Front yard landscaping is too often neglected, especially if you don’t use your front yard for recreation. But the front yard is your house’s opportunity to make a good first impression (and curb appeal has a substantial impact on home value, which you’ll want to think about if you’re planning on selling any time soon). So here are some ideas on how to transform your front yard landscaping so that your house is the prettiest on the block.
- Traditionally Elegant
This look works particularly well if your house is raised above the street level. Create a few terraces using brick retaining walls, with a set of brick steps going up the middle. Keep the look symmetrical if possible, and use lower plants nearer the street and taller ones (including trees) nearer the house to increase the impact of the house from the curb. Using shrubs for landscaping, instead of a bunch of flowers, can allow you to maintain a more manicured look without as much effort, so consider bushes and hedges. Flank gates or doorways with plants in high-quality stone planters.
- Whimsical and Fun
If your house has the timeless and quaint appeal of a cottage, then why not create a fairytale look? Start with a simple wooden fence, a meandering stone path leading to the front door, and groupings of low plants and flowers. If you have the space, a pond is a fun addition; add a few ferns and reed-like plants to make it look more natural.
- Low Maintenance Chic
Maintaining an attractive front yard can be tough if you don’t have much of a green thumb. One option is to hire a lawn care company, but grass alone can be a little boring. Dedicating some resources to hardscaping, on the other hand, can save a lot of time and money on maintenance down the road. Hardscaping materials are simply non-plant elements used in landscaping. Consider using gravel instead of grass, and larger landscaping stones in place of bushes. Trees, which can be surrounded by broad borders of mulch or wood chips, require very little care once established. Add a few wooden arbors and stone-clad retaining walls to make your yard really stand out — and the best part is, you’ll barely need to water.
What other looks would work well for front yard landscaping? Share your ideas in the comments.