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Premium-Look Front-Yard Landscape

This front yard landscape plan offers an upscale look for the homeowner who is willing to pay a premium price for a lifetime investment.

This two-story home sits on a 95-foot wide lot and features a 51-feet-deep front yard. The landscape design features extensive hardscaping and top-quality plants and materials.

Find inspiration for landscaping a new site.

Driveway

  • The lamppost helps mark the location of the house for visitors. Its white surface matches the house trim, while a white clematis vine softens the look. Beneath the lamp, plantings of blue fescue and bugleweed provide contrasts in color and texture to the slate stepping stones.
  • The corner of the garage is softened and extended with shrubs and perennials planted under a redbud tree. Nearest the corner, a Japanese maple provides a soft ferny texture. Mock orange, painted daisy, and hosta fill out the bed.
  • In the far background, brick pillars in the wooden board fence add a sense of permanence and ornamentation. The pillars are topped with lights for practical and aesthetic benefits.

Entry Area

  • Limestone and brick pavers make the driveway look attractive enough to be a courtyard. The colors were chosen to complement the house.
  • Metal bollard light fixtures lead from the driveway to the front door, making the hard surface feel like one continuous space that could be used for entertaining as easily as for parking cars.
  • Brick stairs are deep and wide, serving to define the entryway and make it more prominent. There is also room for large containers of seasonal color. The arbor overhead further defines the entry, offering a feeling of shelter and a support for vines.

Foundation Garden

  • The secluded, informal space under the arbor has shaded seating, a variety of plants, and a bubbler fountain to promote rest and relaxation and make the area feel more like a garden room.
  • Slate stepping stones facilitate walking to the mailbox at the curb or around to the backyard. Geometric shapes and an offset pattern give a modernistic feeling.
  • The arbor softens the facade of the house so it more gracefully blends into the landscape. Wooden panels visually define this as an outdoor room.
  • The large-caliper red oak is a premium, long-lived species that grows moderately fast by oak standards. Its mature size of 60-70 feet will help balance the height of the house.

Mid-Priced Front Yard Landscape

Economical Front Yard Landscape

Driveway

  • The lamppost helps mark the location of the house for visitors. Its white surface matches the house trim, while a white clematis vine softens the look. Beneath the lamp, plantings of blue fescue and bugleweed provide contrasts in color and texture to the slate stepping stones.
  • The corner of the garage is softened and extended with shrubs and perennials planted under a redbud tree. Nearest the corner, a Japanese maple provides a soft ferny texture. Mock orange, painted daisy, and hosta fill out the bed.
  • In the far background, brick pillars in the wooden board fence add a sense of permanence and ornamentation. The pillars are topped with lights for practical and aesthetic benefits.

Entry Area

  • Limestone and brick pavers make the driveway look attractive enough to be a courtyard. The colors were chosen to complement the house.
  • Metal bollard light fixtures lead from the driveway to the front door, making the hard surface feel like one continuous space that could be used for entertaining as easily as for parking cars.
  • Brick stairs are deep and wide, serving to define the entryway and make it more prominent. There is also room for large containers of seasonal color. The arbor overhead further defines the entry, offering a feeling of shelter and a support for vines.
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