Simple Front Yard Landscaping Ideas That Make A Big Impact


Design Your Front Yard

Impress your neighbors and visitors with some simple front yard landscaping ideas. How much of an effort have you put into the outside appearance of your home?

What does your front yard say about you as a homeowner? Better yet, what do you think when your neighbor’s curb appeal is lacking, well, appeal? Curb appeal, by definition, is the attractiveness of a property for sale and its surroundings when viewed from the street.

Curb appeal is especially important for selling homes because it is the first thing potential home buyers see when they pull up to the property. Just imagine if you went to look at a property and the front yard was a mess. Shutters are hanging off, the driveway is cracked and the grass looks as if it hadn’t been cut in weeks. You wouldn’t want to get out of the car.

However, selling your home is not the only time you should be worried about the outside appearance. As the homeowner you want your front yard to be attractive at all times. After all, it says a lot about you as a homeowner and what awaits your visitors on the inside. So take a minute, grab a notebook and let’s take a look at some really simple ways to make a big impact to the design of your front yard.

Inexpensive Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

In my previous article, I showed you how to decorate with houseplants. In this article, we are going to explore some low cost options for sprucing up your front yard.

Xeriscaping– Simply put, Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening strategies that reduce or even eliminate the need for irrigation. This landscaping practice is encouraged in areas or regions where water is limited. Do not for a second think this means you are restricted to just the usual cactus, desert plants and gravel backdrops.

Denver water introduced this concept in 1981 in its efforts to practice water conservation. Xeriscaping reduces water consumption by 60% therefore reducing your cost to maintain. It’s favorable for it’s low maintenance needs because it requires far less time and effort to cultivate. A wide variety of plants can be used in non-desert climates when you organize plants with the same water requirements together.

Another common practice among Xeriscaping is to use plants that are native to the local environment. They will easily adapt to the climate and in return require less supplemental irrigation. Lawn grass should be avoided with this concept but colorful choices such as bitterroot, aka Lewisia, which is a perennial. Zebra grass, Angelina sedum and the Sunburst honey locust tree just to name a few.


Arbor Day Foundation- A foundation that distributes free trees for anyone who buys a membership. The membership is just $10 but it will afford you 10 free trees. You can choose any trees you wish but it is recommended that you choose wisely. Pick trees that are suitable for your region to increase the survival rate. You can position them around your yard to create a living fence that will provide an abundance of shade and privacy for years to come.

Mulching– Using mulch all by itself is a great way to add a clean and polished look to your front yard. Mulch comes in a couple of different shades and can provide a nice finishing touch to any flowerbed. I found that some communities provide free mulch to its residents. Contact your city’s parks department and inquire about the mulch program in your area. If you are willing to pick it up, you can add some flavor to your yard for free.

Perennials– Plant life cycle differentiates annuals from perennials. Annuals complete their life cycle in one growth season so you will continue to spend money each spring and must be replanted each year. You can save money with perennials because you can plant them once and they will produce seed each year. Their comeback game is strong and have an average life span of seven years. They tend to grow bigger and bigger each year so pruning is a must if you want to keep them tame and looking their best.

DIY Front Yard Ideas

Water Features– Adding a water feature is an easy way to add interest to any front yard. The sound of water running is said to have a calming effect the human psyche. Sitting on your front porch in the summer evenings with a water feature nearby will be a great way to wind down. It only takes a few items and a little patience to make one and they are easy to install. Add in some plants that require a higher ratio of water to create visual interest.

A Clean Walkway– Believe it or not, when your walkway or area around your yard is dirty or the concrete is cracked this can have a negative effect on the look and feel of your property. Make sure to clean and clear your walkways of debris and loose leaves. Your sidewalk should not be cracked and uneven. This can also be a walking hazard for your and your guest. So keep those sidewalks nice and tidy.

Flower Beds-Flower beds are an easy way to add an abundance of visual appeal in your front yard. You can add a variety of flowers and small shrubs by layering with annuals and perennials. Remember to allow space for them to grow without crowding. Flower beds are a great way introduce some texture too.

Cover Your AC Unit– You can hide your less attractive air conditioning unit by covering it with an attractive cover you can make yourself. With some lattice and wood trim you can help that unsightly air conditioner blend in with your garden and add a little character.

Small Front Yard Ideas

Placement of foliage is very important in a small yard. You should maximize your space without overwhelming it. Try one area of your small yard to accentuate. Try planting in the center or one side of your yard for a stunning feature that will pep up that lawn.

Be sure to take care of your greenery. Grass is an important element that when properly cared for will make your front yard more attractive. It won’t matter much how nice your water feature is or how nice the ac unit cover is if your lawn has uneven brown patches roaming through it. Spend time on making your grass green and plush.¬† A well groomed lawn is sometimes all you need to make the difference in being attractive or an atrocity. No one likes a raggedy lawn.

Try planting some Azaleas for a burst of color among the greens. Azaleas are a beginners dream because they are easy to take care of and do not grow much so they would not take up much room in a small yard. Plant them in the spring or early fall. The soil should be acidic and well-drained.

Easy Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Remember your yard is a reflection of you. Curb appeal is an important detail that not only adds interest and attractiveness to your home but to your community as well. So do your part and consider some of these ideas to add visual appeal for your neighborhood. Happy Decorating!

