Many designs in front of the garden are generally useful. For example, the use of a mixture of evergreens and colorful seasonal flowers benefits almost every front yard. In mixing the two, you will have the ability to add or eliminate flowering plants as the seasons change. You may even be able to use flowering evergreens such as azaleas to build a friendly front yard that needs almost no effort, depending on your environment and dedication.
However, when planning a garden, you should also be aware of your level of commitment and your environment. Each plant has specific needs for watering and sunlight. A succulent garden on a gloomy New England yard is unlikely to survive, and a fern garden on a sun-drenched Southwestern yard will not last long.
You can build a front garden that will impress your neighbors and give a boost to the value of your home, no matter what front yard landscaping idea you choose, choose plants that are ideal for your environment and for the specific conditions in your yard and with a little know-how.
Floral Border and Window Boxes One of the easiest ways to add some interest to the front yard of your home is to plant a colorful border of flowering plants to enliven your entrance. A mixture of annual and perennial flowers such as hydrangeas and petunias is used for a color burst in this front garden design, while a few evergreen bushes provide greenery throughout the year. The use of window boxes is what makes this particular design so appealing. Not only do they help make the entrance beautify, they also help draw the eyes of visitors to the house itself. This is a great way to add instant elegance to any home, but it is especially useful when it comes to guest homes, show homes or houses on the market.
2. Mini Water Feature Entryway
You may not think you have enough room in your yard for a water feature, but you can add a small fountain practically anywhere with a little imagination. A tiny nook between the front door and the garage provides a space for a pondless pool that is otherwise underused. Within the glazed bowl, a small pump keeps the water flowing. A small fountain makes a great alternative to a rock garden (or weeds) if you have a shaded corner where plants are struggling to grow. This choice is also ideal for homeowners who like the sounds of a water feature but don’t want to take care of a pond or big fountain.
Cottage-style Planted Wheelbarrow
What could be better than an ivy and flowers overflowing shabby chic wooden wheelbarrow? For almost any yard, this sweet idea would be perfect, but it is particularly suitable in cottage gardens. While many types of flowers would be ideal for this type of garden display, petunias, fuschias, and other hanging basket favorites are especially beautiful when they spill over the sides. Make sure to use a high-quality potting mix to keep your flowers happy during hot summer weather to ensure the best results.
4. Classic Boxwood Edged Pathway
Use a classic and classy boxwood hedge along your entry path to hedge your bets. The tightly leaved branches of boxwood shrubs, although simple and monochromatic, can be easily shaped into any number of designs. Left small and round as shown in this concept of the front garden, or trimmed in a short rectangular hedge, they help guide the eye to a house’s front door and subtly encourage tourists to use the path instead of walking on the lawn. Paired with a short but colorful ground cover such as creeping thyme or phlox, one of the lowest maintenance options for flower beds and walkway boundaries can be a short hedge.
5. Multi-season Flowerbed with Annuals and Evergreens
You can maintain a continuous show of colors throughout the year by combining flower varieties that bloom during different seasons. In this example, throughout order to create a lush cottage garden, evergreen bushes are interspersed with spring and summer flowers and annual greenery. It not only complements the theme of the house with the explosion of pinks, reds, and greens, but it also makes it more welcoming. The window boxes are planted in the yard’s border with the same variety of annuals that not only draws the visitor’s eyes upwards but also gives a more unified look to the front yard.
6. Easy-to-update Potted Border
Try this idea for an easy-to-update flower bed if you’re a novice gardener or often find yourself too busy to keep your border looking its best. While it is particularly useful for bulbs that require special care and often need to be overwintered indoors, you can also buy potted flowers, evergreen shrubs or creeping ground coverings and simply swap them out for new plants as the seasons change. For neglected side yards that are left bare, this is a particularly useful concept. You can also use this idea to add showy if in an existing perennial beds there are short-lived annuals.
7. Showy Succulent Stone Planters
This succulent display is perfect for a xeriscape or low water yard, modern yet rustic, dramatic but easy to care for. Succulents are available in many varieties of color and need very little attention. Be sure to use a mixture of textures and types to fill in gaps for the best results, including small yuccas or aloes for height and creeping succulents. Western gardeners would appreciate how little water and care this type of display takes, but in almost any environment this type of succulent plant can be used. If you live in an area where the winters are cold or wet, bring in your plants to keep your succulents happy.
eight. Low Maintenance Evergreen Border with Color Pop
Would you like to stay away from annual flowers, but still enjoy a flashy bit of color in your front yard? While evergreens definitely prevent a yard from feeling exposed in the winter, azaleas have the added advantage of creating spectacular floral displays in the spring and early summer. They come from deep fuschia to white in a wide variety of colors and are adapted to a wide range of climates. Mixed with other non-blooming evergreens, as they are in this example, they add interest to a display at the entrance without the extra work of keeping annual flowers or bulbs blooming.
9. Clematis Climbing Wall
Want to hide a hideous wall, fence, or mailbox? Consider setting up multiple trellises for clematis as an alternative to ivy. This showy flower comes in countless variations, as the genus contains over 300 species. Hold it for the best displays in dry, moist soil, and make sure it gets plenty of light. It is deciduous in colder areas, while it may be an evergreen in warmer areas. Nonetheless, every summer you’ll be blessed with a proliferation of showy flowers. While the most common colors are pink and purple, flowers range from white to bright red to indigo in every hue and in many different shapes of the flower.
