Home Tips: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Make a huge street-side impression with the right plants, flowers, and landscaping for your front yard. Not sure where to begin? Get inspired by these front yard landscape ideas.


Tip #1: Walk Way

A curving bluestone walkway crafts a journey to the front door of this modern interpretation of cottage style. Wide, gentle curves make mowing a breeze, and matching planters mark the start and end of the walk—and provide a place to add bright blooms to the scene.


Tip #2: Go Green

Informal plantings complement this quaint cottage. Boxwoods and other evergreens blend beautifully with the home’s yellow exterior, echoing the deep green of shutters and doors.


Tip #3: Forest Getaway

Stone-edged beds and a cozy blanket of pine straw mulch help this getaway home blend into its North Carolina mountain setting. Foundation plantings include a mix of evergreens and birch trees, which offer strong multi-season interest. By arranging plantings to the sides of the spacious front porch, views of a raised planting bed and surrounding forest remain unobstructed.

Tip #4: Elegant Balance

Neatly clipped boxwood hedges give this entry a formal ambiance, an ideal accompaniment to this luxurious estate-style home. Mirror image plantings outside the front door give the garden a sense of balance that reflects the structure.


Tip #5: Lighting

Use landscape lights to improve nighttime visibility and showcase plantings. Uplighting a tree transforms it into a living work of art.


Tip # 6: Neutral Palette 

This entry proves that a simple color scheme can earn rave reviews. Dark gray contrasts beautifully with the natural wood tones of porch columns, garage door, and fence, and an asymmetrical walk pairs well with the home’s craftsman details. Fill small beds with slow-growing plants that won’t outgrow their spots.