Roll out a blooming front yard welcome mat with the help of easy-care landscaping. Annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, and color-rich trees create a lush landscape that sets the scene for a warm, inviting home year-round.
Get started transforming your front yard with these simple tips and techniques. Whether you choose to overhaul your entire front yard in one season or spread the work and investment over several seasons, thoughtful planning before you begin will yield results that last for decades.
1. Creating Art In Small Front Yard Landscaping
Curves and swirls in different colored stones and textures create a stunning effect on a small backyard. The different plants scattered within the patch of swirls and curves create the perfect bed for the landscape. This landscaping is common for most Japanese gardens and has caught much attention in today’s trends.
2. Steps and Lights
This style is ideal for steep front curbs. Random steps of different shapes are highlighted and interspersed with pocket gardens. The modern house number serves as a nice focal point.
3. Floral Front Yard
Overflowing with your favorite flowers, window boxes are a irresistible draw for the eye. Consider planting flowers in a shade that complements the color of your home. Or, for dramatic effect, mix in a second plant that picks up your trim color.
4. Tiered Block Beds
Take your garden to the next level with these sturdy and functional tiered garden beds. A sloped lawn can be tricky to maintain as they are often more difficult to mow and can develop dry or wet spots where water settles unevenly. However, they offer great opportunities for terraced beds like these. Whether you view your sloped yard as a blessing or a curse, this block wall offers a simple way to add some structure to your front garden design. Brick, natural stone, or industrial concrete walls are viable alternatives to the paver bricks used in this example.
5. Creative Garden Edging
Landscaping smaller yards can have an advantage especially since edging will also be easier to design and will only require a few items to create a stunning clean effect.
6. No-Flower Garden
Very common to modern front yards is the absence of flowering plants.
7. Simple Flower Beds
Flower beds bursting with a variety of textures and colors adds interest to this rustic barn-turned-guest house, while hanging flower pots anchor the porch.
8. Modern Craftsman Lighted Path
These metal garden path lights are a sleek alternative to the lantern-like pathway lights normally sold at home stores. While pathway lights aren’t always necessary, they tend to offer a more welcoming feel to a home’s entryway. By choosing to update this one element, you can take your landscape design up a notch. Paired with a cut flagstone path and a pleasing mix of grasses, annuals, and evergreens, this front garden idea is a solid mix of modern and classic elements.
9. Fill in The Grass for The Perfect Lawn
A perfect lawn can create a lovely backdrop for other plants as well as other decorations for the front yard. The solid green of the grass can help other colors pop from the rest of the display in the front yard. A clean lawn also makes the front yard more attractive even when it is smaller than other usual yards.
10. Corner Gardening
Dedicate one corner of the yard for flower gardening. This option keeps most of the yard sparse and clutter-free, while creating an interesting corner.
11. Discreet Flower Bed Lighting
Lantern-style lighting isn’t always aesthetically pleasing or practical for a front garden design. If you’ve been searching for an alternative light source that won’t conflict with your modern landscape – or if you’re simply tired of having to weed or mow around lantern lights – then this ingenious idea may be the creative solution you need. Exterior rope lights are low visibility during the day and seamlessly blend into the edge of any garden bed. At night, they cast a glow right where your visitors need it, and help define your entryway path.
12. Desert Oasis
Even in the hottest parts of the world, you can create a colorful and welcoming entryway garden. Suitable for the extreme climates of Arizona and the central valley of California, this design makes use of native cactus and agaves in lieu of standard evergreens for a year-round hint of green. Stone and gravel are a desert landscaper’s best friends and are used well here to define a small but welcome patch of lawn. If you can’t be bothered to mow such a small area, or if you prefer to be as water efficient as possible, swap living turf for artificial grass instead.
13. 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.
14. Colorful Succulents on Display
While others prefer larger plants, colorful succulents are options that will brighten up a small front yard. Displaying a mix of colorful succulents on a decorative pot brings color to the usual green front yard. Succulents are also relatively easy to maintain and can be transferred to different pots and plant boxes easily.
15. Garden Water Feature
Transform an innocuous garden faucet into a stunning and creative water feature. Still serves the purpose, but in a whole new wonderful package.
16. 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.
17. Wood and Bamboo Front
Basic, classic, and minimalist.
18. 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.
19. Xeriscape Feature
An eye-catching xeriscape feature will make a perfect focal point for your front yard.
20. 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.
21. Black Planters
Modern planters are large, shaped, and come in basic bold colours – most specifically black.
22. 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.
23. Red Box Planters
Bright red planters against the quiet earthy colours are defiant and striking. Use it when you want to divert attention to certain spots.
24. Modern Industrial Cinderblock Planter Bed
If you think a cinderblock planter must look bland and utilitarian, think again. By staggering the layout of the blocks you can create small planters for succulents around the outside of the main raised bed. This kind of block wall creates a simple and clean look that compliments modern landscaping well. Instead of the plants shown here, you can use plants best suited to your climate such as evergreens, ferns, hostas, and so on. Keep in mind that the best way to replicate this front yard landscaping idea is by keeping the plantings sparse and the lines clean.
25. Terraced Gardening
Do not let an inclined frontage prevent you from creating an eye-catching front garden. Make it work for your space like this terraced garden.
26. Easy Care Evergreen Entryway
Have a black thumb? No time to garden? Want an entryway landscape that you can virtually ignore? Evergreens like junipers require relatively little watering, stay green year round, and are hard to kill once they are established. As a bonus, they are easily sculpted into topiary forms which provide a lot of visual interest to a home’s entryway. At this home, a small fountain has been added as well as a few annuals for some color. If you’re looking for the bare essentials, you can’t go wrong with several evergreens in a well-mulched or stone filled bed.
27. Stone and Wood
Back to the basics. Rough stone and wood planks give the stark lines of modern front yards a defining character.
28. Porch Full of Petunias
Petunias are often overlooked by green thumbs and experienced landscapers, but this humble but tough flower can not only add to your front yard landscaping idea but can even be the star of the show. In this yard, petunias are used both in the hanging baskets on the porch but as a highlight in the flower beds as well. This is not only practical but helps to visually tie the look of the home and yard together with color. Because petunias don’t mind dry soils and bloom for an extended period of time, they are a perfect choice for hanging baskets no matter where you live.
29. Stepping Stones and Pavers
We’ve seen a move away from solid pavements and a favour towards cut out pavers lining pathways, interspersed with round stones.