35 Things For Your Backyard You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

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Get ready to take your at-home outdoor sanctuary to the next level.

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A stylish Citronella candle to keep bugs at bay while you watch the sunset with your roomies (or your dog…or alone… whatever you’re into).


Get it from Target for $11.25.


A stylish outdoor rug that’ll create a softer spot for your pet to lounge if your yard happens to be lacking in the ~luscious grass~ department.

World Market

Promising review: “I really love this rug. It’s soft on your feet, it doesn’t pill up, and I think the overall look is great. It is not a jet black, but more of a charcoal.” —anonymous

Get it from World Market for $149.99+ (available in three sizes).


Or a lawn mower in case you have so much grass that your yard is starting to look more like an overgrown forest than a suburban retreat.

The Home Depot

Promising review: “Simple to put together. Starts like a dream. No more tugging on the cord — it fires right up. And I love how it is self-propelled, no more struggling up hills!” —LAP113

Get it from The Home Depot for $299.


A watering can that’ll help you channel your inner-elephant and ~never forget~ to water your plants.

ArtandtheGarden / Etsy


A canopy to provide shade for you and your friends while you ~throw shade~ about the other people in your lives.


Promising review: “It fits perfectly on our deck. We can walk out our door and right into it. The netting keeps the bugs away so we can enjoy our evenings outside.” —Cindy from Aurora

Get it from Wayfair for $129.99.


A mini pool that fits three grown adults so you can pretend you’re on vacation in the Hamptons instead of your apartment’s tiny patio.


If banana leaves aren’t your thing, you can also check out other trendy mini pool styles here!

Get it from Target for $42.99.


A pair of lounge chairs you’d easily find poolside at a resort in Hawaii.


Promising review: “Very simple to put together and look great by our pool. Fairly comfortable. A great price for a good set of chairs.” —Angela from FL

Get a set of two from Wayfair for $343.99.


Or a four-piece set of rattan furniture so everyone will have a spot of their own where they can unwind.


Promising review: “Perfect set for a small patio! Took me about two hours to put together, but we love it. Cushions are thin, but you can’t beat it for the price!” —Natalia from CA

Get a four-piece set from Wayfair for $249.99.


Playful animals you can hang from plants or trees in your yard to add some ~wild style~ to your decor.


Get them from UncommonGoods for $22.50 (available in two styles).


A portable grill you’ll be able to use to grill up a delicious feast even if you don’t have an abundance of outdoor space.

colemanusa / Via instagram.com

Promising review: “Wonderful grill. We have a smaller back patio and had a hand-me-down larger Coleman grill that took up too much space. We downsized to this and it is sharp looking and cooks a mean steak!” —Tito

Get it from The Home Depot for $249.99 (available in five colors).


A solar powered, motion sensor–activated light so you can sing “and at last I see the light,” like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard.

The Home Depot

Promising review: “The outdoor lights with attached solar cell was easy to install, did not require any assembly or complex instructions. The motion-activated lights are bright and work extremely well. I am very pleased with the light system and especially appreciated the reasonable cost.” —SilverBullet

Get it from The Home Depot for $43.09.


An embossed metal pot that’ll look like chic yard decor but’ll discreetly be where you store your garden hose.

Birch Lane

Promising review: “The hose pot is great! Even my husband who doesn’t care much about this sort of thing mentioned how handsome and practical the hose pot is. As you can see in the photos, the size is huge for my hose but it is the perfect size for the location.” —Claudia from Ossining

Get it from Birch Lane for $80.


Or a hose holder that’s a little more low maintenance and can still get the job done.


Get it from Target for $21.99.


And a heavy duty hose you’ll find to be super strong but very light, so you won’t have fret about your plants or grass suffering.

