GARDEN TOUR: Family Friendly Backyard Landscaping Ideas | Linda Vater

GARDEN TOUR: Family Friendly Backyard Landscaping Ideas | Linda Vater

Backyard Garden Tour!! This weekend I visited a garden with which I have lots of experience. It belongs to my friend Elaine, a neighbor and excellent gardener… and fellow mom carpooler when our kids were little. On the spur of the moment, I asked her if Stewart and I could come over and conduct a video tour of her beautiful backyard… Complete with a small herb garden. Treehouse. Outdoor fireplace and dining area. Whew!

So many great ideas to steal in this video, my friends. You will want to take notes! Both big statements and little touches. Hope you enjoy it and if you do make sure to like it, subscribe and forward to someone who might get some ideas from this wonderful family space!

Also, make sure to watch the container video we did earlier in the year with plants from the southern living plant collection.

Southern Living Plant Collection Video:

Gardeners Supply Tuteur:

Plants Mentioned in This Video:
– Burning Bush
– Wisteria Vine
– Dwarf Alberta Blue Spruce
– Carolina Jessamine
– Coppertop Sweet Viburnum
– Wintergreen Boxwood
– Blue Hyacinth Bean Vine
– Milkweed
– Rudbeckia
– Penstemon
– Mint
– Ivy
– Japanese Spreading Yews
– Oakleaf Hydrangea
– Nandina
– Pecan Tree
– Southern Magnolia
– Zoysia Grass
– Impatiens Flowers
– Boston Ivy
– Chef’s Choice Rosemary
– Variegated Liriope
– English Holly



  1. Sinu Arjun on June 19, 2021 at 7:17 pm

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  2. Julie Hall on June 19, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Everything you do is beautiful, but it does sound a little arrogant to keep saying/implying that she mimics you in her garden design. Why not just say the garden style instead of, again, implying you invented it?

  3. fudge on June 19, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent filming Stuart!

  4. Alina on June 19, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Like this if you want to see Stuart.

  5. linda currey on June 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    I just found your. Home and tour it is beautiful and so peaceful and we so need this I do any way. I will be keeping up with you think you ky Linda

  6. MI A on June 19, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Love the tour ❤️

  7. Lois Huff on June 19, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Love it!

  8. Trish Ferrer on June 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Enjoying this! I have a lot of nandina that has horribly invaded our burberry or whatever the pretty bushes are (green with rich red on top). I have a few other nandinas that I have sculpted into pretty shapes. Everyone tells me that nandina berries are toxic to birds. Some ppl say no… I don’t know who/what to believe.

  9. Beth Daghfal on June 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Late to this party…But I love what she did with her burning bushes… Is it too late when a burning bush is already mature to prune it like that??

  10. leticia vallejo on June 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Great tour…so beautiful❗Thank you❗

  11. Karen Hill on June 19, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    HAPPY EASTER..2021….lovely…………….

  12. Shirley J. Davis on June 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    What is lvtb ? Never heard of it

  13. Victoria Ring on June 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Love to hear chimes.

  14. Virginia Spindle on June 19, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I also love garden ornaments. My hubby calls them yard knick knacks. I have to say I have influenced others to add things to their gardens, as well.

  15. RawSunNata on June 19, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Do you have artificial grass or the real ?

  16. BRITTANY LE on June 19, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    love love love …..this garden. thanks Linda

  17. MI A on June 19, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Love the tour ❤️

  18. Schuyler on June 19, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Has your friend seen Bunny Guinness’ channel about planters? She cleverly cuts out the bottom of decorative planters (including clay) so large specimens can grow into the earth and thrive.

  19. Peg Burke on June 19, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    SO GLAD you are taking us on tours of other gardens. Loving this!

  20. Regina Wilson on June 19, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Francis Mausley on June 19, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Very tasteful small touches… "It is natural for the heart and spirit to take pleasure and enjoyment in all things that show forth symmetry, harmony, and perfection. For instance: a beautiful house, a well designed garden, a symmetrical line,.." ~ Abdul-Baha, Baha’i Faith

  22. Ingrid Dossa on June 19, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    You are talking to long , make it short, lets se the garden.

  23. Rosalie Gardner on June 19, 2021 at 7:51 pm

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  24. Margaret Mojica on June 19, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    This is such a beautiful back garden. Thank you and your friend Elaine for showing it to us. My one complaint is that it is a little depressing because of the lack of sun. I would take out one tree, probably the one next to the wood pile, to allow more sunlight. I especially like the finials on the fence posts. I am going to replace a decorative fence in my front courtyard and I think I will put finials on the top of the posts, instead of cutting the tops like a pyramid. It gives the fence a more finished look. i am starting a plan to tear out most of my (very small 62′ wide x 33′ feet deep) back garden and I never thought of looking at it from any angle other than from the house or to divide it into areas.

  25. Charlene Kociuba on June 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for showing this garden and the different features. This gives me ideas.

  26. Lauri Snipes on June 19, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I love the little garden . I will use it as a model for my tiny garden in front of my little 1924 story book cottage. Thankyou!

  27. Summer Breeze on June 19, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Love Black eyed Susans. Mine only lasted 2 summers. There,s a new pinky one that,s gorg.

  28. Moonstone on June 19, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Good neighbors prune their trees, especially when they abut your property.

  29. Lee Travathan on June 19, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I prune all of my bushes into a tree form and I love it that you talked about this. The effect is awesome in this garden. Love it!

  30. Priya California Diaries on June 19, 2021 at 8:01 pm

  31. Flower Patch Farmhouse on June 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for this tour. I gleaned some really great inspiration for areas in my own garden that I have been stumped by!

  32. Sharon Giles on June 19, 2021 at 8:06 pm


  33. wendyc hetherington on June 19, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Irish moss would look really pretty between ALL that stone

  34. Karen Hill on June 19, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I use broken pcs of pots 2 alleviate pots…also i 2 collect" some rock fr my boys Scout trips……loved all her yard…old vintage green motel"…im in WTexas..VERY HARSH enviroment….monkeygrass ! Yes going to get..soom LOVE the variegated…do have a huge upright rosemary…im proud of… pretty & charming…spheres boxwood……i rack my brain here .OLD property…..tryin to make pretty….found mulch just aa ground cover..& sedums..also adore just plain " lattice panels……!’ty Linda for tip s…& love thefinial" on posts!! Does look better.!!! So charming

  35. 7D on June 19, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful backyard and lots of plants! Love it. Please have your friend sharing the maintenance routines to keep it looking good. I wonder she has an irrigation system installed in her backyard. By the way, in my town, city collects green wastes such as leaves, grass etc from neighborhoods. Then they make/distribute compost and mulches in the public parks where citizens can come to get them for free. Hope your town would do that too.

  36. Cheryl Monopoli on June 19, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Hello, I am watching from Adelaide in Australia. I love my garden although it’s nowhere near as grand as the ones I have been watching you tour. I came across your videos by accident and I have subscribed because I have enjoyed binging your videos!! Thank you, Cheryl

  37. Patricia Edoley on June 19, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    When is the makeover and where?

  38. charlie way on June 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    You’re my inspiration!…I’m following you in Pinterest…

  39. Linda Ortolano on June 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Linda! Loved the tour!! I love seeing your neighborhood and the many beautiful gardens! Hugs!:) PS: Love your Hair!!

  40. Amy Hoff on June 19, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Love Elaine’s Garden Oasis