68 Surprising Front Yard Landscaping Ideas | Architectural Digest

Need some front yard landscaping ideas? We have the best for passers-by to feast their eyes on. When it comes to the front yard, a manicured lawn isn’t the only way to go. In fact, grass may be your least interesting option, says famed Los Angeles landscape designer Scott Shrader. “It’s been out of fashion for 25 years, in my opinion,” he says. “The fertiliser, the water, the mowing – all that energy goes into a green spot, which doesn’t really do much aesthetically.”

Instead, Shrader sees front yard landscaping as a chance to set a distinct tone for your property: “Your house doesn’t start at the front door—it starts on the street.” To boost your home’s curb appeal, we’ve given the go-ahead for the best front yard landscaping ideas—plus answers to frequently asked questions.

How can I make my front garden beautiful?

When planning your front garden design, it is of course important to make the space beautiful. “Having an appropriate response to architecture is paramount to the success of any front yard,” says Geoff Valentino, Chicago studio director for Hollander Design, an architectural landscape architecture firm. The scale, shape and materiality of your home’s architecture should all be factored into the landscape design, so it’s always a good first step to learn as much as possible about the style and design of the home itself before embarking on landscaping.

How do I landscape my front yard?

Once you understand the design of your home and (hopefully) the landscaping style that goes well with it, you need to plan your specific project. “Start by developing circulation patterns for vehicles, parking areas and walkways in and around the architecture,” says Valentino. “Then you can start to layer in the site’s features and plantings that relate to the home and become an extension of it.”

How can I make my front yard look more expensive?

No matter how much or how little money you put into your front yard, dying plants, patchy grass and general disorganization will make the space look cheap. “Every farm has microclimates—sun exposure, wind, climate, soil, drainage patterns, existing plants and habitats—that affect where plants will thrive and where you’ll be comfortable spending time,” explains Valentino. He notes that using these elements to guide design decisions will give you good luck creating a sustainable and long-lasting front yard.

Take the time to study plants in your neighborhood to see what thrives and what doesn’t, and pay special attention to healthy plants already growing in your yard, he suggests. Understanding the natural environment of your site will go a long way in making your garden look taller. Here we collect front garden designs to collect ideas and inspiration.

Landscape ideas with floral details

Embrace your wild side

Wild flowers and native plants give your front garden an organic aesthetic.

Photo: Allison Henry

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