How do I create a front yard garden?
To know where to start a landscape transformation,
consider your options and the space you will need. You can even move
the outdoor living area to the back yard to keep it more private
First, start by adding organic matter into the soil.
Make sure you choose the right plants by studying the landscape or
consult a professional gardener. Know a tree or shrub’s
ultimate size before you put it in the ground. You can add finishing
touches like containers, hanging baskets and window boxes which gives
more color to the landscape. Also, add your personal touches to your garden such as garden art, statues, water features, a garden pond, birdhouse or architectural
fragments and night lights positioned to walkways.
What are the different types of plants I can use in
my front yard?
It is challenging
to come up with a color scheme that will satisfy your individual
taste. Identify what you like and what you don't. Here are some tips
to help guide your decision:
- Trees: the tallest of the landscape plants, provide
- Shrubs: small trees, well suited for sculptural
- Annual plants: known for their ornamental beauty, but
must be replanted every year. Includes flowering plants such as
marigold, sunflowers and poppies. They work well in containers and
as bedding plants.
- Perennials: low maintenance plants which only need be
planted once. Includes plants like lavender, salvia and california
fuchsias. They can tolerate a wide variety of conditions.
- Grasses: require a lot of maintenance such as proper
irrigation, fertilization, mowing and dethatching. However, they
provide a graceful and delicate appearance in the garden.
The design principles of unity and simplicity often go
together. Several plants of the same color and kind have more effect
and give greater pleasure in a landscape than one each of several
types. Use only enough variety for sustaining bloom and adding visual
interest. If you want more types of plants, say for continual
harvests of many kinds of fruit, try combining plants with similar or
at least compatible shapes, textures, and foliage or bloom colors.
How do I create a harmonious look between the parking
space and the garden?
Firstly, zone the space for parking and the garden.
Then, plant between the paving stones and create a suitable curve,
but keep it simple. Finally fit a fabulous door to the parking space
and you’re on your way to the perfect front yard!
What are some ideas to create walkways?
Walkways can be made out of bricks, stones, or pavers.
First, you need to zone the walkways and the garden by creating a
fence of rocks. Use stacked stones or pebbles to outline the walkways
and the front yard. Here are some tips for laying out walkways:
- Follow natural access patterns when laying out walks. A
straight path, though less charming, is the shortest and least
expensive, and sometimes the most sensible.
- Use curves, jogs, or steps only where there is a
reason, not just to meander. Combine practicality with visual appeal
by making walks at least 36 inches wide. If scale permits, 42 to 54
inches is better so two people can walk together. For an illusion of
greater or lesser distance, widen one end. Extra width at curves is
- Ideally, walks should slope 1 to 5 percent, never more
than 10. If the entry is steeper, use curves, jogs, steps, or ramps.
Let plants make the journey interesting.
- Make walls, fences, or hedges near walks less than 2
feet so people can swing their arms or carry packages without
feeling crowded. Between the walk and taller verticals, a buffer
zone of ground cover, lawn, flowers, or mulch at least 2 feet wide
gives more room for movement.
How do I make the most of a small front yard?
Many garden ideas and front yard landscaping ideas for
small front yards are available on homify. Basically, however you
need to lay a stepping stone path and then plant masses of blooms and
bring on green for display. Create a front patio with a flower lined
path and fill in grass for the perfect lawn. Make advantages of plant
boxes and mix and match the textures ( stones, white pebbles, bricks,
plants, flowers, grass and rocks) or keep it simple by using only one
of these. Arbors
and pergolas are classic small yard landscaping ideas and great ways
to frame a view, but you can do the same with shrubs, small trees, or
even pieces of garden
art. Also look for backyard ideas for storage so that you can
optimise on your front yard space.