The front yard is an important landscaping area. It is a part of the curb appeal of your home. It is the first thing visitors see when they arrive. Good landscaping draws them in, pulls their focus to areas you wish to highlight, and makes your home more inviting.
Plan your front yard landscaping around the shape of your house. If your home is tall, and narrow, draw attention away from the height and plant tall, but robust trees around the perimeter. Tall, slender shrubs along the corners of the house also add a little girth to a narrow and tall home. If your house is short and blocky, add height to it by layering levels of plants and shrubs in an escalating path to draw the eye up.
One of the jobs your landscaping must do is draw visitors in toward the home. Keeping the pathway of your yard clean and trimmed back gives your visitors a clear entrance that pulls them in. Frame the doorway of your home with warm, inviting color. For good traffic flow, plant larger plants on the outer edges of the entrance and smaller ones right at the door. The decline of focal points brings the visual focus to the door and draws visitors into your home.
Modern landscaping is more than simply hiding the basement, or foundations of your home. You create a style and energy with your landscaping and balance plays a big role. Balanced does not necessarily mean centered; while some homes do well when framed with equality on all sides with like-sized plants, a perfectly centered house that is short and square will appear even smaller and boxier with that type of landscape balance.
Offset landscaping with groups of tall trees on one side of the yard, and a group of multilevel mid-size and small plants on the other to give a balance that enhances the house and draws attention away from the size. The important thing when implementing offset balance is that you use the same amount of plant or decoration matter on each side. A single small shrub on one side of the yard with five or six large, tall oak trees on the opposite side will feel slanted and uncomfortable.
Use bright, bold colors and plant lots of flowers. Choose several types of flowers that bloom at different times of the year so there is always a new array of colors popping up. Bring the color right up to street side where possible. Check your city's restrictions on how close to the street you can plant. If there are hydrants or other city utilities in the area, allow plenty of room around them, and check for regulations before planting.