Concrete tiles in varying lengths create a straight path through this bright yard to the front door of the home. Gorgeous, large palm trees line both sides of the walkway. The square of mulch at the base of the palm trees is spotted with small tufts of grass.
The 16-foot-wide dining space in HGTV's Dream Home 2014 feels voluminous thanks to 10-foot-high walls and a steeply-pitched ceiling featuring exposed structural beams. A wall of windows overlooks the front yard and floods the room with natural light. As interior designer Linda Woodrum chose fabrics for this room with a view, she was careful to stick with subtle patterns and solids that didn't compete with the outdoors. The flowy white draperies are mounted at the top of the wall in order to draw the eye up. A traverse rod operates on a pulley system to allow for easy adjustment.
For the longest time, seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) has been a plant grown by garden geeks, but it’s now entering the common marketplace. It’s about time. This stunning small tree offers strong four-season interest. Leaves are beautiful as they emerge in spring and develop a twisting appearance in summer. White flowers appear in late summer, beckoning hummingbirds. Blossoms fade to reveal deep rose bracts that linger on the plant well into autumn. Winter showcases peeling, tan bark on the multiple trunks. This is a great choice for a specimen front yard tree or an addition to a planting bed. Size: 6-10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.
The elevated planting bed houses bamboo that will grow to provide beautiful cover for the front of the home. A dark wood entry is a beautiful warm-tone contrast to the white exterior walls. A spacious gravel driveway allows for easy maneuvering while plant life adds life and shade to the yard.
This home was designed to straddle the worlds of both traditional and modern design in terms of both style as well as separation. While this house is detached, and has front and rear yards, it is also influenced by older homes with carriage houses in front.
This classic brick Colonial features a spacious, landscaped lot with mature trees and manicured hedges. A long stone pathway leads through the yard to the covered front porch nestled between shaped creeping ivy.
Painting the shutters and front door black on this traditional home creates a visual rhythm. The white picket fence and stone columns framing the white gate provide a beautiful frame for this well manicured yard.
A beautifully-landscaped yard and paved walkway lead to this charming two-story Craftsman-style home. Craftsman style emphasizes natural materials — wood, stone and brick. Wide front porches and low-pitched roofs are typical.
Rocking chairs line the front porch giving this cozy, country home an inviting entrance. Stone exterior adds beautiful texture against the stained wood siding and columns. A rock walkway winds through the yard toward the home.
Rustic materials and contemporary lines combine for a striking take on the classic cabin. Behind the cabin, the dense forest offers natural tranquility, and in front of the cabin, a lush yard offers a spot for outdoor activity.
From the front entrance, this remodeled home retains its connection to its Florida roots with a renewed sense of appeal. Landscape lighting illuminates the yard's tropical greenery, and the home's siding and trim complement the natural scenery.
A pair of fixed windows with black metal frames allow lots of natural light inside and look out to the side yard, a paved transitional space between the front and back of this smartly renovated two-level urban home.
A sweet path of stepping stones leads to the front door of this charming home on New York's Shelter Island. Its four bedrooms, spacious yard and fun viewing decks—upper and lower—make the most of the home's peaceful waterfront setting.