. What’s even better is that chalk can help you complete the design without making any mistakes. You can use the chalk to outline the design and then paint over it. This is to make sure you don’t make a mistake you can’t come back from.
Summing It All Up
Are you tired of the same old landscape designs that put a stop to your creativity? Then we hope today’s top 6 unusual landscape ideas were a breath of fresh air for you. The best thing about being a bit unusual when it comes to landscape design is the fact that you can be as creative and imaginative as you want. Anything goes, from shrubs shaped like chess pieces, to a water garden made out of a boat, to a tree made out of glass bottles. Don’t be afraid to experiment with backyard landscaping ideas and make your garden truly unique!