Landscaping Ideas for Small Front Yards

Small spaces can pack a big punch. Because you have a limited amount of space to work from, you can really hone in on which plants you love and how you want to design your front yard. Using perennial plants, which come back fuller and healthier each year, is a great way to maximize your space and keep yearly planting down to a minimum. For any annual plants you have to have, think about placing them in a container, which you can change out each season.

Herb Garden

Use a section of your small front yard and plant a lush herb garden. Herbs love to be packed together and don't mind other plants encroaching in on their space. Use perennial herbs, which come back taller, around the garden. Sage and thyme are low-growing and perfect for the front of the bed. Oregano and dill are also smaller and you can put them in the front and middle sections of the herb garden. Rosemary grows up to 4 feet in height and is ideal for the back of the herb garden. Consider planting one rosemary plant on each side of the bed to create a backdrop to your space.

Stone Path

Nothing is more inviting then a path to welcome visitors into your front yard and around your garden space. Stones paths beckon you into your yard but don't take up a lot space. Any flat stone will work to create a stone path. Flagstone and slate both withstand the elements while bringing in warmth to your yard. Space them every 1 to 2 feet and plant creeping plants in between each stone. Thyme and oregano, which can also be incorporated into your herb garden, create a sweet scent when you brush against them as you walk. Use the pathway to lead you to your back yard or patio.

Focal Point

Use a corner of your yard to create a focal point. Focal points can be anything that bring in more height than its surrounding plants and structures, drawing your eye into the space. Dwarf Japanese maples and evergreen shrubs, both which are perennial plants, can create a beautiful addition to a small front yard. In the fall, the weeping branches of the maple will burst into vibrant colors of orange and red. Butterfly bushes, which can grow up to 10 feet in height, are a vibrant addition to a small yard while attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Other ways to create a focal point is to add a birdbath in the space. Nestle it in your garden to attract your favorite songbirds. If you don't have a birdbath, use a container or bowl.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.