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Bungalow Landscaping Ideas

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bungalows might have a smaller garden space to work from, but you can hone in on your favorite plants and flowers to grow. Mixing perennial and annual plants together ensures the garden has blooms throughout the season. Adding a focal point, like an arbor, invites you into the garden space and provides the perfect spot for growing creeping vines. Utilizing containers and garden pots adds another area to grow delicious herbs and vegetables.

Perennials & Annuals

Perennials and annuals mixed together to form a small garden in the front of the bungalow provides privacy and a long-lasting design. Create flowerbeds with asters and coreopsis plants for color and texture. Add spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips for bursts of color in the garden. Fill in smaller areas of the perennial garden with low-growing herbs like chives and sage, which will come back each year fuller and hardier. Iris and day lilies create height in the back of the bed and add rich colors into the space.

Creeping Vines

Add an arbor to the bungalow landscape to create a focal point in the yard. Use the arbor to plant climbing plants like wisteria and roses. Spry roses, with their pink blooms, look stunning growing over an arbor and will create a lush canopy and inviting entryway into the garden. Plant them in the ground at the base of each arbor post and train them to grow up and over the structure. Their tendrils will naturally grasp the post, but might need garden wire to support the vines in their beginning stages of growth. Hibiscus, another bright creeping plant, can be grown around columns on the front porch of the bungalow and enhance the privacy of the space. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to their bright red blooms and will enjoy their sweet nectar.


Utilize the bungalow garden space by using containers. Containers are flexible and allow the gardener to control the soil type and mixture of plants. They also save space and can easily be moved around the garden. Use larger containers filled with herbs or colorful pansies accented with sedum. For a modern look, use square-shaped pots glazed in bright colors like green and blue. The variety and sizes can be matched to the colors found in the garden space. Nestle them on the front porch, walkway or directly in the garden. Change them out each season for a fresh design.


About the Author


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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.