Four lovingly landscaped yards garnered an impressive share of the 6,300 votes we received online. Each one hits a green thumb home run.

By Miranda Crowell
September 09, 2019

This spring, we set out to find the best front yards in America. And our readers delivered. Whether you entered online, via Twitter, or on Instagram, our judges sifted through the submissions and evaluated them on aesthetic, creativity, and personality.

The ten best entries with the highest scores were deemed our finalists. From there, they were subject to open voting. While the America's Best Front Yard contest only had one winner in 2019, we want to celebrate all of the amazing front yards that made it to our top five entries. Congratulations to our four runners-up!

Sara McDaniel

Sara McDaniel—@simplysoutherncottage

This Louisiana cottage was overgrown with poison ivy and photinia. “It was great for privacy,” Sara jokes. The DIYer went for a more welcoming landscape with ‘Dwarf Burford’ hollies and ‘Thumbelina’ zinnias along the front porch and crape myrtles, dwarf gardenias, and liriope at both ends.


Mary Ann Beaudry—@graceinthisspace

The paper birch and dogwood trees are the only constants in Mary Ann’s Michigan yard. Everything else has to prove itself. She auditions annuals and perennials in the containers, beds, and borders. “There’s nothing better than discovering a new plant that really works.”


Cynthia Stringham—@melonmonologues

This Utah yard explodes with zinnias, dahlias, and sunflowers. But it’s a hardworking plot, too, packed with fruits and veggies that Cynthia mostly starts from seed to try unusual varieties. “It’s an experiment every year.”

Russ Hench

Russ Hench & Tom Piccari

“Everything started with the color of the house,” says Russ, a landscape designer. Caramel-hue heuchera and dark red coleus tie into the warm colors of the 1926 Ohio home and contrast with boxwood, spruce, and a weeping cypress that provide year-round interest.

More About America's Best Front Yard Contest

Nearly 900 of our readers entered BH&G's inaugural America's Best Front Yard Contest! We were so impressed with each entry we saw and the amazing diversity of styles and plants these gardens showcased. Keep on planting, pruning, and painting, and you, too, could have the chance to win the honor of America's Best Front Yard. Stay tuned for information on next year's competition.



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