The Home Depot

Promising review: “My old hose gets a LOT of sun, and hence had many exterior cracks. Additionally, it was unusually heavy for a hose. This Flexogen hose solves both of those problems. Its exterior coat is more plastic than rubber, preventing the kind of drying out you would get with a standard rubber hose. On the weight side of things, this hose is just about middle of the pack. Not unnecessarily heavy, but heavy enough that you feel the quality. Additional emphasis has been placed on the hose ends, which usually are an afterthought in most hoses. The end that screws into the faucet has a hard rubber neck which will prevent crimping at the connection. But my favorite feature by far is the hex wrench fitting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve literally CRUSHED the far end of the hose trying to remove or replace a plastic spray nozzle that has broken. About half the time a wrench is needed as the nozzles just refuse to come off. No more crushed ends with this clever yet ridiculously simple solution! A good hose all around.” —Steve

Get it from The Home Depot for $26.97+ (available in two lengths).


A playhouse for your kids (or friends’ kids) that looks like an actual lil’ log cabin and’ll make your backyard the go-to destination of the summer.


Promising review: “Purchased for my granddaughter. It was surprisingly easy to build. I was able to do everything aside from the roof by myself. She’s happily playing away” —ABW

Get it from Target for $299.99.


An aesthetically pleasing outdoor garbage can so you can still be a lil’ trashy but make it ~fashun~.


Promising review: “This trash can is perfect for outside — we sat it out by the pool and it has already weathered some storms that it held up well in. I’ll possibly buy another one for our porch soon!” —Rebecca from Dalton

Get it from Wayfair for $64.99 (available in two colors).


Flamingo lawn ornaments you’ll love so much you’ll want to name them and make them part of the family.


Promising review: “Very sturdy and larger than I thought they would be. I love them. They are now residing next to my bird bath. I would recommend this item to anyone with a flair for the unusual.” —suzzilizz

Get a set of two from Target for $19.39.


Or a vintage-style bike planter complete with three baskets you can fill with your favorite flowers and enjoy even if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in over a decade.

Betterhomespace / Etsy


Globe string lights that’ll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you’ve always imagined it could be.


Promising review: “I purchased these three years ago and have had them hanging up in our backyard totally exposed to the Oregon rain/wind and they still work, no issues. They offer the perfect diffused glow because they are frosted. We have them strung up with heavy duty fishing line for added stability and ease of take off. The bulbs are fragile though so be careful when installing, they break easy. After installation go back to tighten each bulb individually! They come slightly lose and you will get much more life out of them if you do that.” —Lexi

Get them from Target for $12 (available in seven styles).


An oversized towel you can spread out on your lawn to catch some rays, read a book, or have a spontaneous picnic with your S.O.


Get it from bando for $59.95 (available in five styles).


Classic gardening tools because THIS will be the year you finally flex your green thumb.


This set comes with a steel 12.125-inch broad face trowel, a 12-inch narrow face trowel, an 11-inch garden fork, an 11-inch cultivator/rake, a 12-1/2-inch weeder, and a seat to keep ’em all in place *and* keep you comfortable.

Promising review: “I purchased this item for my aunt who loves to work in her yard. She absolutely loved it and could not wait to use it once the weather warms up, she was happy about the little seat as she says all the time that her ‘bones are old!’ I had wished the color to be different but she likes the olive green so it was a winner! :)” —pudding222

Get a six-piece set from Target for $68.95.


A hanging hammock chair for the ultimate chill spot where you can listen to your podcasts or take a nap in peace.


Note: you will need separate hanging hardware to ensure your swing is safe and secure.

Promising review: “We absolutely love this chair hammock! We had to order hanging hardware separately, but it is hanging in my son’s bedroom and he is in it constantly. Reading, napping, playing games. Fantastic purchase!” —Kurt from Pocatello

Get it from Wayfair for $36.99 (available in five styles).


Or a regular hammock, in case you have ~someone special~ in your life you’d like to snuggle up with while you gaze into the night sky.


Get it from Anthropologie for $128.


