The front landscape of any home is going to make a first impression–but is it fantastic? Or does it fall flat? Today at Bless My Weeds, we’re going to show you some front yard landscape ideas you can adopt in any yard, in any zone, to make sure that your yard makes a fantastic first impression. Stick around!
- A lot of people don’t realize that the first rule of front yard landscape design is to consider the house itself. It’s literally the biggest component in your yard, and your landscape should reflect on the home first and foremost. Landscape architects always begin by taking into account the size and shape of the house, and how it is situated in relation to the street.
- If the house is large and imposing, start your landscape with larger shrubs and plants rather than pretty little flowers. The flowers are great, but by themselves they won’t be seen from the street against the size of the house. Plant shrubs in groupings to reflect the shape of the house. Notice in the picture above that the shrubs are grouped in a way that reflects the rooflines of the home.
- Think about any hardscape elements of your front yard that you can spotlight with placement of plants. Hardscape includes things like a garden bench or a birdbath. If you don’t have any hardscape elements in your front yard, consider adding some. They add a lot of interest and curb appeal!
- In any front yard landscape, the goal is to use plants and shrubs to emphasize the path to the front door of the home in an appealing way. You never want to overwhelm the walkway so that guests to your home can’t tell where they’re supposed to walk. Through the use of stones or bricks, the walkway itself can be transformed into an interesting part of your front yard landscape.
- When you consider your home, one of the most important aspects to remember is the color wheel. Choose plant colors that will play well off of the colors of your home. For example, a garden full of pinks and purples looks especially good on the backdrop of a blue house.
- Finally, consider all the seasons when you landscape your front yard. Use elements from all plant types including trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. This will help ensure your landscape will look appealing year round.
Try these front yard landscape ideas to bring your home to the next level!