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An enclosure, like a wall, fence, screen, or hedge, designates and defines an outside area as special. Such boundaries have always played an important functional role in the landscape: to keep livestock in and intruders out. These days, an enclosure can also be used to mark property lines, close in a hazard like a swimming pool, and provide privacy. An enclosure also acts to extend the walls of the house out into the landscape. It’s strange but true: an enclosed space feels larger than a similar area lacking such definition. Perhaps it’s because a fenced yard seems like it’s marked out as special, with its clear edges and entrance gate.
Wooden, steel, or bamboo fences sit more lightly on the land and are less expensive to erect but don’t last as long as their masonry counterparts. Hedges are the least expensive means of enclosing a landscape. Evergreen or deciduous, tall or low, hedges can be effective living screens for a variety of settings. Gateways, as breaks in an enclosure, allow passage into the delineated realm. Railings are low post and rail structures designed to keep people from falling over an edge, especially on stairways or around high decks. The simplest kind of enclosure—edging—separates plants or garden beds from pathways or lawns in a useful and attractive way.
top right • An ornate wrought-iron gateway, in line with an elegant double staircase leading into the house, links lawn areas separated by stone walls and hedges.
right • Dry-laid stone walls are an ancient form of enclosure, built originally to use up excess material, delineate boundaries, and keep in livestock. These days, we enjoy them for their beauty and sense of history.
above • A wrought-iron handrail softened by a leafy vine embraces this outdoor living room.
right • This 7-ft.-high fence is made of a series of concrete-block piers and wire mesh panels that keep animals out, allow air circulation through, and provide views into the forest beyond.
Walls are powerful visual extensions of the architecture of your house into the landscape. They can be structural or ornamental and can serve different purposes in the landscape. These can provide backdrops to gardens, define the edge of the property, create a sense of privacy, or frame an opening for a driveway or path.
An interesting form can give walls greater character. Straight walls are practical, direct, and efficient. Curved walls, with their softer flow, can be playful, meandering, or sensuous. Tall walls that you can’t see over or where a lot of soil is being retained can be intimidating.
A friendly height for a wall is one that allows a neighborly view between houses. Materials and finish details can make all the difference. Whether stucco or stone, mortared or dry stacked, round or square stone, natural or cut stone cap, stucco texture and color, there are countless details that you can use to give a wall your own personal touch.
top right • Concrete walls that are plastered or stuccoed can resemble traditional hand-molded adobe or mud walls. Vivid colors satisfy in this tropical setting.
bottom right • Irregular blocks of limestone are stacked to form a low planter wall. Use local stone wherever possible.
above • These walls retain a steep slope, creating terraced spaces for trees and large shrubs. Make sure to include weep holes behind the walls to allow water to drain through.
right • This wall is built of concrete faced with stone and capped with a contrasting material, in this case, bluestone. A slightly higher square pier provides a clear end to the wall, marks the top landing for the steps, and provides a base for the Arts and Crafts lantern that lights the way.
Many of us are lucky to live where natural stone is plentiful. Whether flat or rounded, granite, sandstone, or limestone, a stone wall made out of what’s local looks great because it is in keeping with the natural landscape. And there are many ways to build with stone. You can use round or flat fieldstones to face a wall or to create a built-up surface. Joints between stones can be fully mortared, partially mortared (hidden joints), or dry-laid (where no mortar is used at all). Make sure you employ an experienced mason to get the best results.
right • This arching picket fence sits directly on a concrete wall faced with a thin veneer of fieldstone.
above • This dry stone wall was built without mortar. At its end, a ruin-like window seems to erupt from a sea of plantings.
above • A steeply sloping hillside can be held back by building stone retaining walls. Properly engineered, they act as beautifully planted terraces that create more usable living space.
right • Wide stone walls curve between upper and lower lawn areas. Flat fieldstones are secured in place using a dark-tinted mortar instead of a cap.
A recent Boston-area JMMDS project aimed to turn a high retaining wall along a tight entry space into a lovely vertical garden. To do this, we proposed transforming one side of this shady driveway into a living wall.
A steel frame made of cells to hold soil was bolted into a 7-ft.-high, curving concrete retaining wall and then filled with a palette of predominantly native and shade-loving perennials.
Now this north-facing space functions as an outdoor entryway, a driveway turnaround or parking spot, a protected place to read a book, and also a living work of garden art that greets the homeowners whenever they come home.
above • Ferns (both Christmas and autumn), Solomon seal (Polygonatum commutatum), woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), bunchberry dogwood (Cornus canadensis), fringed bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia), and wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) grace this north-facing green wall.
For those who live in southern climes, the bright sun and warm weather offer opportunities to bring color into your open-air rooms.
Artfully designed tiled walls can act as vertical focal points with their planes of smooth, colorful finishes that catch the light and make for an easy-to-clean, moisture-proof surface. Tile can be laid out as a background that highlights a fountain or sculpture or as a focal point in itself.
