Small front yard landscaping ideas – Forbes Advisor


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To make a small front yard work for you, you’ll need big ideas. Just because you have limited square footage doesn’t mean your front yard can’t be a magical oasis. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to make the most of your tiny front yard and make the space feel like a lot bigger than it is.

1. Add trellises to play with the height

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Instead of restricting your space by planting several different plants next to each other, try using plant boxes of different heights to create a layered effect. This will allow you to diversify the flora of your magnificent garden, without sacrificing precious space. It will also make your garden bigger by introducing new dimensions.

2. Experiment with the texture

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Lush mosses, waxy succulents, flowering perennials and smooth stones come together to create a vibrant landscape for your garden of any size. A diverse range of textures is a feast for the eyes and is guaranteed to maximize your space.

3. Add planters

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One of the easiest ways to add interest to your front yard is to use planters. Planting pretty, colorful flowers next to the windows facing the courtyard creates a warm and welcoming ambience without sacrificing precious courtyard space.

4. Use an old wheelbarrow

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Embrace the basic cottage aesthetic with a shabby-chic wooden wheelbarrow (you can find these at yard sales or flea markets or on sites like Etsy or eBay). Then plant some ivy, flowers, or whatever you like inside.

The more vegetation here the better, as plants like fuschias and petunias look beautiful when overflowing over the sides of the wheelbarrow. It’s a great way to create living art in your garden without taking up too much space.

5. Consider a climbing wall

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Trellises are a lovely way to add intrigue to your garden without giving up valuable square footage. A climbing wall of clematis or ivy lends a majestic feel to the space and gives your yard a positive feeling of fertility. Just make sure that your soil is cool and moist, and that your climbing wall gets enough sunlight.

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6. Stagger your flower beds

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Tiered garden beds are the perfect solution for getting the most out of a sloping front yard. They will add structure to your garden design and create the illusion of a larger space by adding height and weight to your garden.

7. Don’t neglect hanging plants and flowers

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Plant hangers or metal hanging baskets are easy to find at your local housewares store and look great draped along your porch. Hanging plants give dimension and whimsy to a small front yard. Try hanging several hangers filled with vibrant flowers at different heights for a playful and festive approach to landscaping.

8. The right path

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A paved path can divide a front yard well and create the illusion of more space. It’s also a lovely way to lead your guests to your front door and make them feel more at ease.

9. Go herbal

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Planting an herb garden is a great way to get the most out of your space. Besides looking pretty and fragrant, an herb garden lends functionality to your garden space, ensuring you get the most out of every square inch.

10. Grow up

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It is a common misconception that you cannot plant trees in a small yard. You can certainly do this, but be sure to choose trees that grow upward rather than outward so they don’t eat up your precious garden space. Columnar trees, like conifers, are a great choice here.

11. Pass the fence

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If you’re hesitant to put up a fence, go without. This will expand your garden and a clear view will give you a feeling of freedom.

12. Consider an interior-exterior approach with French doors

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Adding sliding glass doors or patio doors to the front of your home will create the illusion of more space. Eliminating the boundary between indoors and outdoors will create an airy and open feel both in your front yard and in your home.

13. Have a home

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A small fireplace is a natural gathering place for your front yard and a great way to introduce a fun new element into the space. Fireplaces can be used year round and can make your garden more welcoming and comfortable.

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