40 Front Yard Landscaping Ideas For A Good Impression

Looking for some front yard landscaping ideas to freshen up your curb appeal? Having a front yard is definitely something to appreciate and to take advantage of.

View in gallery
Traditional landscape doesn’t necessarily stand out but it’s beautiful nonetheless

The front yard is like a magical garden through which guests have to walk before reaching you and it’s an amazing opportunity to use it to your advantage.

You can give it a stunning landscape if you use natural materials along with actual rocks and a variety of plants.

Obviously, the possibilities are unlimited. You can opt for something simple such as a nice beautiful green lawn with colorful flowers on the side or for mini gardens along the pathway.

You can also use this opportunity to showcase your favorite plants and colors by also appealing to your artistic side. There are numerous types of designs which incorporate colorful plants and flowers in stunning ways.

The Best Trees for Small Front Yards

If you have a small front yard and think there’s no options for improving your curb appeal, you’re wrong. There are tons of landscaping ideas you can incorporate! Like trees. Yes, trees often require ample space, but there’s a work-around. Look for the following when planning your small front yard landscaping ideas:

  • Dwarf trees
  • Small trees
  • Landscaping bushes

Need some specific ideas for dwarf trees, small trees, and some landscaping bushes? Here’s a few pop, low maintenance ideas:

Wintersweet

WintersweetView in gallery

This can be grown in shrub form which works for small yards, but it can also be cultivated and manipulated to grow as a tiny tree. With wiry branches and beautiful, small off-white/yellowish flowers, Wintersweet can add height and depth to your front yard without taking up too much space.

Hedge maple

Hedge mapleView in gallery

This unique looking tree grows stunning silvery leaves most of the yar, with a pop of pink in the Spring. Best of all? It only grows to a max of fifteen feet tall, so you can easily stick one of these in a small front yard.

Hardy orange

Hardy orangeView in gallery

One of the best features of the Hardy Orange tree is that lovely citrusy smell it releases in the air. But, it can also be grown as a short eight foot tree, or cultivated to be a fifteen foot tree. Either way, great for small spaces.

Yellowhorn

YellowhornView in gallery

It is known for growing in China, but can easily thrive in North American conditions. Just make sure to stick it where there’s the most sunlight during the day. Like most small trees, it averages about 10 feet in height and is slender in shape with wiry branches.

Mountain witch alder

Mountain witch alderView in gallery

Probably my fav of all the small tree and landscaping bushes ideas. Mostly die to the fact that they stay close to the ground and offer visual interest to any small front yard landscaping. You also get several colors throughout the years; with follows during the springtime and fall colored leaves during autumn.

Decorative Landscaping Rocks

  • Slate – Slate is a great choice for landscaping rocks as they are sturdy and flat, great for stacking or layering garden beds.
  • Granite – Granite is on of the most common landscaping rocks for its abundance. Also, because you can get a variety of colors and patterns.
  • Quartz – Believe it or not, most decorative gravel is comprised of a mix of quartz and other stones. Use the crushed form to line garden beds or create landscaping boundaries around your yard.
  • Local rock – The easiest and cheapest landscaping rock idea. Head to your local quarry, beach, mountainside, etc. And spend some time finding local rocks to decorate your garden with

Best Landscaping Plants That Love the Shade

Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig DogwoodView in gallery

Personally, I adore red twig dogwood. It’s great for small and large spaces. Adds a rich red color to your garden, and is easy to care for.

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding HeartsView in gallery

Pairs well with other shade loving plants. Plus, they add a stunning visual appeal and a dep pop of color to your front yard.

Hosta

Probably the most popular landscaping plant around. Mostly due to their hearty nature and full appearance. You can easily fill a garden bed or line your landscaping with only a few hostas.

Front Yard Landscaping Design Ideas

Whether you want nice green grass, an elaborate front yard garden full of flowers, or some low-maintenance front yard landscaping such as rock gardens, this list has all the best ideas!

