Front Yard Ideas 15 Stories

When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living...
How to Design a Great Garden on a Sloped Lot
Frequently we gardeners run up against what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in our quest to attain a beautiful and functional garden space. So it is with the dreaded sloping lot.
8 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard
Many of us find ourselves living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge and culture, but by geography or economics. Rather than knowing our neighbors from childhood, we may not know our neighbors at all. To create a sense of community,...
Nodding to the Coast in a Bainbridge Island Entry Garden
The coastal Pacific Northwest doesn’t conjure scenes of rolling sand dunes or swaying palms quite like sunny Southern California, Cape Cod or Florida does. But coastal is coastal, wherever it is. On Bainbridge Island, Washington, in a neighborhood filled...
Upgrade Your Front Yard for Curb Appeal and More
Have you lived too long with an entry you don’t love, vowing that this will be the year of the new front yard? Before beginning your project, you’ll want to consider all the elements and how they work in concert to create great curb appeal and...
Where Front Yards Collide: Property Lines in Pictures
We know our own properties. We labor over them, we clean them up and, if we have yards, we trim the hedges and plant the garden. We also know our neighbors’ properties. We jealously eye their manicured lawns or complain about them at the dinner...
8 Effective, Beautiful Lighting Types for Front Yards
Many of us have landscape lighting in the backyard, because it's where we congregate with family and friends. And landscape lighting in the front yard is the same, right? Yes and no. While the technology is the same, there are different reasons and goals...
7 Great Structures for an Attractive Front Yard
Your front yard is the transition from the rest of your neighborhood to the inside of your home, so its features are important. It's also what your neighbors see when they are out in their own yards, what passersby look at when they drive by and, most...
7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard
Details, details, details. You can have the best design and great ideas, but if the project doesn't include some important finishing touches, it may fall flat. That goes for the outside of your house as well as the inside. And when you're talking about...
Take Back Your Front Yard: 8 Ways to Make It Social
Many of us are used to having backyard gathering spaces for family parties, cookouts and cocktails with friends — but why relegate all of your gathering areas to behind your home? Whether you have sprawling acreage or a more efficient townhouse, your...
5 Easy Plants for a Romantic Entry Garden
Exuberance is key for a romantic garden style; it calls for a happy mingling of flowers and foliage rather than regimented spacing. Yet for this design to be considered easy care, the plant selection must also be well behaved — no flopping allowed,...
Give Curb Appeal a Self-Serving Twist
Garden curb appeal is a laudable idea, but what’s in it for you? When was the last time a stranger stopped the car, knocked on your door and told you your garden looked great? Thought so. So, what if you could make a good impression for arriving...
Houzz Tours: 5-Day Outdoor Makeover
Design Blogger Coco from COCOCOZY learned there's nothing like a last-minute guest to inspire a speedy home makeover. When a good friend who lives in a gorgeous New Orleans Garden District mansion was flying across the country to stay in her small Hollywood...
Patio of the Week: Water and Fire Mingle in a Canadian Front Yard
“Would you believe that my husband started out as a plumber?" asks Terri Laan, whose husband, Christopher Farner, gave their front patio a modern makeover. "He has an amazing sense of balance and style, and over the years I have pushed him to do more...
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