If landscaping the front yard is at or near the top of your to-do list this summer, we have some tips before you get started.
Creating a beautiful, welcoming front yard is a wonderful way to express yourself and give your home warmth and personality. Try to envision your front yard as another room of your house. It should convey your sense of style through shape, texture and color. Although working with living elements that change with the seasons and grow over time is challenging, the rewards are great.
Take cues from your architecture, neighborhood and surrounding environment. The style of your home plays a large role in the design of your landscape: formal, informal, contemporary, rustic, colonial, cottage. The area surrounding your home should be reflected in your design: wooded, seaside, field, waterside. And consider the color of your home - a color coordinate landscape flows.
A front entry is the gateway to your home, so make it the focal point. This is where you meet and greet family and friends. The entry should be warm and inviting with enough space to enter and objects to attract the eye.
Since your front yard is the most public place of your home, they need to function as well as be attractive. Each yard needs a practical way to get from the drive to the main entry. Although utilitarian, a path or walkway can be more than a just getting from point A to point B. Well designed walks can create a mood. A gently curving walk is an invitation to slow down and enjoy. Straight concrete walk can soften with plantings and points of interest.
A welcoming front yard and entry is a wonderful way to express your creativity, and add interest and value to your home.