Perennials for the Front Yard

Perennials for the Front YardView in gallery
Another type of traditional front yard landscaping featuring a mix of pastel shades

This front yard garden is full of beautiful perennial flowers and plants that will come back each year. The pops of color give great curb appeal and match perfectly to the home’s exterior.

View in gallery
A closer look at this delicate traditional front yard design

Best Trees for Front Yard

Best Trees for Front YardView in gallery
The color palette doesn’t have to be very complex in order to impress

The trees in this front yard are perfect because they’re tall and looming, creating a lovely canopy of shade over the house without crowding the beautiful exterior. The blanche walkway flanked by red and green foliage adds a pop of color.

Detailed Front Yard Landscaping

Detailed Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
Very fresh and vibrant colors organized in clusters throughout the yard

Something like this is most likely done by a professional. But if you’re handy around the garden and have some landscaping skills, you could achieve this look with some carefully chosen plants, lots of mulch, and some grass seed.

Small Front Yard Landscaping

Small Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
A very romantic and inviting approach featuring climbing plants

We love this landscaping idea for the front yard. It makes the most of the small space by adding a partial decorative fence and an arbor with foliage hanging down over it. The curved stonework creates a nice perimeter to keep it in all in place.

Modern Front Yard Landscaping

Modern Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
Clean lines and angles and delicate geometry, perfect for a modern home

With just a few succulents, some carefully selected rocks, and some mulch you can recreate this modern front yard landscaping look for your home. Simply clear the space on either side of your walkway and lay down some landscape fabric. Then plant the succulents and cover with mulch before placing the stones.

Simple but with a Big Impact 

Simple but with a Big Impact View in gallery
The beautiful green lawn is complemented by the colorful flowers

This vast front lawn is bordered with lush, perfectly trimmed plants and hedges. But the small details like the placement of rocks and pavers give it that extra layer of curb appeal.

Landscaping for a Manor

Landscaping for a ManorView in gallery
A nice combination of small trees and plants on a smooth green background

This stunning manor has a gorgeous front yard landscape with perfectly manicured sections of lawn. Short hedges add visual appeal without impeding the view of the home’s exterior. 

Have Fun with Shapes

Have Fun with ShapesView in gallery
Play with shapes and create an original landscape but don’t overwhelm it with color

This front yard is so much fun to look at! Rather than the standard clean lines, this homeowner has bordered their lawn and front step in a wave that curves around the plants.

Simple Front Yard Landscaping Idea

Simple Front Yard Landscaping IdeaView in gallery
Simple and chic, this is a nice example of traditional landscaping

With a detailed home like this, you don’t want to compete with that exterior by overloading the front yard with plants. The simple addition of short shrubs and ground cover plants around the edge of the lawn is all it needs.

Draw Attention with Flowers

Draw Attention with FlowersView in gallery
Use the plants and flowers to draw attention to certain portions of the yard

By placing tall, attractive flowers in places where the patio ends, it creates a visual border in this front yard. The perfect idea if you don’t want to overdo it with plants but want to add that appeal. 

Luscious Trees in the Front Yard

Luscious Trees in the Front YardView in gallery
The trees and the richness of plants create a barrier between the house and the outside world

Something like this would take years to cultivate as trees take so much longer to grown and fill out compared to foliage. However, you can always purchase already grown trees and tall bushes and copy this look anytime.

Unique Front Yard Landscaping Idea

Unique Front Yard Landscaping IdeaView in gallery
A contemporary exterior with a nice artistic touch

This is probably my favorite on the whole list. At first glance, it just appears to be some nice ground cover plants and a few trees. But a closer look shows what looks like a cool pond with a stone walkway leading up to it.

Traditional Front Yard Landscaping

Traditional Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
Very traditional front yard landscaping featuring the popular shrubs

With a massive home and front yard like this, you definitely want to keep the landscaping to a minimum if you don’t have the time to maintain it. A smooth lawn trimmed with some easy shrubbery is all you need to pull it off. 

A Closer Look 

A Closer Look View in gallery
By only using white flowers, a delicate and cohesive décor was created here

This one has already been featured on the list, but from a different angle you can see and appreciate the placement of the plants used. Everything is very pleasing to the eye with symmetry, and the all-white flowers make the yard look like a dream.

