Once the snow melts away and the birds start chirping again, you’re bound to get the urge to take your DIY ideas outdoors. These front yard landscaping ideas are perfect for the homeowner looking for some landscaping inspiration that people of any skill level can create. Your home will have the best curb appeal in the neighborhood after you’ve read through this list.
However, you should also be mindful of your commitment level and your environment when planning a garden. Every plant has specific watering and sunlight needs. A succulent garden is unlikely to thrive in a shady New England yard, and a fern garden won’t last long in a sun-drenched Southwestern yard.
No matter what front yard landscaping idea you favor, pick plants that are appropriate for your climate and for the specific conditions in your yard and with a little know-how, you can create a front garden that will wow your neighbors and give a boost to your home’s value.
These include adding colorful flags to your porch railings or decorating it with greenery for a natural look. There are also several ideas for anyone who’s handy, including building a stone walkway and adding a water feature that won’t break the bank.
Your front yard will be just as gorgeous as all your backyard ideas once you’re through with these landscaping tips.
Cheerful Floral Border and Window Boxes
One of the easiest ways to add some interest to your home’s front yard is to plant a colorful border of flowering plants to enliven your entryway. In this front garden idea, a mixture of annual and perennial flowers such as hydrangeas and petunias are used for a pop of color while a few evergreen bushes ensure year-round greenery. What makes this particular design so appealing is the use of window boxes. Not only do they help to beautify the entryway, but they also help draw visitors’ eyes to the house itself. This is a great way to add instant beauty to any home but is especially useful for guest homes, show homes, or houses that are on the market.
Mini Water Feature Entryway
You may not think that you have enough room for a water feature in your yard, but with a little creativity you can add a small fountain virtually anywhere. This small nook between the front door and the garage makes use of an otherwise underutilized space for a pondless fountain. A small pump inside the glazed pot keeps the water circulating. If you have a shaded corner where plants struggle to grow, a small fountain makes a great alternative to a rock garden (or weeds). This option is also well-suited to homeowners who like the sounds made by a water feature but do not want to care for a pond or large fountain.
Cottage-Style Planted Wheelbarrow
What could be better than a shabby chic wooden wheelbarrow overflowing with ivy and flowers? This sweet idea would be fantastic for almost any yard but is especially well-suited for cottage gardens. While many kinds of flowers would be ideal for this kind of garden display, petunias, fuschias, and other hanging basket favorites are particularly pretty when they spill over the sides. To ensure the best results, make sure to use a high-quality potting mix which will retain water in the wheelbarrow to keep your flowers happy during hot summer weather.
Classic Boxwood Edged Pathway
Hedge your bets by incorporating a classic – and classy – boxwood hedge along your entry path. Although simple and monochromatic, the tightly leaved branches of boxwood shrubs can be easily shaped into any number of designs. Left small and round as shown in this front garden idea, or clipped into a short rectangular hedge, they help guide the eye to the front door of a house, and subtly encourage visitors to use the pathway instead of walking on the grass. Paired with a short but colorful groundcover such as creeping thyme or phlox, a short hedge can be one of the lowest-maintenance options for flower beds and walkway borders.
Multi-Season Flowerbed with Annuals and Evergreens
By mixing flower varieties that bloom during different seasons, you can ensure a constant display of colors throughout the entire year. In this example, evergreen bushes are interspersed with spring and summer flowers as well as annual greenery to create a lush cottage garden. Not only is the riot of pinks, reds, and greens complementary to the house’s style, but it makes it seem more inviting. The window boxes are planted with the same variety of annual seen in the yard’s border which not only draws visitor’s eyes upwards but also gives the front yard a more unified look.
Easy-to-Update Potted Border
If you’re a novice gardener or often find that you’re too busy to keep your border looking its best, try this idea for an easy-to-update flower bed. While especially useful for bulbs which need special care and often need to be overwintered indoors, you can also buy potted flowers, evergreen shrubs, or creeping groundcovers and simply swap them out for new plants as the seasons change. This is an especially useful idea for neglected side yards which are left bare. You can also use this idea to add showy if short-lived annuals in an established perennial beds.
Showy Succulent Stone Planters
Modern yet rustic, dramatic but easy to care for, this succulent display is perfect for a xeriscape or low water yard. Succulents are available in many color varieties and require very little care. Be sure to use a mixture of textures and types including small yuccas or aloes for height and creeping succulents to fill in gaps for the best results. Western gardeners will appreciate how little water and care this kind of display requires, but this kind of succulent planter can be used in almost any climate. If you live in an area with cold or wet winters, bring your planters inside to keep your succulents happy.
Low Maintenance Evergreen Border with a Pop of Color
Do you want to steer clear of annual flowers altogether, but still enjoy a flashy bit of color in your front yard? While evergreens certainly keep a yard from feeling bare in the winter, azaleas have the added benefit of producing breathtaking floral displays during the spring and early summer. They come in a wide variety of colors from deep fuschia to white and are adapted to a large number of climates. Mixed with other non-blooming evergreens, as they are in this example, they add interest to an entryway display without the extra work of maintaining blooming annual flowers or bulbs.
Clematis Climbing Wall
Looking to hide an ugly wall, fence, or mailbox? As an alternative to ivy, consider establishing several trellises for clematis. This showy flower comes in endless varieties as there are more than 300 species in the genus. Keep it in cool, moist soil for the best displays, and make sure it gets plenty of sun. In colder areas, it is deciduous, while in warmer areas it can be an evergreen. Either way, you will be blessed with a proliferation of showy flowers every summer. While pink and purple colors are most common, flowers come in every shade from white to bright red to indigo and in many different flower shapes.
Upcycled Vintage Bicycle Planter
Add a touch of whimsy to your yard with a planter made from a vintage bicycle. By turning the bike’s front basket and rear pannier baskets into hanging baskets, you can create a fanciful shabby chic display. Lean it up against a tree or against a wall and use colorful annuals or ivy as seen in this front garden idea. If you want to add a more decorative touch, include antiqued signs or other rustic elements. As with all container gardens, be sure to use a high-quality potting mix which drains well but holds moisture to keep your flowers happy during hot weather.