Fall is the best time to add maintenance to your garden beds with activities such as mulching, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. Mulching helps insulate delicate root systems from extreme cold temperatures and dry winter air.
This stone-framed home exudes curb appeal with a terraced front yard and traditional brick walkway. A classic stone mailbox adds to the charm, as do manicured hedges, soft ground covers and graceful mature trees.
For this open front yard, designers created contoured garden beds that gave the house a greater sense of privacy. Tall grasses act as a screen and still allow light to filter into the home's large front window.
Cultivating an eye-catching landscape doesn’t have to gobble every free moment. By streamlining landscape chores, your yard can explode with beauty—even as your chore list lightens. This front yard welcomes with mixed plantings: trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Give planting beds a wide, sloping trench edge to make mowing easy. Simply drop a set of mower wheels into the trench to cut grass along the bed edge, and you can skip string trimming.
Landscape designers for this home took their cues from the house's midcentury modern architecture. Walkways, stairs and brick walls aim to be a peaceful, attractive transition through the gardens up to the front door.