Front yard ideas

January 18, 2017
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

In this design by Barbara Paul, a diverse collection of trees, shrubs and perennials fill this large corner lot with color and help nestle the home into the landscape.

Before: Whether it's weeds or out-of-control groundcover, the front yard is a jungle.

After: Low-maintenance plantings and the sharp, clean lines of the new wall tie in with a bright new paint job on the house.

Before: The interior of this Phoenix home reflects the eclectic style of the homeowners and their love of Spanish-Colonial and Tuscan decor, but the front yard looks more like a moonscape than a landscape. The homeowners want a circle driveway and a front courtyard.

After: The dramatic design combines natural desert beauty with the Old-World style the homeowners love. In addition to the circular drive, they'd wanted a Xeriscaped landscape, so the mix of plants includes agave, desert willow and small cacti. Lantanas and potted geraniums provide plenty of color, and an enormous saguaro cactus confirms that this home is a desert hideaway.

Before: This city home has failing retaining walls and an unwelcoming entryway.

—image courtesy of landscape designer Rick Perry

After: The retaining walls are gone. Large, decorative boulders, new stairs and sun-loving plants guide visitors to the front door. Designer's tip: Coordinate plant material with the color of your home for a finished look.

Before: The concrete steps leading to this Seattle home are steeper than they look and are cracked, uneven and worn. The reward for making this climb is a yard full of dead grass, plus more steps up to a postage stamp-sized front porch.

After: Wider steps and two new terrace levels break up the space (and the climb) while creating new living spaces. A much larger deck helps conceal the garage area and gives the homeowners a perfect vantage point to enjoy their view of the Seattle skyline.

Before: The homeowners love their cute, trendy Venice home but not the chainlink fence, tired lawn and unimaginative concrete walkway. They want tropical plants that are better suited to the diminutive size of their California garden.

After: A custom curved fence, quartzite-paved hardscape and an abundance of tropical plants combine to create a dramatic entrance to the front yard.

Before: A yard that's bare except for weeds does little for the boxy, spare look of the home.

After: A stunning new look, thanks to new stone walls, lush landscaping and shutters. The plantings include shrubs and perennials that will provide color and interest throughout the year.

Before: A fenced-in yard, no sidewalk to speak of and a tiny front porch don't welcome visitors. And, by the way, a little color wouldn't hurt.

After: The upgrade includes a fresh coat of paint on the house and low-maintenance landscaping. A new front deck invites easy visiting with neighbors.


Landscaping Tips

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.

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