Front Yard Flower Gardens

Add curb appeal, brighten your entryway, and make your home more inviting with a beautiful front yard flower garden. Check out this collection of front yard flower garden ideas.

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    Add Curves to Your Front Yard Flower Garden

    A lush, colorful flower garden is the perfect way to dress up your front yard. Create more visual impact by using your plantings to accent a gently curving walkway. The combination adds a big punch of color and interest and offers appeal in all four seasons. Incorporate cheery container gardens by the front door to add even more color, texture, and fragrance.

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    Embrace the Cottage-Garden Look

    If you're not sure how to start, a flower-filled front yard cottage garden is a good choice. Cottage gardens look good with most house styles, and lush, romantic flowers, such as roses, peonies, or hydrangeas, add lots of drama.

    A simple white picket fence makes a fantastic backdrop for a flower garden's summer show. This garden includes purple iris, red and apricot roses, and creeping thyme.

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    Make It Low Maintenance

    A front yard flower garden can make your landscape easier to care for because there's less mowing and edging to worry about. Here, colorful blooms dress up a traditional white picket fence and eliminate the need for using a string trimmer under the fence.

    Test Garden Tip: Make your front yard flower garden extra appealing by incorporating fragrant flowers, such as sweet pea, Oriental lily, and herbs.

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    Accent Your Front Porch with a Flower Garden

    If you have a front porch, add a skirt of colorful flowers. Even a tiny pocket planting such as the one shown here offers big color and interest in the front yard. Mix annuals with perennials and bulbs -- and a dwarf evergreen or two -- so you can enjoy the show all year long.

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    Get the Garden Look

    Embrace the front yard garden look by getting rid of your sidewalk and putting in loosely spaced flagstones. (Note: We know this is not as applicable in snowy winter climates.) Low-maintenance groundcovers between the stones will create a carpet of color and interest.


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    Soften Your Sidewalk

    Instead of mowing that strip of yard between a fence and sidewalk, fill it with a flower garden. The blooms add color and interest and prevent the fence from feeling like a barrier. This makes your front yard appear more welcoming.

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    Be Playful

    Don't be afraid of color in your front yard. A riot of shades gives this landscape a romantic cottage garden feel. Climbing roses on the pergola over the front entry perfume the air, and a clipped boxwood hedge along the path gives the yard a sense of boundary.

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    Try a Dramatic Color Combo

    Using color in a big way is an easy way to give your front yard garden a lot of impact. Here, bright red bougainvilleas clothe the front porch, while white marguerite daisies and blue lobelia playfully cloak the front walk. Yellow pansies add a bit of extra sparkle.

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    Make a Statement in Spring

    Create an impact in your front yard first thing each spring with colorful bulbs, cool-season flowers (such as pansies), and spring-flowering trees and shrubs (such as this redbud). As the bulbs fade, later-blooming perennials will take center stage. Accent them with summer-flowering annuals and perennials.

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    Repeat Effectively

    Repetition is a trick used by garden designers to create balance and cohesivess. Make your front yard stand out from the crowd by repeating pockets of color to draw your eye down a walkway or along the front of your house. Here, beautiful blue lobelia is joined by a riot of other early-blooming plants.

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    Just Add Color

    Spikes of easy-care Russian sage, sedum, and ornamental grasses among other perennials and shrubs add texture and color without making the front yard seem too crazy or overwhelming. A stretch of lawn between the foundation plantings and the sidewalk allows easy viewing of both flower gardens.

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    Incorporate Edible Plants

    This flower-filled front yard garden incorporates lots of herbs and vegetables, too -- so harvesting fresh, homegrown produce is a breeze. Planting flowers with your vegetables helps attract pollinators for extra yields.

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    Frame a Gate

    A bright yellow house is a perfect foil for a colorful mix of blooms in a front yard garden. The bright stucco wall, brick walkway, and colorful blooms combine beautifully to enhance a Spanish theme in this front yard.

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    Frame a View

    Make a statement in your front yard garden with a good view. Clematis on an arbor offers a striking entryway, for example. The towering arch creates a tunnel, offering the illusion that the yard is much larger than it actually is. Bright containers against the house help draw you in.

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    Reduce Your Turf

    A street-side front yard flower garden adds a pocket of color and breaks up a large expanse of front lawn, creating lots of interest in just a small amount of space. Front yard flower gardens are also a fantastic way to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

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    Create Privacy

    Create a sense of privacy and illusion in your front yard by planting some taller specimens near your sidewalk. Airy plants will create a screen that allows visitors to peek through without having a wide-open view.

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    More Great Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

    See high-impact ways to make your front yard look even better!

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    5 Front Yard Must-Dos

    See five simple rules to give you a better front yard.

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    What Should I Plant Together?

    What plants go together? Pairing plants by color, season of bloom, and shape can sometimes be confusing. So, here's a list of some of our favorite combinations with tips on how to put them to good use in your landscape.
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