50 Best Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and Garden Designs
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Circular Shade-Loving Annuals Flower Bed
The area beneath mature shade trees can be challenging to properly landscape. Most annuals are sun-loving and don’t do well in the near-constant shade of established trees.
However, there are some varieties of annual as well as many groundcovers which can thrive in this environment. Sweet alyssum, coleus, begonias, touch-me-nots, and pansies are all able to enjoy this kind of shaded ground.
This well-structured bed is edged with pavers both to keep the flower bed tidy and to make it easier to mow around the tree without disturbing the tree’s roots. But a rough, unmortared rock wall could be used instead for a more rustic look.
12. 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.
13. Simple Lighted Driveway Bed
Driveways benefit from the addition of a narrow bed along their length. Not only does this give your yard a tidier and more appealing look, but it allows you to add lighting to the edge of the driveway to guide guests to your door.
These small lanterns aren’t only fun and whimsical, but are practical, too! Both solar and wired lights are available in most gardening and home stores and, along with the small boxwood shrubs, create instant curb appeal for any house.
Edged with pavers and thickly mulched, you shouldn’t have many problems with weeds, making this a low-maintenance option for any entryway.
14. Lush Hydrangeas and Hostas
Southern elegance meets cottage charm in this front garden design. While it may seem monochrome to many, the lush combination of hostas and hydrangeas creates a simple but pleasing spring and summer option.
Ideally, you should pair these two plants with a few evergreens to ensure year-round interest, as the verdant beauty of the hostas will fade with the first frosts.
Both hydrangeas and hostas like and even prefer some shade, so this combination is best suited to yards with mature trees or in areas where they will be shaded by the house itself during the afternoon.
15. Water-Wise Western Water Feature
If you live in an area with unreliable rain or where water resources are limited, consider planting your front yard with drought-resistant foliage and flowers.
As you can see in this example, water-wise gardening does not have to mean a spartan aesthetic! Many traditional garden flowers such as roses are actually quite hardy in drier yards, and flowering herbs like rosemary, lavender, and thyme do amazingly well with little watering.
In this particular yard, a small water and rock feature has created an appealing backdrop for a wide variety of drought-resistant plants and creates a rustic cottage feel to what might otherwise be a rather ordinary entryway.