50 Best Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and Garden Designs
16. Elegant Mediterranean Inspired Fountain Bed
Mediterranean features not only make a yard feel more balanced and elegant but are another great option for drought-prone gardens. Broad paved pathways converge to create a small plaza in the middle of this yard.
The entry gate is flanked by planted urns which add interest and height to the garden, and also help to highlight the simple but charming fountain and its flower bed.
Petunias are hardy plants and will continue to flower in hot weather, making them an ideal choice for this type of display. Water-wise annuals and ground covers ring the fountain without crowding it.
17. 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.
18. Clean and Modern Stone Gravel Planted Beds
If you enjoy the clean lines and serenity of stone gravel beds, you’ll enjoy the spa-like elegance of this landscape design. The contrast between the planted beds and the neatly clipped lawn make this aesthetic ideal not only for a residence but for businesses, too!
By primarily choosing low-maintenance perennials and shrubs, you can not only create more height variety and therefore visual interest, but you’ll also create a low-maintenance landscape that changes with the seasons.
The large concrete orbs in the gravel bed create a focal point, but you could easily replace them with topiary evergreens or with large natural stone boulders for a more rustic vibe.
19. Rustic Log Planters
Planters are a great way to enliven a specific area of the yard, and a hollowed log or stump is a great natural alternative to concrete or plastic. As a bonus, you probably already have a stump or log in your yard you can use for this kind of display.
If not, try searching the free ads in your area, and you are likely to find someone who is more than willing to give you their downed tree. While a log planter looks great in many yards, it will truly look at home in a rustic cottage garden.
20. 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.
21. Cactus-Free Desert Landscaping
The clean look and neutral tones of a modern home are a perfect aesthetic match for this cactus-free front yard landscaping idea. Native desert plants are partnered with yellow kangaroo paw, an Australian import, to create a simple but dynamic xeriscaped landscape.
While the yellow flowers of the kangaroo paw might be the most eye-catching flowers in this photo, the silvery green texas ranger bushes in the background are known for their abundant displays purple or pink flowers which appear after summer rains.
Along with the silver blue foliage of the ground cover and the well-established grasses, this mixture of drought hardy plants softens the hard lines of the stairway and proves that there’s more to desert landscaping than just cactus.
22. Tree Stump Planter
Tree stumps can be difficult and expensive to remove. Instead of ripping out a stump after a tree removal, turn an ugly eyesore into a beautiful feature of your front yard by turning it into a flower planter. Simply create a hollow in the stump, and plant with annuals.
Not only will the tree stump help maintain soil moisture and provide some nutrients for your flowers, but the soil microbes and fungi that grow among the roots your flowers will break down the stump more quickly. This kind of make-do display is especially well-suited to cottage-style gardens or rustic, woodsy yards.