Flowers are a beautiful and exciting way to change up your front yard landscape design, but how do you decide how to use them? The floral options available to you are just about endless! Here are 6 front yard landscaping ideas to get you started.
Choose a Color Scheme
Many people find that a color scheme makes it easier to pull a landscape design together. A color scheme can be anything you want it to be. You could go with different shades of the same color, for example, or choose complementary colors (such as purples and yellows). You might go with cool colors or with warm colors, or coordinate with already existing colors on your property, such as the paint on your house.
One of the best ways to add variety to your garden is to plant flowers of varying heights. Make sure you know how high flowers will get before you plant them so that your other flowers are not blocked from the sun or sprinklers. You can even add height through planter boxes, pedestals, or hanging flower pots.
Experiment with Patterns
Though many people want a natural arrangement for their flowers, others like a more organized, planned look. If you like the idea of patterns, spend some time looking at your yard and visualizing different groupings of flowers. Different types of flowers can be grouped into a checkerboard, swirl, or any other pattern. Some people even choose to build walled flower beds to separate areas of the pattern.
If you are at a loss for the types of flowers you want in your garden, consider narrowing your search to plants that are native to the area you live. Local plants fit naturally into the surrounding area. Despite wildflowers and other native plants being a natural part of your environment, they will give your yard a unique look that is much different from the typical flowers you might find in a garden store. As an added bonus, native plants often need less care and watering, as they are built to survive on their own.
Factor in Your Structures and Garden Decor
If there is a piece of garden decor in your front yard that you love, or a new statue, fountain, or other piece that you would like to purchase, consider planning it into your landscaping. The pieces you choose can help you come up with a theme for your flowers. A collection of fantasy statues, such as fairies and toadstools, for example, may call for more whimsical flowers of unusual colors and shapes.
You may also want to choose flowers that will grow on and around the structures and decor in your yard. Flowering vines and climbers can add something special to a bench, tool shed, or even your home itself. If you like the idea of climbing plants, but want more control and easier maintenance, consider adding structures (like lattices) specifically designed to accommodate and showcase these types of flowers.
Don’t Neglect the Ground
Your aesthetic choices don’t end when you select the type of flowers you want in your yard; mulch and other ground covering can provide a cleaner, more finished look to your flower beds. Some materials actually make it easier to maintain your garden and combat weeds and other problems. It is up to you to decide on the type of material, the function, and the color of the covering you use.