Does your front yard make a good impression?   Whether you live in Montgomery or Chester County, you’re proud of your home and care about how it looks on the inside.  But do you find you’re at a loss to know just how to make their front yard look attractive and distinctive?

If you use the help of a landscape designer, they will instinctively understand that a well-designed space has a sense of balance, scale, color and texture.   But if you choose to do it yourself, no worries!  Use your common sense.  If a scene pleases your eye, chances are it’s well designed. There are plenty of different things you can do for your front yard which we have mentioned in a few related blogs:

Best Front Yard Landscaping Tips

Create Yard Envy with These Front Yard Landscaping Tips

To elaborate on our previous blogs, we wanted to toss out some additional front yard landscape design thoughts for you to consider.  Spend some time envisioning your front yard space.  Draw a map of the yard and label your ideas.

Considerations for Planning an Attractive Front Yard

Choose Your Style                                                                                                                                                

Does your Chester County home lend itself to a formal or informal landscape?  Formal settings include strong geometric lines, clipped hedges, and uniformly shaped plants and beds.  Informal designs are marked by free-flowing, natural-looking elements.

Hardscaping First                                                                                                                                                                

 f your plan involves a new or upgraded walkway, there are many options to consider.  There’s no doubt that a well-designed walkway creates curb appeal.  A beautiful walkway is the first impression your house makes to guests and to you every time you return home.  Read Walkway Design Installation Tips to learn more about walkway design ideas.  Pavers make a great impression and the first element of a landscape that most visitors will experience.

A small patio beside the front door can be an unexpected and welcoming touch and an additional area for you and your family to relax.    

Foliage Next                                                                                                                                                

Now that you have the hardscaping area done, you can now have fun with the beautifying part – the flowers, trees and shrubs.  If you want a low-maintenance front yard, start with the right plants.  Choose plants that need less water and are disease resistant such as natives.  If you dislike raking leaves, then plant more evergreen trees.  If pruning is an activity you want to avoid, consider choosing small shrubs and plants that maintain their shape.

If you want a flower bed, plant enough perennial plants that come to flower in different seasons so that your beds are colorful at any given time of the year.   Create small areas that burst with color, perhaps annuals, for a wow factor that catches the eye.  If you love birds, try adding a bird bath amongst the flowers.  This will create a focal point for the front lawn, and makes for great drive-by appeal.

Consider an Island Bed

An island garden bed adds focus to a front yard especially if it has a deep lawn.  A beautiful island garden bed can be achieved by curving a small area in a part of your front lawn and planting a few shrubs and low maintenance grasses or perennials.  Want to tackle an island garden bed yourself?   Read How to Turn Grass into a Garden.

Simplicity rules

Several plants of the same color and kind always have more effect and give great pleasure in a landscape that one each of several types.

Lighting                                                                                                                                                               

Outdoor lighting should mark the turn from the road to the drive, from the drive to the walkway and any curves or steps to the front door.  Also uplighting or accenting any landscape features or home features adds additional curb appeal and safety factors.

To learn more about the best practices for front yard landscaping, reach out to Whitehouse LandscapingWe have designed and installed many front yards for Montgomery and Chester Counties.  Our 19 years of experience can help you achieve the look you want.  Contact us for a free consultation and for more information on our landscape design servicesOr call us at 484-300-4290.    We look forward to talking to you.