Front Yard Landscaping Ideas: Tiny But Tidy

small front yardImage courtesy of Julie Orr Design

Black-eyed Susans and a vine covered garden bench give this tiny front yard casual charm. Designer Julie Orr used mulch and ornamental grasses to keep the yard low maintenance.

What small front yard gardens lack in size they make up for in their big opportunity to showcase creativity.

Although what constitutes “small” varies, experts say following basic landscaping and interior design concepts will help create a captivating front yard garden.

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“Use a simple plant palette, ” said Sierra Hart, director of design for Santa Rosa, California based Allen Land Design.

“Repeat key foundation plants in groupings and then choose one or two accent plants that punctuate a key transition, a dead corner or a particularly compelling view line.”

Allen Land Design turned a boring front yard into a stylish stone-scape by repeating design elements. The yard features stone slab steps and patio landings with a stucco wall, curved steel walls and boulders for retaining. 


Image courtesy of Allen Land Design.

This Santa , California home features stone slab steps and patio landings with a stucco wall, curved steel walls and boulders for retaining. The multi-level garden boasts a mixed Mediterranean palette of green-grey foliage, ornamental grasses and lavender and yellow flowers. Tall containers are used with Italian cypress for vertical interest.

small front yardAnother Santa home had a large circular driveway that ate up most of the front yard. Confronted with a sea of concrete separating thin patches of yard, Allen Land Design used cranes to bring in mature olive trees to soften the entrance to the home.

“That was the foundation for our landscape design, ” said Hart.

To soften the driveway they planted masses of lavender and bronze sedge. Hart suggests using what she calls “swatches of color” to soften large hardscapes or driveways. Start with taller scrubs, she said, and then add an accent plant for visual impact, as they did with the lavender and bronze sedge.

Confronted with a sea of concrete separating thin patches of yard, Allen Land Design used cranes to bring in mature olive trees to soften the entrance to the home.

“I don’t have a formula for how much color to plant. It depends on the size of the yard. But you need to feel like it’s a mass of color. It’s almost like painting with a color palette. You need to experience the color.”

Hart recommends using garden furniture, such as an antique bench to expand livable space to the outdoors. “It gives you the feeling of being in an outdoor living room even in a small space, ” she said. For “flooring” spread gravel and stone, said Hart.

One thing is absolutely essential for front yard design said Marta Carlson, landscape designer for Professional Grounds in Virginia. Take the change of seasons into account and anticipate how your yard will look throughout the year. “Always have an evergreen foundation plant so there’s enough there in the winter time and perhaps install trees that could shade the house during the summer.”

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Source: www.hgtvgardens.com


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Some ideas

First, congratulations on your new house!
GardenWeb is a great website with lots of forums for different topics. magazine has some good ideas every month and is helpful to subscribe to when you are starting out.
The Sunset Western Garden Book is also a great book for you to have. If money is tight, you can generally find these on eBay or at yard sales (the older editions are just as good as the new one).
There are a few magazines that have garden designs in them. Go to a large bookstore and peruse the gardening mag section... you are looking for magazines that say "fifty preplanned front gardens," etc

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