When I moved into my house, my back “yard” was in a sorry state. A previous owner had poured concrete where there was probably once some grass. The rusted fence and abandoned ladders were the only ornamentation. (Do you recognize a certain four-legged someone in the second picture below?)
I have grand plans to put an addition on the back of the house, so I don’t want to put a lot of time, money, and/or effort into landscaping the back patio until I have a better sense of what’s going to happen to the back of the house. But obviously I had to do something with the back to make it a space where I would want to spend time.
So I had a temporary deck built, planted some trees and shrubs, and got some furniture and great cushions. I’m super happy with the overall result, given the minimal investment on my part, though–like the rest of the house–it continues to evolve. My latest and greatest ideas are to stain the deck a fun color or to have a couple of pieces of old metal furniture painted PINK. And when I look at that concrete slab, in my mind, I already see a lovely brick patio . . . .