Colorful tiles made of glass, ceramic, or natural stone are all available in a wide range of sizes and finishes. You can even design your own tile pattern, putting your personal stamp on your backyard.
top right • Large squares of blue tile are used to face an exterior planter wall filled with native plantings, enclosing an ipé deck.
right • Vivid colors stand out in bright light. Flanked by fig trees and agaves, the tile pattern on this wall acts like a hearth in a living room, creating a central focal point around which to place the furniture.
A seating wall is a masonry wall built at a height and depth to provide a place to sit. Retaining and freestanding walls alike can deliver a solid bench for sitting. Since stone can be hard to sit on and cold to the touch, seat walls can be made more comfortable by the addition of a wooden seat or cushions, or when painted in light colors or softened by cascading plants. Typical seat heights can be as low as 12 in. and as high as 30 in. (more of a leaning height), with the usual height being 18 in. or so from the ground.
above • A low concrete wall whose limestone cap doubles as a circular seat retains this island planting and breaks up the expanse of a large concrete driveway.
left • A skilled mason fashioned a built-in seat out of a retaining wall, complete with a side table for setting drinks or containers of plants.
below • An exedra—a semicircular bench—fits perfectly around a firepit that also functions as a coffee table. The thick pillows made of outdoor fabric bring the feeling of inside out. Notice the handsome bevel formed along the inside edge of the bench.
Much like a porch, a deck is a floored structure that adjoins a house, but without the overhead protection of a roof. Because they perch on top of or at the edge of a landscape, decks can seem to float on high, perfect for basking in the sun or relaxing under the stars. Some decks sit on supporting posts; others cantilever beyond. When designed thoughtfully, railings not only protect people from falling over the edge but also enable viewers to see through to the landscape below. Make sure to adhere to local building codes as you design your railing. Standard heights, spacing, and diameters of openings create a belt of safety around your deck.
right • Stainless steel cables strung between supporting posts enable loungers to view the landscape beyond.
below • Roof decks bring us right up under the sky. Here, a fireplace provides warmth and a dancing focal point.
below • Thick stacked-stone piers provide a stable base for this cantilevered deck, in stark contrast with the thin stainless steel railings and staircase.
On this deep, narrow lot in New Haven, Conn., multiple utilitarian functions are achieved in a carefully planned design. The pergola-shaded deck, located just off the kitchen, offers space for outdoor dining and entertaining. Privacy—and air flow—are maintained by the inclusion of a high slatted fence that abuts deck and house, and a stainless steel cable fence enables diners to look into the sunny patio and garden four steps below. The backyard contains a shade garden under a mature tree and raised vegetable beds tucked behind the garage. This small back yard, designed by AKV Architects, uses every square inch to turn a once-derelict space into an urban oasis.
above • Aluminum dining chairs and table nestle into the corner of the wooden deck. Slender white columns not only provide structural support for the pergola overhead, but also act as fence posts for the high slatted privacy fence on the property line.
right • While the house hasn’t changed much, the backyard has. An unpainted wooden pergola supported grapevines, but no back door provided access to get there.
below • A high horizontally slatted wooden fence brings both security and privacy to this urban backyard. To the left of the deck, a door replaces a window, making the flow between inside and out smooth and efficient.
A patio is an outdoor living space that sits directly on the ground. Often built adjacent to a house or other structure, a patio is usually made of some kind of paving material that makes a clean and level surface underfoot, allowing for easy movement of furniture and people. in addition Patios are defined as paved areas that adjoin a building, but they also include mosaic-filled courtyards at the center of a complex of buildings. Favored by southern climates as a means to regulate sun and shade throughout the day, these courtyards bring light and air and offer a realm of quiet solitude for their users.
right • Gravel works well as a patio surface, particularly when used on a rooftop as an inexpensive solution to drainage and weight issues.
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When you place a wall, fence, or hedge around your front yard, you turn it into something special.
An enclosed space along the sidewalk provides a protected place for sitting as well as an edge against which e. Such front yards present a useful alternative to traditional lawn-and-foundation planting fencingyou can plant your favorite flowers. Your front yard becomes your front garden and shows off a bit of your personal style to the world. Surrounding the front of your property with low hedges or what they se helps keeps the world out and children in, while still allowing passersby to peek in and enjoy designs, especially where space is at a premium. Why not use the front of your house for living, entertaining, and play, just as you do in the backyard, and enjoy this valuable piece of real estate?
above • This front yard sits close to the street, yet the protection of a thick stucco wall creates an enclosed space for family dining and entertaining.
left • An attractive wooden fence turns a front yard on a busy urban street into a private garden, yet the open design along the top of the fence prevents it from appearing unfriendly. A wide planting strip outside the fence means the view is as enjoyable from the street as it is from within the garden.
