Published by Roxane Wesley, Aug 24, 2016
If you’re a homeowner who has never tackled a landscape design before, you probably will be overwhelmed by all the choices and possibilities available. Creating a lush, blooming front yard landscape will make your house looks fabulous, with those annuals, perennials shrubs and colorful flowers, and beautiful, tall trees that make an inviting and comfortable home for the whole family.
Designing a beautiful landscape may look too much, but you can actually get started with the transformation with some simple tips and techniques. The first thing you need to have is a mature planning with all the different seasons in mind, as your front yard design may last for decades. Let’s get started!
1) Have a Decent Planning
Make a list of pros and contras according to your needs and wants. Do you have kids who need a space to play? Do you want to have an edible garden? It will help if you make rough sketches of the yard which show places you want to place things, what plant in where, and so on. This way, you can easily play around with ideas while walking the right path to your dream front yard.
2) Learn About the Pattern of Sun and Wind
The common rookie mistake made by first-time landscape designer is planning a front yard without considering the pattern of sun and wind. A patio on the west side of the house may be nice, but it will get lots of afternoon sun, which means dinnertime in August will be far from relaxing -- just hot. The whistling wind will also quickly extinguish a fire pit. Considering this, your need to keep the sun and wind in mind when designing a front yard landscape.
3) Establish Order
In order to make a beautiful, healthy landscape, limit the number of species of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Take no more than five to 10 species of perennials, three to five different shrubs, and one or two types of trees.
Okay, it’s indeed tempting to bring as much beautiful plants and flowers as the possible home, but you have to resist the temptation to make a healthy and balanced front yard. Fewer species means the landscape will hold together well. Plant like species in groups and repeat them throughout the garden.
4) Make a Beautiful Flow
Repeat groups and patterns of plants and flowers to unify plantings. Lead visitors to your home’s front door by placing bold blooming perennials near the sidewalk or roadway. Repeat that planting along the entry walkway, about halfway between the roadway and the house, and then again near the house.
5) Determine a Focal Point
To make a harmoniously beautiful garden, you may need to work around a focal point. Good designs always have a focal point, one or several. It’s the essential landscape design for beginners. The focal point can be a sculpture or a magnificent plant, a fountain, a tree, or a series of flower beds.