Roll out a blooming front yard welcome mat with the help of easy-care landscaping. Annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, and color-rich trees create a lush landscape that sets the scene for a warm, inviting home year-round.
Get started transforming your front yard with these simple tips and techniques. Whether you choose to overhaul your entire front yard in one season or spread the work and investment over several seasons, thoughtful planning before you begin will yield results that last for decades.
1. Establish Order
Foster order by limiting the number of species of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Aim for no more than five to 10 species of perennials, three to five different shrubs, and one or two types of trees.
Although it is tempting to buy new plants when they catch your eye, resist the temptation when it comes to purchases for the front yard landscape. Fewer species will result in a landscape that holds together well instead of appearing to be several different small gardens dotting the yard. Plant like species in groups and repeat them throughout the garden.
2. Think Big
Plan for planting beds that are large enough to accommodate your desired mix of plants. Planting beds that span at least half of the width of the house is often a good bet. Also, sweeping beds that extend from the home to the sidewalk or roadway are a sure way to keep the planting bed in pleasing scale with the house. Anchored by a tree and filled with shrubs, these large beds need not be labor-intensive. In fact, you'll likely find that they require less maintenance than the lawn.
3. Make It Flow
Repeat plant forms and textures to unify plantings. Lead visitors to the front door by planting bold blooming perennials near the sidewalk or roadway. Repeat that planting along the entry walkway, about halfway between the roadway and the house, and then again near the house.
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.