18 thoughts on “Simple Front Yard Landscaping Ideas That Make A Big Impact

  1. I feel so guilty because it’s been so hot. I have so many ideas for my front lawn but I like the idea of starting with a flower bed. I need to spend some sweeping, edging and moving some debris from my driveway and walk way. I have a huge front yard. Would the idea of finding one spot to accentuate work for a large yard as well? Love these tips. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Tamika!
      First of all you are blessed to have a large yard. I have a tiny little piece of a yard that I haven’t even gotten to yet. This article was mostly about me. I understand with life happening it is hard sometimes to get these things done but they must be done nonetheless. Clearing your yard and driveway is a start and it will make a huge difference in the look of your home. Choosing to focus on one part of your yard is a great idea! You could create an island with colorful flowers or if you have a tree in your yard and are handy or know someone who is, you could make a bench around the tree and string lights from the tree so that is has lighted seating in the evening for parties. The possibilities are endless for big yards. I am so glad you brought that up because you have me thinking. Thank you so much for your comment and let me know what you end up doing with your yard. Best wishes Tamika!

  2. What a fun article Davona!! I love it! I am going to contact Arbor day. Trees are so great for the oxygen, appealing to the eye, and add shade to that summer sun! I love that you talked about how much a clean walkway makes a difference! I tell my Fianc√© all of the time, if your not going to edge, don’t mow at all! Hah! I had no idea about the mulching. Thank you for an amazing amount of information at the right time! Keep up the great work and I will keep up with your ideas!

  3. This is a fantastic article, thank you. I’m not much of a gardener and never really sure what I’m doing but we’re moving house soon so I’m keen to get the new garden up to scratch. I’d never heard of xenoscaping but will definitely look in to this. The lawn of the house we’re moving to is a bit of a state, what would you suggest to improve it?

    1. Hi Amy,
      Congratulations on the new home! First thing I would do is clean it up. Trim, get rid of weeds with a natural weed killer. A gallon of white vinegar, cup of table salt, 1 tbs liquid dishwashing liquid. Put in a spray bottle and spray on. They will die in a few days. Once its cleaned up. You can leave it or make a flower bed within the yard. Thank you for your comment and I hope this helps. Blessings to you.

  4. There are so many ideas here to improve the way my garden looks that I am struggling to choose where to start. I have been thinking of putting a flower bed border around the outside of my 20 foot by 20 foot grassy area but thought it might stop people wanting to walk on there, what do you think?

    1. Hi Matthew,
      It depends on a few things such as if you like it simple, if your handy or if you want to show off your yard.I would start with something simple like mulching. It gives a nice clean look that doesn’t take too much fuss. If your handy you could build an AC unit cover and create a flower bed around it. Without seeing it, Im not sure how the set up is. But if it’s possible maybe create a pathway through the yard for people to walk on with flower beds lining the walkway. I hope this helps and thank you for your comment. Be wishes

  5. Love this article; however, I don’t have a yard, but I believe apartment dwellers who have a balcony can use landscape flowers in large or small decorative pots to enhance their balcony and give the lawn effect in a small space.

    1. Hello Marette,
      Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right. Apartment living can also use some great foliage to spruce up the balcony as you pointed out. You have some great ideas! Thank you and God bless you.

  6. This is super informative! We are painting our foundation right now and making a mess of our old stones. They needed replacing anyway. Do you prefer mulch, stones, grass, or something else around a house’s foundation?

    1. Hi Kari,
      I personally prefer mulch because it gives a nice clean look. You can adorn the edges with some rocks to complete the look. If you want to add some color you can plant some annuals and together with the rocks and mulch will step your curb appeal up 10 notches. It is not super labor intensive and since it’s so late in the season, planting annuals gives you pretty flowers without a big cost. I hope this helps and thanks for the comment. Best wishes!

  7. These are great tips. My husband just bought some mulch to put down and we are in the process of revamping our yard because of some foundation work we had done last year and it left our front yard kind of ugly. They took up our shrubs, so we replaced them with Hotus because I love them and we were looking for more ideas to recoupe. Thanks for the great ideas again.

    1. Hi Angie,
      Yes, you must take care of that foundation. The best part is it is done now so you can focus on sprucing up your yard. I love using mulch because it gives such a nice clean look. Make sure you check back in to show me what you decided on and how it comes together. Thanks for your comment and blessings to you.

  8. Great article! My husband and I take great pride in our yard. We have 1/2 acre and he is in charge of the vegetable garden and mowing the back yard. I am in charge of mowing the front yard and taking care of my large flower garden and the flower beds. We have lived here for almost five years now, and I’m still not used to moving all the sprinklers around the yard (this is the first time since 1999 that we’ve had to deal with sprinklers as we’ve had a sprinkler system in the yards of most of the homes we’ve owned). There always seems to be something else that takes priority over installing a sprinkler system. Haha I truly enjoyed your article!

    1. Hi Melanie!
      I am glad you were able to find some inspiration with this article. You can keep your lawn looking nice and green now that you’ve taken care of the sprinkler system. I would love to see some pictures of your flower garden. It sounds beautiful. Thank you for your comment and be sure to check in weekly for my decorating tips. Best wishes

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