When I bought my first home, I was so overjoyed that I didn’t even realize that my front yard landscape was the eyesore of the street.
At the time, I wasn’t much of a gardener, so anything that was “green” was good for me. However, I started noticing a string of gardeners knocking on my door asking me if I wanted some front yard landscape help.
I had just purchased a home, and was renovating my interior, and didn’t really have a budget to improve my exterior curb appeal. But I thought to myself:
Well, how expensive could front yard landscaping even be, especially for a small front yard like mine? Not much, right?
I asked various gardeners for quotes and every one of them got back to me with estimates in the THOUSANDS of dollars range — yes, that’s right– for landscaping!! I was shocked as I was not willing to spend even close to a grand, but I also did not want an ugly front yard. So, I decided to begin some of my own research!
I started walking my dog around the neighborhood everyday to get some front yard landscaping ideas and inspiration, and I quickly realized a few things–
It took me a summer of online research, gardening guides, and some information on what plants do best in my area to really turn my yard around. By the end of the summer, I was having neighbors ask me what company I used for my front yard landscape, and how much it cost.
There is a great sense of pride in being able to reply with, “I did my own front yard landscape, and it cost me under $250.”
If you are thinking of giving your front-yard a much needed makeover, then take a look at some of these affordable and beautiful Front Yard Landscape Ideas:
Edging has the ability to neaten your garden, while creating symmetry and organization. Whenever I am feeling like I need some self-care, I shave my beard and get a haircut, and that alone makes me feel so much better about myself. Similarly, edging has the ability to highlight your front yards key features while boosting your overall curb appeal.
I have seen some people spend small fortunes on their garden edging, but I recommend a cheaper affordable option, as your garden should be the highlight and focus of your investment, before the edging steals the show. However, there are some garden edging options that can improve your front yard landscape, without breaking the bank.
I think it is pretty obvious to say that “flowers will brighten up and improve your front yard landscape.”
However, most buyers go to their local stores during the spring/summer months, find a plant that looks pretty, add it to their front porch or garden, and then wonder why it died four days later.
When you purchase flowers/plants without understanding what works in your specific location first, then you essentially give your local business a sale, while you struggle to keep your plants alive.
Do not worry though, as there are many ways you can upgrade your garden with the “right” hedges and flowers. Take a look at my two articles below, and you will have all the information you need to save money and grow the best landscape for your front yard!
1. 30 Best Bushes for your Garden: Suggestions on hedges for edging, best low-light plants, and best flowering plants!
2. Easy to Grow & Easy to Love: 6 super-easy to grow perennials that you will love!
Helpful Hint: Learn about Hardiness Zones, differences between perennials and annuals, deciduous and evergreen, and light-requirements! All of these details are covered in my blog posts!
If you have a fence around your front yard, then you could add some hooks to the interior and hang some mason jar solar lights. Mason jar solar lights also come in different colors to match your siding, and is a perfect way to add some nighttime charm to your front yard landscape!
There is a gorgeous farmhouse-style house a few blocks from me, and every night that I get to see it I am left feeling mesmerized by the magical twinkling lights the mason jars give off. With mason jar fairy lights, you won’t see your electricity bill spike because they are solar powered!
I personally think a nice pathway adds major curve-appeal and property value to a lot.
When I moved into my most recent home, I could not stand the pathway leading to the house. I bought a house that had a tiny front yard so my pathway was only a few steps, but every step was pure ugly. The previous owner essentially put a bunch of different colored stones into the ground, and over the years it naturally formed a path of flat rocks and lots of weeds.
I decided to spend a Saturday digging out rocks and weeds, and another day refilling the pathway. When my DIY pathway was done, my house looked exponentially better!
There are many ways you can add to your front yard landscape that also brings a little bit of you to your property. For example:
A neat, orderly and gorgeous front yard landscape can be in your future. While the task of gardening, decorating, and re-organizing can seem like a lot, it actually does not need to be difficult.
I did most of my landscaping over one weekend, and then with minor upkeep it has stayed looking beautiful for all of the sunny months of the year.
By doing a thorough deep-clean of your front yard before adding new character, you’ll get a good sense of what lies under the weeds, where to add edging for your pathways and gardens, and where you should prioritize your time.
With the decorations and suggestions listed above, I hope you love your front yard as much I do with mine!
Share or comment with your favorite Front Yard Landscape idea below!