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Next Up How to Landscape a Shady Yard See how a landscape designer helps the owners of a large yard solve the problem of too much shade and an unsightly view of the neighbor’s utilities. How to Determine Your Gardening Zone The newly revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can help pinpoint your gardening zone to within a half-mile of your home. How to Landscape a Sloping Backyard See how the owners of a large townhome have a landscape designer solve the problem of a sloped backyard and a dull front yard. Mulch Your Way to Better Landscape Design Mulch your way to prettier, healthier plantings. Learn which type of mulch to use, when to use it and where to use it. How to Landscape with Groundcover Learn how to make the most of your lawn and garden spaces with these tips for using groundcover plants in your landscaping design. 10 Landscaping Plants Learn about the characteristics of popular plants for landscaping projects, along with tips for their care. Landscaping for Dog Owners Dogs hard at play can take quite a toll on backyard landscaping. Our experts share tips on plants and grass that will stand up to the family pet. Drought Tolerant Plants DIY considers the art of xeriscaping, your water bill and some creative alternatives to the overly thirsty grass lawn. Landscape Design Strategy: Control the Focal Points A smart makeover focuses attention on the landscape’s assets and hides its weaknesses. Plant Variety Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.
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Front Yard Landscaping Plants

How to Landscape a Shady Yard See how a landscape designer helps the owners of a large yard solve the problem of too much shade and an unsightly view of the neighbor’s utilities. How to Determine Your Gardening Zone The newly revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can help pinpoint your gardening zone to within a half-mile of your home. How to Landscape a Sloping Backyard See how the owners of a large townhome have a landscape designer solve the problem of a sloped backyard and a dull front yard. Mulch Your Way to Better Landscape Design Mulch your way to prettier, healthier plantings. Learn which type of mulch to use, when to use it and where to use it. How to Landscape with Groundcover Learn how to make the most of your lawn and garden spaces with these tips for using groundcover plants in your landscaping design. 10 Landscaping Plants Learn about the characteristics of popular plants for landscaping projects, along with tips for their care. Landscaping for Dog Owners Dogs hard at play can take quite a toll on backyard landscaping. Our experts share tips on plants and grass that will stand up to the family pet. Drought Tolerant Plants DIY considers the art of xeriscaping, your water bill and some creative alternatives to the overly thirsty grass lawn. Landscape Design Strategy: Control the Focal Points A smart makeover focuses attention on the landscape’s assets and hides its weaknesses. Plant Variety Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.
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Front Yard Landscaping Plants

Creating an Attractive Front Every house facade and site have visual assets and liabilities. The well-done front yard highlights the pleasing points and masks the poor ones. All the elements of good design come into play as you arrange your component parts for the ideal front yard. But don’t be put off by the aesthetic terms — balance, scale, unity, and the like — used by designers. All are largely a matter of common sense. If a scene pleases your eye, then it’s probably well designed. If your house needs or will adapt to your desire for a special theme garden like colonial, cottage, Oriental, or Spanish, the look must begin in the front yard. Themes are successful only if you unify all the garden aspects carefully. You’ll also need to determine if your preference is for, and your site demands, a formal or informal landscape. Formal settings include strong geometric lines and architectural features, clipped hedges, and uniformly shaped plants and beds. Informal designs are marked by free-flowing, natural-looking elements. Generally, informal home styles and sloping land require less rigid landscapes. Formal houses and flat land can be treated either way. To achieve balance in a landscape, try to position elements so they give equal weight — through size, color, texture, or other aspects — to each side of a scene. How formal this weighting should be again is dictated by style of house and personal preference. Symmetrical houses often look best when each feature and plant is duplicated on the opposite side of a front walk (as long as the walk isn’t too long or too narrow). Most houses, though, are asymmetrical, since they have only one garage or drive. In this case, balance is more subtle. Perhaps a tall tree belongs on the side opposite the driveway. Achieving pleasant scale — or, keeping elements in proportion to each other — is also subtle, since plants must grow before you can be sure. Choose plants that will complement your home’s size at maturity, as well as some plants that will grow fast enough to quickly make a mark. Don’t let anything dwarf your house. The design principles of unity and simplicity often go together. Several plants of the same color and kind have more effect and give greater pleasure in a landscape than one each of several types. Use only enough variety for sustaining bloom and adding visual interest. If you want more types of plants, say for continual harvests of many kinds of fruit, try combining plants with similar or at least compatible shapes, textures, and foliage or bloom colors.
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Plants and Structures The architectural features of your yard will be the most expensive and permanent. You may want to plan them in stages: the driveway first, good steps and walks next, porch or fence the next year. Select materials that will add to your landscape, not ruin its harmony. Plantings are easier to install and change, but you’ll want to be sure to put them in the right places so they can quickly play a role. Trees, shrubs, and ground covers are permanent purchases that increase in size and value and take little maintenance. You can even use many edible plants in place of or along with ornamentals. They present little extra work except for harvesting. Flowers take care and often require replanting, but they can fill in the gaps until your woody plants gain enough size to stand alone. Annuals — like kochia, four-o’clock, strawflower, impatiens, datura, and angel’s-trumpet — and perennials — like peony, bee balm, and hosta — can substitute for shrubs the first year or two. Lawns take the most resources, work, and equipment of any aspect of landscaping. To conserve both fossil and human energy, consider alternatives to lawn, especially in regions where rainfall is inadequate. If your front yard is too large for constant mowing and watering, use mulch or ground covers for islands around trees and shrubs. Fence or mark off an area for turf and use the rest for meadow, pasture, or woodland. Don’t let your front yard make you a slave to more work than you enjoy.
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Assess Your House from the Outside Standard plantings fora one-story house oftenlack design. Here thesmall shrubs make the houselook drab and out of place. The builder’s bit of lawn, two trees, and few foundation shrubs fall far short of the existing possibilities. Streetscaping is an excellent investment in both present enjoyment and future value. A pleasant view from the street gives a sense of individual pride and accomplishment. And it adds greatly to your property’s value by setting the yard apart and making it beautiful. The first thing to do when planning a new front yard is to recognize your bias. The satisfaction of returning home and that you see your front yard from inside the house can skew your feelings about how your yard looks to the public. For a more honest assessment, walk down the street, then turn back. Do the same from the other direction. Also, get in your car and approach your house slowly from each direction.
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The old rule that the front yard is for the public and the backyard is for fun and family is sometimes better broken. Is your front yard the sunniest in a cool climate? The coolest in summer? On the south side where tender plants and fruit can best survive the cold? The largest part of your yard? Then reclaim some or all of it for private family use. A wall, fence, or sometimes only a small screen can give you the privacy you need.
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Plan a Functional Entryway Pay particular attention when planning your front yard to making your home’s entrance clear and inviting. Use plants and structures to lead people where you can greet them most gracefully. Dramatize the front door with a lamppost, an accent shrub, a trellis to block the rain or wind, or pots of geraniums. Be sure knockers and bells are evident, at a convenient height, and not hidden behind a locked screen door. The best stoops are large enough for two people to stand on with some cover from the elements and for doors to swing open. A bench here is a great help. Driveways, too, should be readily visible. A simple, low planting can mark the turn. If trees or shrubs obstruct the view, remove them for safety’s sake. Where curves or slopes are involved, the placement of the driveway on one side of the yard or another can make a marked increase in visibility. For night arrivals, lighting should mark the turn from the road to the drive, from the drive to the walk, any curves or steps, and the front door.

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