Budget Front Yard Landscaping

Budget Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
Minimalist front yard design with well-defined green areas

This front yard proves that you don’t need a huge budget to make a big impact with your landscaping. Simply some mulch or gravel with a few shrubs planted in a line on either side of the walkway. And voila!

Tropical Landscaping Idea

Tropical Landscaping IdeaView in gallery
The curved lines of the pathway were also incorporated in the landscape

A unique home like this needs to have an equally unique front yard landscape. Lush with near-full ground cover plants and foliage, the ferns and larger plants create visual appeal.

Modern Colonial Landscaping

View in gallery
The lack of color in this front yard is almost unnoticeable

There may be a lack of color on this property but it’s on purpose. A modern Colonial design with classic crisp white serve as a beautiful background to the simple shrubbery placed around the edges. 

Front Yard Pond

Front Yard PondView in gallery
A pond or small pool can be a wonderful accessory for the front yard

This octagonal shaped stone pond anchors the entire front yard space. You could leave as is and add some plant life, or throw in some coy fish if you live in a climate that allows it. The pop of pink in the background is just the right amount of color. 

Texan Style Landscaping

Texan Style LandscapingView in gallery
The simple and modern front yard seen in the light of the day

This property has already been featured on the list but with a different angle you can more of the low maintenaince landscaping. By using mulch mixed with gravel and succulents you create a simple design that basically takes care of itself. 

Farm Fall Landscaping Idea

Farm Fall Landscaping IdeaView in gallery
An eclectic front yard where the design borrows features from the dominating season

This homeowner clearly loves the Fall season! Pops of orange, yellow, and reds can be seen all over the place and even play into the garage exterior. 

Overgrown Wonder

View in gallery
The shades of green here are just amazing and they stand out more than the flowers

If you love that overgrown look, then this is a landscaping idea for you! By choosing plants and shrubbery that grow to be lush and fill the space, you get a natural garden look that require little maintenance.

American Landscaping Idea

American Landscaping IdeaView in gallery
A front yard with a strong traditional vibe and a chic color palette

Landscaping such as this one requires quite a bit of frequent care and maintenance. The shrubs are perfectly trimmed and shaped. Flowers are carefully placed to add pops of color. The addition of a little white picket fence is just the cherry on top.

Simple Front Yard Landscaping

Simple Front Yard LandscapingView in gallery
You have full control of the landscape in your front yard so you can play with it as you wish

You could let your various plants go wild with this idea. All you have to do is trim them back from the edge of the lawn and keep your grass mowed to achieve this look. Very simple. 

Unique and Modern Landscaping

View in gallery
A modern front yard with very clear delimitations and an organized décor

This ultra modern home clearly needed a front yard landscape to compliment its design. And the owner delivered. Everything is installed in straight lines and shows balance. By using succulents along the edge of the walkway, makes this an easy-to-care-for front yard, too.

Natural Landscaping

Natural LandscapingView in gallery
A simple type of design, perfect for a retreat or holiday home

If you own a cabin or second home you tend to only use a few times a year, this front yard landscaping idea is a great option. It uses the natural plants that obviously grow wild there. But keeps it all boxed in with thick concrete structures.

Simplistic Landscaping

View in gallery
Another modern property where the lawn is the main feature

Less is definitly more with this property. Flat square pavers are placed over a small patch of grass. Gravel divides the space and cute stone garden beds line the fence.

Geometric Landscaping

Geometric LandscapingView in gallery
Grass can be beautiful as well and it doesn’t always need other plants to shine

This property proves that you can create a stunning front yard design with just grass. By dividing and lining the lawn with concrete borders, you get an eye-catching look that’s sure to turn heads. 

Concrete Grid Landscaping

View in gallery
Turn your front yard into a beautiful garden and enjoy the privacy

With towering trees around the edges of the property, this homeowner has created a nice private front yard. Placing flat pavers in a grid pattern makes a unique walkway to admire the garden.

