Your front yard is the first impression you present to the world. How you landscape your yard will send a message to your friends, neighbours, and people who drive through your neighbourhood.
Deciding what message you want to send will help you decide how to design your yard. Since the front yard is seen by everyone, this is where you’ll want to focus your attention first.
No.1If you live in an elegant house, you’ll want to lean towards clean cut shrubs, and tight stone, or concrete.
No.2If you are seeking an elegant appearance, you will want to focus on greenery. Rather than planting a lot of brightly colored flowers, choose plants with exquisite foliage.
No.3If you are seeking a more whimsical appearance, look for plants that will grow throughout the season. You may even want to plan different, but complimentary color schemes for spring and summer.
4. Choose early blooming perennials in happy spring colors such as pinks and purples, then plant bolder reds, yellows and oranges for summer.
Informal gardens need informal perennials that will grow tall, and spread out as time goes on like Poppies, Brown-eyed Susans, and Coneflowers.
4a. Crocuses are a great perennial to plant in almost any garden. They are usually the first plant to pop up in spring and will bloom for a short time, adding color and happiness to your yard while you wait for the warmer weather to really arrive.
Since they are small, they won’t overpower any other design you have in your yard.
While the door might not really be a part of your yard, it is part of the overall picture your house presents to your neighbourhood."]
5a. Depending on your own unique style, you may want to change your door to a more conservative color or style, or dress up your home with a bold and bright door. This is also a great time to upgrade to a door with better insulating properties and save on your energy bill too.
No.6Whether your home is elegant, or whimsical, a few choice planters or window boxes might be just what you need to dress up your place without having to go to a lot of extra work.
After initial planting, containers and window boxes usually grow without much attention. They will need to be watered, and depending on the type of soil in the containers, and what you planted in them, they may need regular amendments of fertilizer, but they definitely won’t need regular weeding or mulching.
No.7The color of your porch or deck is another area where you can create a statement. As you plan the rest of your landscaping, consider whether a re-paint would be a low cost way to dress up your space.
No.8It is usually a good idea to look around at the rest of your neighbourhood and try to imagine how your yard renovation will look next to the others in your area.
No.9Depending on the type of people you live near, you may even want to ask for opinions before undertaking something major.
That being said, remember that it is your yard, and you can do what you want with it.
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