This stucco cottage would be as at home in a fairy tale as it is in a southern California beachside community, thanks to its ivy-clad walls and cottage garden. Romantic touches such as the picket fence and matching old-fashioned streetlamp enhance the quaint effect.
The gently swooping fence is set well back from the sidewalk, creating a narrow front yard but ample space for ferns, hydrangeas, and potted plants placed where passersby can appreciate them. Though enclosed with a low picket fence, this front yard feels open to the world. Visitors can peek in and imagine the hidden life behind the home’s façade.
top right • A curving brick walkway and gate left welcomingly ajar beckon visitors toward the front door. Typical cottage garden plants of English ivy, zonal geraniums, ferns, and hydrangeas cover the landscape.
left • The white chairs with their nautical blue cushions invite us to inhabit them even if only in our minds.
Depending upon your property, a side yard can be a narrow sliver of space between buildings or an area wide enough to house a garage or even a terrace. In either case, a side yard can feel oddly separate from the rest of the property if its design doesn’t include details like plantings or hardscape features that are repeated in the front yard or backyard that integrate the side yard into the entire design.
What unites most side yards is their function as passageway between front yard and backyard. It is important to design a path that flows easily between spaces. Do you want a functional walkway that serves as the shortest distance between two often-visited points? Or would you like a meandering stepping-stone path that slows you down enough to notice a lovely plant, an attractive framed view, or an interesting focal point? Hemmed in by buildings as these spaces can be, light and air circulation are often at issue.
The use of open styles of fencing, where fencing is needed, can let in more light and create a greater sense of spaciousness. Many useful and utilitarian items can be housed in a side yard, such as a tool shed, compost bin, dog run, or grill, because this space is often just out of public view.
In planning your side yard, don’t forget the neighbors. If privacy is a concern, erect a high fence or tall plantings to block visual and physical access between yards. By adding a gate, you can maintain a friendly relationship between the properties. Similar to a front yard, a roomy side yard can also function the way a backyard does: for entertaining, dining, or relaxing. And if your kitchen door opens onto your side yard, it’s a wonderful place to locate a grill or pizza oven. Just make sure to include a buffet table and some comfortable chairs nearby, so the grillmeister of the family can socialize while serving up the meal.
above • A narrow slit looks wider with the addition of a hydrangea hedge and tendrils of ivy that curl over a path of regularly spaced double stepping stones.
left • A diagonal path meanders from driveway to firepit terrace, located on the side of this property. A handsome covered porch adds yet another sitting spot.
above • This side yard doubles as a front garden and informal entry porch. Friends and family enter this way.
right • A path of limestone pavers leads to a gate to the back forty. Shade plantings fill the beds and settle the house into this handsome side yard.
When we want to get outside, we usually gravitate to the backyard, where all manner of outdoor living can occur. Behind our house, protected from passersby or neighbor’s view, we feel the freedom to do and be whatever we want. The best backyards enjoy a comfortable relationship between inside and outside, visual screening from neighbors for privacy, and an interesting view or focal point, either on the property itself or beyond its bounds.
Whereas a front yard creates the first impression visitors will have of your home and should make you and your guests feel welcomed, the backyard exists to lure people outside. It should look inviting from indoors, and it could serve any number of functions (and often several at once). Your backyard might be a space for entertaining and family dining, recreation and children’s play, relaxing and enjoying quiet time, hobbies such as gardening or painting, and just spending time outdoors (for all household members human and otherwise).
Even the tiniest backyard, thoughtfully designed, can accommodate most if not all of these needs for gathering, for play, and for getting away.
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a large property with grand vistas, you probably will want to enclose your backyard with a fence, hedge, or wall high enough to keep prying eyes out and children (and dogs) in. At the same time, adding large windows and French doors to the back of your house encourages easy visual and physical access between inside and out.
top right • A colorful tree bench hugs the old apple tree climbed by generations of kids.
bottom right • Big comfortable chairs set into a sunken terrace bring the inside out in this cozy backyard garden with an expansive view.
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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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In order for a garden to work well, it has to work as one whole unit. If you remember back to our very first design principle, Shape, we discussed the importance of viewing the garden as a whole entity.
This is critical for any design. Just because you have existing elements in your garden doesn’t mean they should be in any way separate from the changes you make as the garden develops. Survey the garden and draw up a scale plan.
When you have everything plotted onto paper and can see an aerial view for garden, look at the empty spaces. So, are there clearly defined spaces, or an irregular smattering of plants and features dotted about? If you have lots of things dotted about without much clarity, as a result you have half the answer. What you need to do is to work out how to bring clarity and balance into the garden.
