Before I give you some great things you can do with small front yard landscaping, I would like to say that there are some really good points about small spaces.
Here are some reasons that you should actually feel lucky to have this type of yard!
So now that you are feeling oh so lucky, let's get started with some tips to make your yard a showplace!
As mentioned and is quite obvious, less plants
are needed for small front yard landscaping. If you have small areas to
plant, I understand that you want to get as much color in as possible
and also that you still probably want a nice variety of plants.
That's fine, but still be careful not to add to many of "one of this and one of that".
Still group varieties, just change them in different areas. See my page on foundation plantings
isn't any reason why you can't enjoy relaxing in your front yard too.
You can create a courtyard. What makes it feel like this? Enclosure. You
an do this by adding a wall, fencing or dense shrubbery.
This can be an enlarged paved area just outside your front door. It can even be off to one of the sides a bit. If you like the idea of a wall, make it into a seat wall so that it serves a purpose too!
will be not difficult to attain since you will be closer to the
property borders than you would be in a larger yard.
would use tall evergreen shrubs or trees of all one kind. Where you can create variety is by adding perennials in front.
Perennials will take up less room than most shrubs.
Group the perennials, but alter the groups to create all season color.
For small yards, most of the time driveways and often even walkways are more linear than curved since curves need more room. You can sometime get away with a slight curve for walks. For walkways, you might be able to use a more expensive paving material since the square footage will not be that large. (See? I told you there were advantages of having small yards!)
can lead from the driveway to the front door. However, nice charm is
created by having one to the street. You can create straight planting
beds on either side, which can be formal with low hedges, a combination
of shrubs and perennials, or just have loose plantings with curved beds.
The latter will add some curvature to your design even though the
walkway may be straight.
also might consider fencing around your yard or even just along the
This can be another charming small front yard landscaping feature, particularly if you add a arbor and/or gate.
Add a focal point in various places.
And some more ideas.......
I will admit that I like some lawn. There is something about it that breaks up plantings and provides a nice look. It might be the change in texture or the serenity of a mass of green color.
Many planned communities have small yards. In addition, there are rules and regulations to follow. So make sure you know what they are before you begin any landscaping. There are often setback requirements for plants and fencing, plant height maximums, and some even require native plants. So be sure to check this out if you live in one of these places.
For more small front yard landscaping ideas, see my ebook Designing Front Yards with great tips and ideas.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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