The glass fence creates soft screening between the front yard, pool, house and the public sidewalk. It also provides shelter from the salt-laden wind for the veggie beds and a couple of small fruit trees. Salvaged grape stake fencing keeps dogs out of the veggie beds, without discouraging a neighborly chat or exchange of produce.
Millennials are interested in outdoor spaces that provide a fantastic experience to socialize, to be alone and to commune with nature. In the Eastmark community in Arizona, the parks boast fire pits and moveable furniture and are designed to be extensions of front yards, according to design firm AndersonBaron, an Arizona American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 winner.
The stream that bisects this family's front yard is as elegant and peaceful as any stream found naturally occurring. Designed to mimic a stream that might be found in the mountains around the home, small stones line the riverbed, while large stones are placed around the river to give it boundaries, but also to make it look more natural.
What was once the front yard entrance to a mid-century ranch house is now the site of a two story pavilion with a manicured lawn and formal garden. The pavilion adjoins the owner’s estate on the left while the far right side of the formal garden is where the driveway once existed from the previous home.
Here’s an idea that may not require going any further than your front yard: Mix magnolia leaves and branches of berries in a rustic wooden container. Cut the leaves in bunches using floral shears; then secure them to a foam floral brick inside of the container. Next, camouflage the brick by layering the berries on and around it.
Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan started with a yard sale table and layered in finds, such as a tobacco stick star, a pinecone garland and a frame from an old dresser. Ticking ribbon and wooden Christmas trees painted to look like old grain sacks are in keeping with the farmhouse theme. "I love collecting vintage items throughout the year, then mixing them together to create rustic and farm-style vignettes," says Buchanan, who blogs at AttaGirlSays.
The natural textures of this home create a lovely understated country design. A mulched yard and rock walls add natural texture. Red siding sections and blue shutters and door add pops of color. The polished wood of the entryway serves as the focal point with a rock bed and concrete walkway leading to it.
The local flowers and plants that line the walkway to the front door add color and texture to the front yard. The outdoor spaces of the home are equipped with smart technology that monitors the weather and conditions in the area, with an irrigation controller that uses real-time weather data to automate watering and allow the user to turn on the sprinklers through a smart phone.
This small Portland front yard was transformed into a multi-level tapestry of color that looks good in all seasons. Japanese maples, sentinel yew and evergreen clematis add height. The colors of the tulips, wallflower and 'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple echo the home's burgundy trim. Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture in your own entryway garden.
A circular fire pit is constructed of white masonry that is identical to the home and the retaining wall that serves as the foundation of the floating cedar bench. By using the same material throughout all the home's architectural features, the backyard space gains continuity in its design as well as a connectedness to the home itself and the features of the front yard.
For her own front yard, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates Inc. matched the hardscape to her home's architectural syle for a cozy cottage garden. To keep the yard low maintenance she laid a large patio using Arizona flagstones, then filled the rest of the space with lush flower beds. A reclaimed concrete bowl is transformed into a water feature that brings the sound of rain to the garden.
An attractive circular driveway with gray-toned pavers and a graphite tone curb border leads from the street up to the house and detached garage, that was equipped with a pool table and other amenities. “The idea is to go ahead and open the detached garage and be able to just entertain in the front yard as much as you do in the backyard,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Thick, decorative grass creates a lush plant line leading to the front door of this home. Sunlight highlights the vivid natural color of the healthy, spacious yard. White columns support the covered front porch and a textured neutral siding fits beautifully with the rich plant surroundings.
This white home catches the sunlight for a lovely bright exterior. A mulched yard compliments the roof shingles and allows the mix of plant life to shine. A concrete walkway moves through the plants and leads to the black front door.
The yucca plants in this yard have their own planter box to make the spaces for each type of plants defined. Behind the yucca, there are cacti lining the gabion wall. Each of these species of plant are drought resistant, so they will not need much water in the coming summer heat.
Trade lawn for a long and lovely rain garden, complete with a bridge to span the water collection basin. This rain garden creates a focal point in the landscape with its footbridge. It’s part of an environmentally friendly front yard that replaces water guzzling lawn with eye-catching planting beds. The upper edges of the rain garden feature creeping thyme, which forms a green carpet. Plantings in the basin include ornamental fescue grass, sedge and other regionally-hardy perennials. The bridge elevates the rain garden to a landscape showpiece, tying it to the surrounding setting.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.