You’ve probably gone tired of searching and scrolling through Pinterest for over-the-top, challenging, and not to mention, expensive ideas to landscape design your garden that you had eventually given up any hope for a beautiful front yard.
It’s completely normal and I understand where you’re coming from. You only want what’s best for your garden. But your front yard, no matter how small or big it is, should be designed in a way that’s not only beautiful (read: not necessarily expensive), but also in a manner that makes sense.
Today we listed some of the easy ways to landscape design your own garden (without breaking your back and going over your budget, of course) by adding texture, some points of interest, and color to your front yard.
By the end of this article, you’ll have learned some simple ways to step up your curb game and make your front yard the envy and talk of the neighborhood. Your garden will look like a celebrity in no time and get the attention it really deserves.
Smart Use of Potted Plants
No front yard is ever complete and more beautiful than those with potted plants. You should consider adding potted plants in your landscaping project – not only because it’s so easy to do and arrange but – because it adds color and life to a rather monotonous garden.
Quick Tip: You can coordinate your flowers to match the current season. For example, choose whites and greens for summer and spring then switch to reds and yellows come fall season. However, if you love your azaleas and dahlias so bad and don’t want to replace them, repainting your flower pot isn’t going to require too much of your energy and time.
Light Up Your Walkways
A beautiful garden should be just as attractive after sundown. The lights in your landscape design will serve many purposes – from adding aesthetic and providing vision to your steps, sidewalks walkways for safety to bringing your landscape points of interest into focus.
Lights are commonly placed alongside walking paths but you do not have to set them in straight lines at given intervals. To minimize cost while still adding beauty, you can break up lines by placing lights on alternating sides.
Get Crazy With Perennials
Perennials are almost always the smart choice; you will only have to buy them once and they return more beautiful year after year. Annual flowers are also inexpensive and beautiful, especially if you choose those kinds that return after a year with more vibrant flowers and leaves like catmint, alstroemeria, and coreopsis.
The initial cost of an individual annual flower may hurt at first (from $7 to $40 at most) but, in the long run, you’ll realize you’re getting your money’s worth because they’re permanent and don’t really die and fade quickly.
Quick Tip: Since annual flowers are in for the long haul, choose your flowers wisely as they will become long-term residents in your front yard. They will greet you day in and day out, and they will welcome your guests for a long time. While I personally love tall verbenas because they’re not difficult to grow and maintain, get yourself an annual flower you easily won’t get tired of.
Consider Investing In Mulch Beds
Before anything else, mulch beds can be costly. Regular dyed and hardwood mulches will set you back about $20 to $25 per yard while premium ones are at $40 to $50. Yes, their initial cost is high and will probably create a significant dent in your landscaping project, but it is an investment you’d want to make.
You can substitute mulch beds instead of using grass around your outdoor living spaces (should you decide to have one). Not only that mulches are low-maintenance since they need no mowing nor watering, they are also known to break down, fertilize your flowers and plants, and thwart weed infestation.
Quick Fact: If your family loves eating out in your front yard, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t lose appetite because a good mulch bed gives off a pleasant, humus-y smell.
No, Installing Artificial Grass Is Not A Sin
While this may raise the brow of some, artificial grass has been gaining massive approval and becoming more popular every year due to its supposed eco-friendliness. Unlike a natural lawn, the maintenance of synthetic grass is low to none since it requires no mowing, no feeding, and no watering.
Albeit expensive, synthetic (or yes, fake) grass are seen to last for more than 25 years which is truly economical than maintaining a real lawn. Its added aesthetic value cannot also go unnoticed as it comes in different textures, colors, and blade lengths.
Take It Out—Add Outdoor Benches and Seats
Your front yard should feel just as comfortable as your living room. Try adding seats in your garden—away from your precious plants and flowers, of course—by making use of small benches and wicker chairs.
While a good amount of sunshine is healthy for you, make sure that you won’t be getting too much. Your bench should be situated beside a tree that provides a cooling shade. If you plan to stay long in your outdoor haven, make sure that a stable foundation for your benches is provided by using paving stones.
If you want to add a resting place after working in your potting table, consider placing a comfortable armchair in your space.
Quick Tip: You can opt to add pretty throw pillows for added style and comfort. Just pick a fabric that can withstand any type of weather. Don’t forget to a cup of tea and your favorite book, then you’re all set!
There you have them! These are just some of the easy ways to landscape design your front yard without spending too much. Remember, a good landscape design is neither constraining nor fussy.
A good principle you can adapt when designing your garden is “less is more,” not “cheaper is better.” You’ll be amazed at how you can achieve an attractive front yard that deserves a second glance through simplicity and minimalist approach.
Over To You
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Kristoffer Canimo is a Manila-based writer who strictly cannot start his day without coffee. When he’s not writing, he spends his time reading various topics like architecture, home design, gardening, and the paranorma
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