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    The Party Host’s Guide to Backyard Landscape Design in Indianapolis

    If you love entertaining, good backyard landscape design blends both hardscapes and softscapes to create a welcoming space for you and your guests. A few parts of your backyard landscape design to consider when building the outdoor entertaining area are features, eating and seating areas, and cooking and prep areas.


    Having a feature in your entertaining space is a great way to get guests talking and provide an interesting space to host. Features are anything from a beautiful fountain, a sculpture, to a fire pit or heater. Features are functional, in the case of the fire pit, or ornamental like a fountain or sculpture.

    With any feature, they are a way to add beauty and interest to your backyard landscape design. A good landscape designer suggests features that best work with and enhance your space.

    Seating and Eating

    With any good entertaining space, hosts must consider where the guests will sit. Whether eating or just chatting with friends, a comfortable, well-planned space makes all the difference. It has been proven that being outdoors lowers stress and boosts your mood. What a great gift to your guests!

    Flexible spaces, such as a covered patio, are used as needed. The most important thing to consider is that there is ample, comfortable space for guests to mingle and enjoy themselves.

    Cooking and Prep

    Whether entertaining for a meal or offering light snacks, having a great area outdoors to cook and prepare food is ideal. It allows the host to be with the guests, instead of hiding in the kitchen cooking, plus it is easy and convenient to have the food where guests will be eating.

    Outdoor kitchens vary greatly in design but usually include a grill and sink/prep area. Depending on your entertaining style, incorporate fun additions such as an outdoor pizza oven or a bar. These spaces are completely customizable based on your tastes.


    Softscapes are beds in your yard full of flowers, shrubs, bushes, and trees. Good softscape designs enhance and improve your hardscapes. They are also used as a way to guide guests in the areas where you would like them. For example, line a backyard path leading guests from the road to your entertaining area.

    The most gorgeous fountain or outdoor kitchen isn’t nearly as interesting or impressive without the use of enhancing softscapes. Good backyard landscape design incorporates color, texture, and even fragrance to make your backyard wow your guests!

    Help with Your Backyard Landscape Design from Hittle in Indianapolis

    Whatever your backyard landscape design goals, Hittle has the experience and expertise to give you the entertaining space of your dreams! We help guide you in a design that works for your space, or we take your design and make it a reality.

    Now is a great time to start planning your outdoor entertaining space. Contact Hittle and put our expertise to work for you!

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