New Orleans is a city full of beauty. Some of my favorite spaces to visit are small gardens that look like they should be located in the heart of the French Quarter. You can transform your backyard into your own personal retreat by incorporating plants, furniture, lighting, and accessories.
When designing, think about things that can distract you from the beauty of your backyard. Water features can divert attention away from busy streets; mosquito netting can keep away insects; and a well placed outdoor fan can cool you off this summer.
Greenery is a must, if you don't like gardening, look into low maintenance plants that do not need constant trimmings. Also, consider using small stones or pavers instead of grass.