No matter the size of your front yard, it’s easy to showcase the front of your house with landscape designs that add instant curb appeal.
One of the simplest ways to begin the design process for landscaping your front yard is to draw up your own plans based on the architectural style of your home and the size of your yard. This is not a hard and fast rule, and you can certainly landscape your yard in a style that contrasts and complements the style of your home. But it gives you a quick and easy way to start.
Is your home a detached brick colonial? A modern stucco townhome? A clapboard New England cottage? A minimalist contemporary mansion? A California ranch house with a tiled roof? Categorizing your home based on its shape and the primary materials with which it was built can give you clues to which front yard style might make the most sense.
For example, a two-story Georgian brick home yearns for a front yard full of symmetry – a centered walkway leading to the front door and matching rows of hedges underneath the first-floor windows (think neatly-trimmed boxwoods). A lone dogwood or other small flowering tree looks great in a side yard of mature fescue or Bermuda grass, where it softens the corners of the home without blocking the view from the street. Contemporary styles – homes with sharp angles and minimal exterior details (no crazy shutters here) – can handle looser, more natural approaches to front yard design. Laying woodchips in amorphous patterns and grooming your grass or natural pine straw around its edges can be a gentle, attractive distraction from your home’s hard lines.
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.