The front yard is like an accessory to the home and in landscaping it, a little effort goes a long way. Simple touches using color and texture help to tie the house together. Bring in favorite plants and accessories to personalize the space and make it your own.
Create an entry path to connect the front yard entry to other areas of the landscape like a side yard or courtyard. Use the shape of the land to build the path and complement the natural curves of the landscape. Stone paths are easy-maintenance and come in a wide variety including slate, fieldstone, gravel, crushed granite, concrete and brick. Weather-resistant and durable, they provide a walkable surface to and from the front yard and create a focal point to the space.
Use concrete pavers to create the entry path. The individual pads float above the landscape to create a showy display. Space the pavers out to create an area where you can add small pebbles between each stone or ground covers like creeping thyme. Creeping thyme---an evergreen ground cover that keeps its color and foliage all year long, including winter---will help provide a burst of vibrancy to the path.
Fountains in a front yard landscape provide music to the yard. Made in a wide range of materials including concrete, terra cotta and metal, fountains help unify the yard.
A small front yard fountain like a container fountain is ideal because it doesn't take up a lot of space, but packs a commanding presence. Set the fountain within a perennial bed or along the side of the entry steps to greet you as you come in and out of the home. Surround the fountain with low-growing ferns like buckler fern, with its cascading, open, bright green fronds.
Ornamental grasses are drought-tolerant perennial plants that don't need a lot of maintenance, yet provide a striking landscape impact to the front yard. Highly textured with a mounding form, they accent the garden and complement surrounding flowers and plants.
Ribbon grass, an ornamental grass variety, grows 2 to 5 feet tall with an upright, open form. The striped leaves of ribbon grass are attractive, and ideal nestled in the front yard in place of ever-thirsty grass. The white to pink flowers of ribbon grass emerge in June to August to light up the landscape with color. Ribbon grass tolerates both dry and wet soils, creating a simple-to-care-for landscape plant for the front yard.