Vintage Bicycle Planter add a touch of whimsy to your yard with a vintage bicycle planter. You can create a fanciful shabby chic show by transforming the front basket and rear pannier baskets of the bike into hanging baskets. Lean it against a tree or a wall, using colorful annuals or ivy as seen in this idea of the front garden. Include antiquated signs or other rustic elements if you want to add a more decorative touch. Be sure to use a high-quality potting mix, as with all container gardens, that drains well but holds moisture to keep your flowers happy during hot weather.
Circular Shade-Loving Annuals Flower Bed
The area under mature shade trees can be challenging to landscape properly. In the near-constant shade of established trees, most annuals are sun-loving and do not do well. However, in this environment, there are some annual varieties as well as many groundcoverings that can thrive. This kind of shaded ground can be enjoyed by sweet alyssum, coleus, begonias, touch-me-nots, and pansies. This well-structured bed is covered with pavers to keep the flower bed dry and make mowing around the tree easier without damaging the roots of the tree. But instead for a more rustic look, a rough, unmortared rock wall could be used.
Modern Industrial Cinderblock Planter Bed
If you think that a planter with a cinderblock should look soft and utilitarian, think again. By staggering the block layout, you can create small planters around the outside of the main raised bed for succulents. This type of block wall provides a plain, clean look that perfectly matches modern landscaping. You can use plants that are best suited to your climate, such as evergreens, ferns, hostas, and so on, instead of the plants shown here. Keep in mind that by keeping the plantings sparse and the lines clean, the best way to replicate this idea of landscaping front yard is.
13. Easy Lighted Driveway Bed
Driveways benefit from the extension of a narrow bed. This not only gives your yard a more tidy and attractive look, but it also allows you to add light to the edge of the driveway to guide guests to your doorway. Not only are these small lanterns fun and whimsical, they’re also practical! In most gardening and home shops, both solar and wired lights are available and generate instant curb appeal for any house along with the small boxwood shrubs. You shouldn’t have many weed problems, edged with pavers and thickly mulched, making this a low-maintenance option for any entrance.
14. Lush Hydrangeas and Hostas
In this front garden design, Southern elegance meets cottage charm. While many may find it monochrome, the lush combination of hostas and hydrangeas creates a simple but pleasant option for spring and summer. Ideally, to ensure year-round interest, you should pair these two plants with a few evergreens, as the hostas ‘ verdant beauty will fade with the first frosts. Both hydrangeas and hostas like and even prefer some shade, so this combination is best suited to yards with mature trees or areas where they are shaded in the afternoon by the house itself.
Water-Wise Western Water Feature
Consider planting your front yard with drought-resistant leaves and flowers if you live in an area with insufficient rain or where water resources are restricted. As you can see in this example, a spartan aesthetic does not have to mean water-wise gardening! In drier yards, many traditional garden flowers such as roses are actually quite hardy, and with little watering, flowering herbs such as rosemary, lavender, and thyme do incredibly well. A small water and rock feature has provided an attractive backdrop for a wide range of drought-resistant plants in this particular yard and adds a rustic cottage look to what could otherwise be a very ordinary entrance.
16. Stylish Mediterranean Inspired Fountain Bed
Mediterranean designs not only make a yard feel more balanced and stylish, but are another great option for drought-prone gardens. Broad paved paths converge in the center of this yard to create a small square. The entrance gate is flanked by urns that add interest and height to the garden, as well as helping to highlight the simple yet beautiful fountain and its flower bed. Petunias are hardy plants and in hot weather will continue to bloom, making them an ideal choice for this form of show. Without crowding it, water-wise annuals and ground coverings surround the fountain.
Easy Care Evergreen Entryway Have a black thumb? There’s no room for gardening? Are you searching for an entrance environment you can practically ignore? Evergreens such as junipers need relatively little watering, remain green throughout the year, and are hard to kill when established. As a bonus, they are quickly sculpted into topical shapes that give the entrance of a home a lot of visual appeal. For some color, a small fountain was added at this home as well as a few annuals. You can’t go wrong with several evergreens in a well-mulched or stone-filled bed if you’re looking for the bare essentials.
If you love the clean lines and serenity of stone gravel beds, you can appreciate the spa-like beauty of this landscape design. The contrast between the planting beds and the neatly clipped lawn makes this aesthetic suitable not only for a home, but also for businesses! By choosing perennials and shrubs with low maintenance, you can not only create more variety of height and therefore visual interest, but also create a low-maintenance landscape that changes with the seasons. The large concrete orbs in the gravel bed create a focal point, but for a more rustic vibe you can easily replace them with topiary evergreens or large natural stone rocks.
Rustic Log Planters
Planters are a great way to animate a particular area of the yard, and a hollow log or stump is a great natural alternative to concrete or plastic. You probably already have a stump or log in your yard as a bonus that you can use to show this kind. If not, try to search for the free ads in your town, and you’ll probably find someone more than willing to give you their downed tree. While a log plant looks great in many yards, in a rustic cottage garden, it will really look at home.
at least 20. Porch Full of Petunias
Petunias is often overlooked by green thumbs and experienced landscapers, but this humble but tough flower can not only add to the idea of landscaping in your front yard, but can also be the star of the show. In this yard, petunias are used as a highlight in the flower beds as well as in the hanging baskets on the porch. Not only is this functional, it also helps to blend the look of home and yard with color visually. Since petunias don’t mind dry soils and bloom for a long time, they’re a perfect choice to hang baskets wherever you stay.