Tag : front-yard-examples
Tag : front-yard-examples
Wall define a space. Whether they are freestanding, to screen or divide a space, or retaining, to create levels in your garden, in addition walls make landscapes more interesting and dynamic. You can sit on them, install plants that will climb up them, or create curves and angles with them. There are a multitude of contemporary and traditional products to choose from. Use a licensed contractor to install walls that are higher than 24 in.
• Available in an array of earth tones, also with textured, flat, or curved face
• Easy, modular installation
• Maintenance free
• Capstone necessary
• Clean, contemporary look and virtually any color possible
• Concrete block or poured internal wall requires professional installation
• Stucco mustreapplied over time
• Timeless appeal and colors are limited to clay and gray tones but don’t fade
• Create a variety of patterns like running bond and basketweave, or jack-on-jack
• Taller walls should be installed by a professional
• Thin stone installed onto concrete base gives the look of natural stone, but is easier to install and less expensive
• Capstone necessary
• Variations in size, coloring, and stacking styles
• May require professional installation
installed with or without cap, with or without mortar
Front yards are taking on new roles to better support the life of the family. Rather than the typical broad swath of front lawn, the front yard has also become a welcoming entryway as well as a comfortable living space. No longer just made up of overgrown foundation plantings, now rain gardens, edible landscapes, and riotous perennial borders are planted in this valuable land at the front of the house.
The layout of your front yard also conveys the first impression visitors have of your home and, by extension, your personality. A lively, colorful cottage garden centered on a painted bench gives passersby a very different image of who you are than would a bland open lawn. There are special problems and opportunities that affect the design of a front yard.
When the house sits far above or below the street, getting to it requires thoughtful planning. Similarly, if a house rests too close to a street, it pays to enclose the front yard, not only for safety’s sake, but to increase usability as well. Reframe your thinking: what if you treated your front yard as though it were a backyard. How would it function differently from the way it does right now?
top right • A patio beside the front door can be an unexpected and welcoming touch. Here, the herringbone brick patio, inviting chairs, and bountiful window boxes create a friendly entrance.
bottom right • This suburban home enjoyed a nice large sweep of lawn, but the homeowners decided to create a more interesting space with lots of plantings.
below• A stately planting of river birches, ferns, and ground cover flank a bluestone walkway, leading eye and foot up to the front door.
At first glance, this planting looks like many other handsome front yards in this suburban neighborhood. But look more closely and you’ll see a host of edibles to harvest, including kale, artichoke, and lettuce, interspersed with herbs including basil and sage. Sometimes the best sun exposure is along the street edge. Why not put it to good use while also beautifying the neighborhood?
When you own a formal house, it can pay to extend its proportions right out to the street. This formal front yard was created to complement the designer’s own foursquare 1911 Colonial home in an older neighborhood in upstate New York. The boxwood hedge parterre is laid out in an Arts and Crafts design, which echoes a stained-glass window in the house. The garden is visible from several high vantage points (front and side porches and roof garden), so its intricate design can be fully appreciated from above. The owners, landscape architects A.J. Miller and Mariane Wheatley-Miller, fill the beds with evergreens and annuals.
right • Far more interesting than lawn, the parterre offers lovely views from inside the house. The property sits on a natural drumlin high above the level of the street; steps lead down to the sidewalk below.
Not everyone lives on level ground. Sloping front yards and houses that sit above (or below) the street require a series of stairs or steps to reach the front door. With thoughtful design, the experience of scaling a height can be exciting rather than arduous. Think of a series of steps and landings as being like a waterfall.
The front door is the “origin” of the falls; the front stoop or porch is where it “dams up” and then flows down the steps, pooling where landings occur, until it “spills” out to meet the road or sidewalk below. Make the steps wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side, complete with landings every few feet of rise so that visitors can catch their breath. For safety’s sake, place lights so that every step is well lit. Direct water runoff into adjacent planting beds or lawn areas so that the steps remain dry.
top right • Landscape steps look and feel good when the riser is low and the tread is long. Here, two offset stairways are linked by a long level walkway before reaching the front door. bottom right • These concrete stairs provide a handsome stepped walkway through a colorful garden. Note the location of the landings that provide visitors with a place to catch their breath every four risers. facing page • The wooden bollards on either side of this walkway echo the roofline and bring the architecture into the garden, while also scaling down the entrance to pedestrian traffic. Billowing grasses soften the house and walkway’s squares and angles. Concrete pavers and dimensional wall blocks combine to create inexpensive but handsome planters.
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