If you have an area where turf is thin or just won’t grow, swap it for some easy-care ornamental grasses and sedges. These plants bring texture and year-long interest to any yard, and their care routine is beyond simple. An annual trim keeps most grasses in check, while sedges need very little annual grooming. A quick brush in early to mid-spring with gloved hands is usually enough to pull out dead stems and trigger new growth.
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 paver walkway leading to the pool is flanked by low water shrubs and mulch. Lounge seating beside the pool feature modern umbrellas for shade, and a long frosted glass wall ensures there's privacy from the neighbors.
This Santa Barbara style front yard feels both tropical and rustic. The entertainment space framed by four trees and featuring a fireplace lends itself to the natural rustic feel. The bright blue of the lounge chairs adds that tropical pop of color that makes it feel like a getaway.
This beautiful front yard pairs edgy, urban elements like concrete walls and gravel with succulents and the silvery green of fruitless olive trees. Clean, contemporary house numbers are the perfect finishing touch.