50 Best Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and Garden Designs
23. Coleus and Hosta “Flower” Beds
Flowers are beautiful, but many annuals have a limited life span and perennials take some effort to maintain.
For a splash of color without any need for flowers, try incorporating different varieties of coleus amongst established hostas for a showy but low maintenance display. This is especially useful in shady yards or beneath trees where sun-hungry flowers may fail to thrive.
Coleus come in a wide variety of color combinations from subdued variegated greens to hot pink and orange to velvety dark reds. Western gardeners should consider coral bells as a hardy, low water alternative to coleus.
24. Structured Evergreen Garden Beds with Colorful Planters
No matter what style of house or what kind of climate you have, a permanent and structural evergreen landscape with colorful planted containers makes for an easy to care for and easy to update look.
The classic low boxwood hedge draws visitors eyes and feet to the front door while topiary evergreens and a white barked multi-trunked tree bring height and year-round drama to the entryway.
As spring flowers fade in the planted containers, exchange them for summer favorites, then add hardy kale or mums in the fall. This style of front garden is almost universally flattering and easy to care for and is worth replicating!
25. Mini Mailbox Flower Bed
Even if your front yard is limited to a small strip of ground between the sidewalk and the road, make the most of it by planting a colorful bed of flowers at the base of your mailbox.
Any number of annuals or ground covers can be used at the base to create a small but showy display which will delight your mailman and passers-by.
Be aware that if your greenery blocks your driveway’s line of sight or if the strip of land beside the road belongs to your local municipality and not to your property, you may be asked to remove this kind of roadside flower bed.
26. Sophisticated Japanese Garden Beds
This bold look is perfect for mid-century or modern homes where the home’s architecture pairs well with structured beds. In this example, the homeowner has cleverly matched stone on the walls of the house to the stone used for the garden beds.
A Japanese maple takes pride of place in the central bed. These dwarf maple trees have colorful foliage which is often bronze or red year round. Other notable features include the tall planters that flank the doorway and the stone pillar fountain.
Both of these elements help cut the strong horizontal lines created by the home and planting beds and pull the eye towards the entryway.
27. Sweet and Rustic Stone Edged Flowerbed
If you need a simple way to establish and define a flower bed, a shallow stacked stone retainer wall is a great option.
In a sloped yard, a stone border can help sculpt the landscape and retain flat terraced sections giving you more gardening options and adding drama. In this particular example, a low stone barrier has been used to contain ground cover planted beneath a tree.
Not only does this help to define the separation between the flower bed and the lawn around it, but it also makes it easier to trim the grass around the bed, giving a tidier appearance to the yard.
28. 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.
29. Signpost and Plant Hanger
This ingenious sign post allows you to display your house number and also offers display space for a hanging basket.
If the entryway to your home is set back from the road or if you have a prominent garage which blocks the view of passers-by, displaying your house number closer to the road is not only decorative but practical as well.
A stained corner fence post, some inexpensive metal house numbers and a metal hanging basket arm are easily found and purchased at a home supply store.
For less than the cost of a restaurant meal, you can make a creative and attractive display like the one shown here.