60 Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Garden and Landscaping Steps

Turning your backyard into an outdoor garden can be a lot of fun, especially if you apply the right landscaping design suitable to your chosen plants.

Outdoor gardens often mean having wide enough available space so you can plant pine trees, bamboo plants, or fire trees to serve as backdrop to an exclusive environment. You may also use boxwood hedges or evergreen shrubs as ornamental boundaries without taking up so much space.

If you have a gated property or want to build a fence to protect your outdoor garden, you have the option of using crawling vines, which always look great in wrapping up boundaries.

There are lots of designs to choose from when landscaping your outdoor garden. You can choose a minimalist landscape or an oriental Zen-like landscape if you want to spend a lot of quiet time or turn to your garden for reflective meditation.

You can create a whimsical painting garden by filling it up with flower plants of different colors or maybe create a fantasy lavender garden by filling it up with only your favorite color or flower.

You can choose among the various landscaping designs you want; just make sure that you also choose the right garden plants, as these will play a pivotal role in achieving the desired look for your outdoor garden.

This means that the best landscaping step is one that is not only able to blend well with the environment but also safe for anyone to literally step on so it can take you to the other side.


A pebbled pathway separated by layers of wooden steps that’s lined with landscaped shrubs on the sides will lead you from the isolated wooden bench at the paved concrete flagstone to the inviting doors of the wooden gazebo at the top.

Stylish outdoor lamps are great ornaments to have in your garden, casting night lights on the garden steps as well as giving a classy feel.

This house is surrounded with mixed greenery of varied plants and trees, creating a special feel to the center that leads to the house facade. Landscaped green herbs with flowering plants set the stage for the central attraction which is the rectangular slab staircase lined with rectangular boulders.


The garden’s pathway is made elegant with the side-lining of purple and tangerine flowers in a sea of green.

These lavender flowers are grown as a low hedge and add a touch of whimsy in the garden by landscaping them to appear like a peacock’s feathers in full display.

This outdoor garden surrounded by slabs of concrete and stone gets its warmth from the green of the landscaped Bermuda and the full bloomed colored flowers on the sides. Perched on two large clay vases are the colored flowers of white, purple, yellow, and some vining shrubs.



The fire tree looks amazing and adds an Asian feel in this outdoor garden amidst other varied trees and flowered plants that spring up in rounded boulders surrounding the paving slabs.

Landscaped rocks and stones add a natural element and would look great in your lush-colored outdoor flower garden, and can serve as the connecting piece to the outside world of concrete.

The owner of this cabin seems to have decided to bring nature closer to home by using landscaped rocks and stones to create man-made mini waterfalls. There’s stoned pavement that leads from the cabin to the backyard garden where you can enjoy an outdoor picnic with family and friends while enjoying the view.

Landscaped stones make for the stairway that leads to a towering tree on top. The sides are accented by rounded boulders, varied green plants, and a sprinkle of colored flowers.

The solitary concrete stone bench atop the concrete stoned pathway is immediately surrounded by rounded stones on one side and curved paving slabs on the other. The patches of green shrubs and the sprawling Bermuda grass all seem to be in harmony with the presence of the concrete. This garden invites for meditation or simply just some quiet reflections.

Large paving slabs and paved concrete lead to this outdoor garden, cutting through perennial flowers, Barberry, and shrubs that seem to grow in patches beside the paved stones.

This outdoor garden shows an awesome display of clipped hedges, both square-shaped and round, accompanied by colorful perennial flowers in front, and landscaped to show uniformity of theme per row. The elegant architecture of brick stairway and pavement only serves to accentuate the landscaped garden.



Morning glory flower plants have pretty much covered the entirety of this short staircase. The iron railings on the sides that manage to be unobstructed from view leave clues on the existence of the stoned pathway.

The graceful-looking fire tree stands out amidst masses of unclipped hedges, set apart by dark-colored boulders, to make way for the bending staircase of concrete and short dark logs. The sprinkle of bright color in this hugely green and dark-colored outdoor garden makes it look as if the fire tree is its muse.


The stony garden steps are set apart by vertical slabs on one side and unclipped hedges on the other. The vertical slabs seem to overflow with perennial flowers, shrubs, and climbing vines.


Hosta june perennial flowers are tucked on the sides of these stretching stony garden steps.

A well-trimmed variety of evergreen shrubs makes way for the garden steps of pebbled stones and occasional wooden slabs. Some bleach colored boulders are also used in between the shrubs to allow for enough space.


Crawling vines are allowed to completely cover one side of the iron railing for this grand outdoor staircase. The vines have also crawled across the stairs’ risers and have entirely taken up the back. Crawling vines are able to add character as landscape cover.


Red poppies are seen towering over a bed of varied greenery that almost completely cover up the garden steps made of occasional stone slabs. The almost complete cover by these garden plants can play with one’s imagination, promising a secret garden nearby.

Green foliage serves as a backdrop, as crawling vines have climbed parts of the house while mixed evergreen shrubs line up the stoned pathway. Only the stony staircase outside and the stoned pathway are left free from the invasion of greenery.


Boxwood hedges are seen snaking through a largely pebbled garden pathway leading to the garden’s pebbled steps.

Smooth paving slabs with occasional appearances of broken concrete turn in bending directions and are side by side with well-trimmed green grass set apart by boulders.

This spring garden comes alive with the flowering tree setting the stage for a wild display of yellow and red tulips, purple flowers, and evergreens. It seems celebratory just to walk the concrete steps of the garden in the middle of this vast parade of beauty.

The looming boxwood hedges keep a narrow path on this one-stoned garden step creating an atmosphere of both intimacy and privacy.


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