All Green Front Yard 

All Green Front Yard View in gallery
A very interesting approach, with various heights that give the yard an architectural look

This multi layer look is achieved with elevated garden beds and concrete enclosures. Keeping all the plants and shrubbery green seems to have given the property a cool, easy but modern look.

Futuristic Meets Rustic

View in gallery
Minimalist and well cared for, this front yard is a huge green lawn

You wouldn’t normally think that ultra modern and rustic go together but this property proves that theory wrong. The futuristic home design is a giant in the background to the vast, manicured lawn. But the addition of brown, rustic plants soften the whole look. 

New Level of Raised Garden Beds

New Level of Raised Garden BedsView in gallery
Another front yard with a sculptural look, perfect for a contemporary property

This modern front yard landscaping idea is probably my favorite on the list! Yes, it looks complicated, but anyone can achieve this look with some time and patience. I love how the carefully chosen plants are perfectly lined in each bed. 

More Rustic Modern Looks

View in gallery
The low-lying plants are very nice and they are complemented by a few accent plants

This property shows how you don’t need to have perfectly manicured lines to pull off a stunning front yard landscape. The use of ground cover plants and billowy shrubs gives it a nice, relaxed feel.

Another Budget Front Yard Landscaping Idea

View in gallery
Play with geometric shapes and create all sorts of designs for your front yard

Again, you don’t need a huge budget to pull off great curb appeal. This home has used just grass, gravel, and flat pavers. But with some creativity and pre-planning, has laid everything in a geometric design that catches the eye.

Southern Style

Southern StyleView in gallery
Different types of plants have been strategically chosen for each portion of the yard

The pavers are placed in a mosaic style and work as the perfect backdrop to the plants and trimmed bushes. You don’t need a ton of color to make this home look amazing.

Unique and Different Landscaping

View in gallery
Another very well defined, symmetrical front yard, characteristic to traditional homes

You don’t see a look like this very often. Perfectly trimmed shrubs in clay planters are placed strategically over the front lawn where you see square pavers leading up to the door.

The Use of Lighting

View in gallery
Although less beautiful during the night, our front yard can still impress if you use oath lighting

Just a few simple garden lights bring this nighttime front yard to life. The wide concrete walkway is done in a zigzag pattern to add a little dose of personality.

Privacy Front Yard

View in gallery
A beautiful front yard doesn’t necessarily have to be completely covered in grass and plants

With the addition of a wrap around partion wall instead of a fence, you get a little bit of privacy to enjoy a morning cup of coffee in your lounge chair. But still converse with your neighbours.

Basic Landscaping for Modern Home

View in gallery
Beautiful autumn front yard landscape

A fitting front yard landscaping idea for such a modern home. Keeping things simple and minimalistic plays into the ultra futuristic style of the house. 

Landscape Maintenance Tips

Landscape Maintenance TipsView in gallery

  • Keep things trimmed: good landscaping requires regular pruning and trimming of bushes, tress, and plants.
  • Prune dead stuff: when you see deadening leaves, drying branches, and mulching bits around your plants, get rid of it. These things will drain the energy from your garden, causing everything to look sad and dull.
  • Refresh mulch: mulch is great for helping your soil retain moisture, plus it looks good in your garden. But weather can wreak havoc on your mulch so be sure to keep it tidy and refreshed.
  • Proper watering: If you live in a dry climate, be sure to water your front yard landscaping as needed.
  • Weeding: this goes without saying, but some people forget. Make sure to pull weeds from your garden and landscaping regularly before they take over.
  • Winterizing: Wrap trees in burlap, add nutrients to the soil, winterize your lawn, and cover any plants you don’t want to die in the coming season.

The Wrap Up

You can also go for something more modern and minimalist, something with well-defined lines and clean geometry.

It can be simplistic and eye-catching at the same time and you can also use rocks, sand and other materials to make your front yard look unique and to allow it to complement the rest of your property perfectly.

And for more home improvement tips, check out our backyard landscaping ideas