Landscaping for a Large Yard


Unify and accent a large yard to create a harmonious, inviting space. Bring in favorite flowers and shrubs to reflect your own style and create a cohesive design when planted together. As you go along, always step back and re-evaluate the space and how the plants work together. Have fun adding small, personal touches to your landscape that help make the space your own distinct style and design.

Step 1

Create a "blueprint" or outline of the large yard to refer to as you go along and help stay organized. Mark areas on the blueprint where you intend to place plants.

Step 2

Observe the landscape to determine what plants work in specific locations. Keep in mind the growing needs of each plant. Remember those plants that require full sun need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to flourish.

Step 3

Add large flowering shrubs such as bridalwreath spirea to help fill in areas of the landscape with color and keep the space vibrant. Plant tall evergreen shrubs such as Degroot's Spire arborvitae along a back garden wall or used as a makeshift fence for privacy. Remember to investigate their maximum growth to ensure the bushes don't encroach on surrounding plants.

Step 4

Plant a niche garden such as a perennial or rock garden to create a focal point to the space. Grow bright perennial flowers such as coneflowers and black-eyed Susans for their upright growth and long-lasting tendencies.

Step 5

Accent flowerbeds and walkways with an evergreen ground cover such as creeping thyme. According to the University of Missouri Extension, "groundcovers are often better choices than turf for steep slopes difficult to mow or shady areas where grass does not grow well."

Step 6

Add a specimen plant to the landscape such as a Japanese maple tree or crape myrtle. Plant the specimen tree along a patio walkway or front entrance to create a grand display to the home.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never grow plants, especially large trees, close to the foundation of the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Shrubs
  • Flowers
  • Ground covers
  • Trees


  • University of Missouri Extension: Landscaping Your Front Yard
  • University of Missouri Extension: Low-Maintenace Landscaping
  • University of Illinois Extension: Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Degroot's Spire Arborvitae
Keywords: landscaping large yards, large yard designs, specimen tree, groundcover

About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in and and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and