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    75 Front Yard Landscape Ideas: The Ultimate Reference Guide

    The old saying, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression,” is true—and it’s certainly true when it comes to your home’s front yard. After all, your front yard is what neighbors, friends, and family notice first about your home. What does your front yard say about you? Does your front yard complement your home, reflecting your unique style—or does it miss the mark? 

    If you’re ready to transform your ordinary front yard into something extraordinary, or you’re simply looking for landscape flower ideas, you’re in the right place. Take a look at these 75 landscape front yard pictures for a bit of inspiration, then contact us for a free consultation on turning your dream landscape into a reality.

    1. When choosing a landscape company, talk with them about your goals and the first impression you want to create.

    Do you want your space to feel like an English cottage garden, or are you looking for a modern, contemporary vibe? Are there landscape elements you want to highlight or downplay? Feel free to share landscape front yard pictures to help illustrate the kind of landscaping you like.

    blue house clay paver driveway

    2. The little details can truly make your landscape garden design feel unique.

    Here, planting colorful annuals in lattice flower boxes complements the larger theme of the overall front yard.

    white lattice window box

    3. Remember, the front landscape should direct your eye to where you enter the property, either to the front door or to the area designated for parking.

    Here, the home’s front entry is paved with Idaho Gold flagstone; the Whitacre Greer clay paver apron matches the driveway.


    4. The landscape flower ideas for your front yard should set the overall theme for the entire property.

    For example, upon seeing this traditional-style garden in the front yard, friends and family would anticipate seeing similar plants, hardscape materials, and details echoed in the back patio.

    mixed perennial bed front yard chicago

    5. Use your hardscape elements to emphasize the main entry point you want guests to see, and avoid spreading a finite number of plants, hardscape, and architectural features to multiple areas in the front yard.

    Here, colorful flowers, lush groundcover, and hardy shrubbery create complementary (but not competing) focal points for the yard, while all paths lead to the front steps. 

    lush lawn in front of classic home

    6. When landscaping, all elements—even your mailbox—are open for interpretation.

    This whimsical mailbox, planted with annuals, serves as a beautiful detail in the larger landscape—a perfect idea for those looking for landscape ideas for the front yard on a budget.

    mailbox planter on post

    7. Your landscape should reflect your specific tastes, preferences, and even talents.

    Here, cupola garden art made by the homeowner is the garden’s focal point.

    garden art cupola

    8. Creating a layered effect with your landscaping allows you to naturally lead one’s eye to where you want it to go, shifting it from the grass and lower bedding plants to larger shrubs or ornamental trees.

    stone entry steps with bluestone walkway

    9. When planning your front yard landscape, remember that it is typically viewed from a distance.

    Dramatic, high-impact colors and textures will create the impression you’re looking for even when viewed from the road.

    fountain on pedestal in garden

    10. If the budget is a concern, concentrate the majority of your plantings in areas you want to emphasize.

    Here, red Knockout roses in the forefront and close to the house provide a beautiful contrast with the lush green lawn and ground cover plantings.

    red roses in front of white clapboard house

    11. Choosing shrubs for the front of the house is key to setting the tone for your landscape.

    Here, the homeowner chose shorter varieties of shrubbery to help create a more formal-feeling front garden area.

    formal front entry garden

    12. A fountain can make a dramatic statement in a front yard.

    Here, the front entry courtyard features a sunken urn water feature surrounded by bluestone and lined with cobbles.

    sunken bowl fountain

    13. When envisioning your landscape, remember that fewer types of plantings, larger groups, and a large sweeping layout will provide a more significant visual impact than a "onesie/twosie" plant layout with numerous standalone plantings.

    large trees in foreground of lush landscape

    14. Your driveway is an integral part of your landscape garden design for most homes, so it’s essential to pay attention to how it impacts your yard’s overall look and feel.

    This crushed stone driveway—made from decomposed granite—complements the home’s exterior.

    red crushed granite driveway

    15. Aim to incorporate hardscape elements that complement each other and complement the home’s exterior.

    Here, the decomposed granite path adds a casual touch of elegance while echoing the surface of the larger driveway.

    decomposed granite path with boxwood hedges

    16. For the best results, ensure that you integrate and create a similar landscape style as your home’s architecture.

    Here, replacing the standard concrete drive with brick pavers that complement the home’s brick exterior gives the entire property an upgrade.

    red brick driveway herringbone pattern

    17. Combining straight lines and curves adds visual interest and allows the space to feel casual, warm, and welcoming.

    winding bluestone pathway lined with annuals

    18. Never underestimate the powerful beauty of a perfectly-manicured, lush green lawn.

    manicured lawn

    19. Use light, height, color, and texture to help screen your home from neighboring properties and frame your residence to emphasize its unique architectural and landscape features.

    planting beds around trees

    20. The best driveway or entryway is both beautiful and practical.

    Ensure that your driveway provides an appropriate field of vision for vehicular access and that you can easily enter/exit safely and without damaging your landscape.

    driveway made with red clay pavers

    21. Different textures can add interest and beauty to your garden.

    Here, the glossy river rocks below the whimsical water feature add a lustrous sheen to the plant beds.

