Small Front Garden Ideas

Front gardens provide an attractive focal point to your home and can be enhanced with a few simple materials. Use your garden as a platform for installing a walk or pathway through the flowers and plants. Depending upon the size of your garden and front yard, position meandering stones through the garden to create curved pathways. Place colorful plants around your garden in containers. Change them out during each season and maneuver them around different areas of your garden for a new and fresh design.


To add height and design in the front yard, install a covered trellis made from lattice as a dramatic backdrop for your garden. Consider a screen 10 to 12 feet high for a bold focal point in your garden. Using outdoor fabric like mosquito netting, cover the trellis. For a lush design, use creeping vines such as sweet jasmine or creeping thyme. Plant the vines in a container at the base of the structure; over time they will climb up and over the trellis for a natural garden backdrop. Install solar lights at the base of the trellis to light the wall at night.


Plant flowers and herbs in containers and flower pots to place in your front yard. Use a nutrient-rich potting soil in your containers for adequate oxygen and pH levels for the plants. Mix in compost to provide extra nourishment to the containers. Because they are light, you can easily move them around your front garden space. Nestle them in your garden and along a pathway or front walk to add color and design without taking up a lot of space. Each season change them out to create different designs in your containers.


Create a graceful walkway to your garden using stone. Install stones 3 to 4 feet wide to allow up to two people to walk down the path together. Use the natural curve of your small garden to create the path around plants and flowers. Use low plants like monkey grass to line the walkway and contrast with the stone.

Water Fountain

Water features can create a bold and eclectic design in your front garden without taking up a lot of space. You can make your own water feature using an old birdbath. Creating the fountain is simple and affordable. The main necessities are the pump and container. Add some water and a colorful water plants and you have a beautiful addition to your garden. Plop your water feature in your small garden area without taking up space and as an added source of water. When the fountain is turned on, the water will attract birds and butterflies.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.