If that isn’t the case, try to detach from what is there now. Don’t think about all your favourite plants in the border on the right hand side . Be objective – is what is there on the paper working? And if not, why not? You need to be honest with yourself first, then work out what you can do.
in addition if you are totally against moving something, that’s fine. Just because something isn’t working, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to move it; re-shaping and linking into other features often works well. There are occasions when something simply is in the wrong place. Then it comes down to a judgement call; can and do you want to live with whatever the ‘it’ is that’s in the wrong place? The example shown below is a simple makeover.
The patio and main shrub borders have stayed in place. The lawn has been shaped and has a brick edge to define the shape. One shrub border has been trimmed back a bit on the right hand side.
A few stepping-stones link the patio to the newly shaped lawn and a bench has been added as a focal point in front of the large shrub border on the top left.
At a later date, the patio could be re-done and perhaps a semi-circle shape could be cut into the lawn to add more interest and shape. But for a makeover, which has only involved reshaping the lawn and removing a few shrubs, also adding some features, it’s totally transformed the look and feel of the garden.
It really can be as simple as re-shaping your lawn and borders that can create a dramatic improvement to how your garden looks. It’s easy to underestimate just how important shaping the space is, it really does account for 60% of garden design success, if not more. The modern courtyard garden plan below shows how simple box shapes have created the design.
Finally the plants go in the areas that are left either side of the boxes. In this garden, added interest, is created by making the left-over shapes raised planters.
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There is truly no place like home. It is where the essence of our life is nurtured and grown. Every part of a home therefore is special to us. Everything right from the tallest of roofs to the smallest of bricks is equally important.
Why then should we compromise on the way our front yard looks? Why should we not have a beautiful front yard built using some really good front yard landscaping ideas? Why cannot we have a front yard that should be the pride of not only our home but also our neighborhood or colony?
The advantages of well designed, neat front yards
For one, it makes the house looks better. Not only does 45% of the exterior look and design of a house come from the way its front yard looks; a good front yard makes the house’s feel much better. Our front yard landscaping ideas aim to do just that. Also, surveys have stated that almost 33% of homes with unkempt, untidy front yards put guests off. This means that a bad front yard is not only trouble for you; it is trouble for those who come in to visit you. A front yard designed based on good front yard landscaping ideas is also a plus for all business companies and organizations. A bad front yard, unlike a bad backyard is much more dangerous. It spoils even a very well-designed, good looking building and turns clients away psychologically.
Front yard landscaping ideas can turn things around. If you have a front yard that’s been uncared for or if you plan on changing it, all you need to do is contact us. We will make sure that your front yard will soon be the benchmark against which all yards are compared.
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We would like to make our intentions clear. Firstly, we are not providing front yard landscaping ideas for money or profit. The importance of a well-kept front yard or the satisfaction that owners get when they see their own front yard looking beautiful and comforting is music to our ears. We specialize in remodeling the front yard.
This means that if you have finally decided to get rid of the old look and build a completely new front yard that will give new life to your home, we are the people you need to contact. Our front yard landscaping ideas coupled with our excellent faculty will in no time turn your old, rusty yard into a yard so amazing, people will want to come and live on it. No matter what the size, no matter what its location, all you need to do is contact us. We will bring in the front yard revolution for you with our amazing front yard landscaping ideas.
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Front yard provides an entrance to your home and creates curb appeal. You can easily express yourself and your home in a decent manner with the help of front yard landscaping. If you want to make an impression of a warm welcome, you should have an attractive front yard landscaping. One should feel comfortable while entering your home.
The front yard of your house makes the first impression about you. There should be colorful flowers in your garden of the front yard. These flowers can be lined along a sidewalk or the path to your door on the porch. Flowers planted in nice beds around your front door are sure to be a pleasure to any first time visitor.
Your front yard should be properly bordered with shrubs and trees. Shrubs play an important role to make things look neat and organized. However a proper care is required to maintain the shrubs. You can consider using fruit trees or dogwood trees also in your front yard which may spread sweet and pleasant fragrance for you and visitors.
Porches are considered important place by many people. How the front porch can be made beautiful depends upon its dimension. Benches and tables may be used to create an inevitable and warm look and to add comfort. For making look of porch more charming ,you can consider plants and flowers to add colors and depth to your front porch. In most gardens, a climbing path is made so as to make a railing or arch way.
Your sidewalks or paths must be kept neat and clean and well maintained. In most homes, the sidewalks made of concrete or other kind of decorative stones or rock are considered the best. You can make it central point of your front yard. A little pond in front yard can be a peaceful addition to your paths or you can plan a fountain with some bricks or stones as borders around to have a classic appearance.
In nutshell, a sincere advice for landscaping the front-yard of your house is to always keep it uncomplicated. It should not look like a tropical forest or that it makes visitors feel like they are confused to search for your front door. It doesn’t matter what design you select for your yard, just make sure you keep it neat and in hygienic condition so that you are pleased every time you walk on the path to your front door.
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