This how I take my pictures in my back yard; specially pictures of flowers. I use a plastic stand to place the subjects and use a small shrub as a green background. During sunny days with hard light, I like to use a white umbrella as a diffuser to create soft light. It always work.
In order to avoid camera shake, it is sometimes necessary to use a tripod. When the wind is too strong, then I’ll have to wait until late afternoon or the next day early in the morning. If I really want to take good pictures, I use a Yongnuo flash as a fill-in light. That technique usually works well.
Having said this, below is the final result of all this planning and some basic photography accessories. Voilá!