Where you live, how much you entertain, and how you like to relax will help guide your decision on what to include in your backyard landscaping plans. The key to great outdoor entertaining is making sure that you and your guests feel just as comfortable as they would be indoors.
Turn your backyard area into an entertainment retreat with a lounging and eating area or a refreshment bar along with a hot tub. Add a pergola or gazebo for extra shade and privacy, a trickling waterfall, and a patio area complete with bar, grill and outdoor kitchen and you'll never have to leave your home for an exotic winter vacation.
There are many types of outdoor kitchens, from a simple grill and countertop setup to a more elaborate kitchen with a sink, counter, cupboards, grill, stovetop and refrigerator. The type you choose will depend on whether you entertain a lot, how big the groups you entertain are, and of course, how big your pocket is. Cooking implements may include gas grills, charcoal grills, wood smokers or fire ovens.