    bird fountain on river rocks

    22. Containers allow you to easily change and maintain your landscape garden design without a lot of effort.

    Here, terra cotta pots filled with plants of varying colors and textures help bring beauty to the patio.

    potted annuals spilling over

    23. Choose plants that complement your home, grow well in your landscape, and make you happy.

    Here, giant Annabelle hydrangeas—a favorite of the homeowners—cheerfully greet friends and family.

    white hydrangea

    24. Large swaths of a few plants provide a sense of intention and impact, adding to your home’s curb appeal.

    tall red perennials in mixed bed

    25. Make the most of the space you have.

    Here, an urban garden shines by taking advantage of plants with varying textures, colors, and heights.

    courtyard garden in the city

    26. Create a front yard cottage garden with a small circular patio.

    27. Looking for unique landscape flower ideas? Intersperse edible plants (like nasturtium) along with flowering plants for a tasty, beautiful garden.

    28. Add visual interest by including seasonal elements—for example, pumpkins and hay bales to help celebrate autumn.

    29. Create a comfortable, welcoming seating space by designating an area with crushed rock and stone pavers.

    30. Frame a small front yard with a fence to separate the garden area from the parking area and the street.

    31. Forego a lawn altogether and make flowers, shrubs, and a stone walkway the focal point of your front yard.

    32. Adding an arch with trailing plants can create a beautiful, dramatic entryway for your home.

    33. Break up a large driveway/walkway area with the addition of a beautiful, colorful garden oasis.

    34. Complement the brick trim on your home with a driveway crafted from recycled clay bricks.

    35. Tightly trimmed shrubs and hedges with clean lines add to the formal feeling of your home's yard and garden.

    36. Create a less formal, more welcoming feel for your yard by planting beds in organic shapes.

    37. Iron fencing along with stone columns create an impressive entryway.

    38. A thoughtfully placed bench serves as a great place to enjoy the yard's natural beauty.

    39. Add interest to a formal garden by adding a water feature.

    40. When choosing plants, consider adding varieties that will provide structure and beauty even during the chillier months.

    41. Enjoy additional privacy and seclusion with a mix of mature trees and lush ground cover.

    42. The formal garden creates a sense of symmetry that complements the home's symmetrical design.

    43. Add a sense of whimsy to a formal garden by incorporating unusual shapes.

    44. Give your in-town home the feel of a country estate with a large, circular driveway.

    45. Irregularly cut stone creates a rustic, organic-feeling pathway.

    46. For the greatest visual impact, ensure your modern home has a similarly contemporary landscape.

    47. Use large stone pavers to create visual interest and provide a stepping stone pathway to the front door.

    48. Remember to add lighting to your front yard landscape for both safety and visual interest.

    49. To create a grand entrance, consider using different but complementary materials in your driveway.

    50. Choose a variety of annuals and perennials to ensure your garden has color and texture year-round.

    51. Consider using limestone to create a retaining wall that is both beautiful and functional.

    52. Don't forget the small details; the address column is backlit for ease of reading, even at night, and also serves as a planter.

    53. Incorporate existing mature trees and shrubbery into your landscape plan for the best results.

    54. Poured concrete steps are both practical and attractive.

    55. Including shade-tolerant ground cover plants creates a lush, visually interesting landscape.

    56. A water feature is a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to a shady front yard.

    57. Incorporate one-of-a-kind elements—like these stained glass doors—to create a landscape style unique to your tastes.

    58. Choose hardscape materials that complement the colors and textures of your home's exterior.

    59. Use both natural and manmade elements—like this laser-cut screen—to provide the level of privacy your home needs.

    60. Intersperse pops of color in your hardscape elements for a one-of-a-kind look.

    61. Consider an English country garden to complement your traditional or farmhouse-style home.

    62. Including rocks in your landscaping plan adds visual interest and reduces the amount of water necessary for upkeep.

    63. Driveways and entryways don't have to be boring; use a mix of materials in a dramatic pattern to create a stunning entryway.

    64. Add walkways from your home to different areas of your yard using weather-resistant materials like flagstone.

    65. Take advantage of container planting for seasonal plants that add pops of color to your landscape.

    66. Use different textures in your hardscape and landscape to create visual interest even during winter months.

    67. Look for ways to add pops of color even as the weather gets cooler by planting cold-hearty varieties like mums and ornamental cabbage.

    68. For a look that's always up-to-date, style your container gardens to reflect the theme of each season.

    69. Look for ways to make your hardscape elements multi-purpose, like this retaining wall that also serves as a seat wall.

    70. Incorporating seating areas into your front yard landscape design will allow you to get the most enjoyment out of your beautiful space.

    71. For a traditional look, consider adding a white picket fence into your landscape design as a way to separate garden areas.

    72. Include plants, shrubs, and trees of varying heights, textures and colors for a vibrant landscape design.

    73. Use an inlay pattern to visually differentiate between your driveway and your drive court.

    74. Immense planters that flank the front entrance create the perfect place for seasonal offerings while adding drama and beauty to the entryway.

    75. Raised beds provide excellent drainage and serve as an effective barrier against typical garden pests.

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