Have you decided that this is the year that you will spend extra time and money on your front yard? There's just something special about driving up to a home that has a picture perfect garden, isn't there? From selecting the right landscaping to adding masonry to the front yard area, here are some ideas that might help you to design a front yard that looks like it could be in a decorating magazine.
Start With A Focal Point - Consider looking at gardening magazines to get ideas for your landscaping. Another idea is to drive around neighborhoods that have gorgeous homes in them. Take notes of landscaping ideas that you want to use. In the case of the gardening magazines, actually cut out pictures you like so that you can use them for reference when you are shopping for things like flowers. Decide what you want for your focal point. For example, consider having masonry as part of your landscape design. A pretty concrete walkway to your front door will more than likely add interest to the landscaping. Another idea is to have a mason construct bedding areas that will later hold flowering plants and bushes. Are you lucky enough to have gorgeous trees in your front yard? Think about accenting them by having a mason do a concrete border around them. A concrete retaining wall would probably be a perfect background if you want to have a section for things like rose bushes or bougainvilleas. Talk to a masonry services company for ideas that he or she might have created in somebody else's yard. The mason will more than likely have pictures of things he or she has previously built.
Add Decorative Touches - Besides the masonry that will be the focal part of your front yard, consider other things that will add interest to the area. For example, consider including huge rocks of different sizes and shapes to the landscaping design. Combine different kinds of plants in your bedding, too. For example, plant things like succulents, cactus, and even vegetables along with plants like geraniums, daisies and begonias. Do you want to attract birds to your front yard? If so, consider buying bird houses that invite the birds that are prevalent in your area. Don't forget outdoor lighting that will add drama to the landscaping that you design. For example, lighting that accentuates the trees will more than likely create an ethereal kind of beauty when people approach your house at night.