A turtle sandbox from the ’90s that, if you had one, was the ultimate sign your parents loved you (or desperately needed a way to keep you busy).


I had one of these when I was a kid and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories! Except that I hated getting dirty and was constantly trying to get sand off of my little hands and feet…

Promising review: “We have two. One as a sandbox and the other as a pool. One big advantage is our granddaughter can sit on the edge of the item on the area provided. Also, the covers are great to keep out stuff from flying in. We bungee cord the tops when covering the turtle to keep the wind from blowing the tops away. We are very happy with them and our granddaughter love to play in them. She has a beach and a pond so to speak !” —Good Item

Get it from Target for $39.99.


A chic bird bath that’ll make your yard look so beautiful and keep you entertained since you’ll be able to watch as an array of feathered friends visit.


Get it from CB2 for $109.


A melamine pitcher with a playful design, perfect for filling with freshly squeezed lemonade or margaritas (you do, YOU!) for backyard hangs.


Promising review: “Such a cute little pitcher with beautiful print! It’s made of bamboo so it’s very soft, and it’s dishwasher-safe!” —alexisarden

Get it from Anthropologie for $20.


And melamine dinner plates you can use to enjoy a meal as the sun sets in your backyard. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

West Elm

Get a single plate from West Elm for $6 (available in two styles).


A glittery pool tube that’ll look absolutely spectacular in the Instagram pics you’ll definitely be taking at home in your pool this summer. Hope your mom’s photo skills have improved since last year!

poolcandy / Via instagram.com

Promising review: “I loves this pool float! It’s an awesome size and looks beautiful!!” —Stephanie

Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $19.99.


A copper fire pit that’ll help transform your not-so-manicured yard into one anyone would feel relaxed hanging out in.


Promising review: “I purchased this copper fire pit for my husband’s birthday and we are both very pleased! It arrived boxed and in excellent condition. We live on a lake in Florida and wanted a fire pit to enjoy the ambiance and of course making s’mores! This fire pit is the perfect size, low to the ground so all can enjoy! I also purchased the available screen enclosure and the fire pit cover for when not in use. The bottom of the fire pit has a black decorative design, it comes with an inside grate for the logs to sit on and is also open at the bottom for ventilation. If you’re looking for a good quality portable fire pit you will love this one! I know our family sure does! Frontgate you did it again!!!” —LaMar By The Sea

Get it from Frontgate for $374.25+ (also available with or without a screen and pit cover).


A picnic table that’ll easily attach onto your fence or a tree to give your bushy-tailed buddies a comfortable place to dine.

DelgadoHCTreasures / Etsy

Promising review: “I love my new squirrel picnic table!! Just put it out last evening and they already enjoyed the corn 🙂 It was also shipped fast and free; overall great shopping experience.” —Cristina Ungureanu

Get it from DelgadoHCTreasures on Etsy for $38.


A set of LED pathway lights to ensure you won’t trip over your own feet while letting your dog in and out of the yard.


Promising review: “These lights are amazing! They light up from dusk till dawn, and the assembly and installation was so easy, a child could do it. They are completely made of plastic; would be nice if there was a fully metal option. I love the modern design.” —SarahSTL

Get a set of six from Target for $26.25.


And an outdoor pizza oven that’ll make every party a pizza party — and everyone knows there’s nothing better than a pizza party.

The Home Depot

My parents moved from New York to North Carolina and the only thing they regret leaving behind (other than me… I hope) is the amazing pizza. The solution? They bought their own pizza oven! Now they whip up fresh pies like it’s nothing whenever they’re getting a craving for the ~good stuff~.

Promising review: “The Italia has truly been an experience for me. I cooked five pizzas with brick oven like quality. Each pizza only taking about five minutes from start to finish. Literally the best pizza I have ever had!!” —Pizza Steve

Get it from The Home Depot for $235.95.

There’s only one thing left to do now that your yard is going to be more fabulous than ever:


Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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