Your backyard can be more than just a place to put the grill and a set of underused garden furniture. Your backyard can be appealing backyard oasis. A backyard oasis reflects whatever idea you have of a peaceful landscape. There are several ideas of backyard oasis. For example, engineer your own backyard desert oasis. Start with a water feature, such as a waterfall flowing into a tiny pond. The website Sunset.com suggests surrounding water features with boulders or stones to make them look more natural. Around the water feature, construct a low retaining wall and fill the interior space with sand. Add a couple of palm trees or papyrus plants in ornate pots near the waterfall. Install sturdy poles with metal rings to hold a rope hammock. If you do a lot of entertaining, erect a white canvas tent nearby and bedeck the interior space with lounge furniture, Persian-style rugs, hanging Moroccan oil lamps and ornate fabrics in deep, rich colors.