“First impressions last”. In all aspects of our everyday lifestyle and whatever is
apparent in the public eye, this famous line applies to all. The same
line highly applies to houses and residences. Every homeowner has
this vision of creating the perfect house from front to back.
Neighbors, family, and friends will adore visiting your humble home
when they feel a peaceful yet vivid ambiance right when they enter
your walkway. What better way to make a big statement than making a
great impression of your front yard? After all, the front
yard is the first point of showing
what kind of home you have inside.
Creating the perfect front
yard might be a challenge, that’s why we’re here to give you tips
on how to go above and beyond with your front yard. You’ll be
delighted how welcoming your front yard could be!
1. The essence of front
front yards serve two main purposes: providing a welcoming entrance
to your home and creating curb appeal. A well-designed front yard
landscape, with appropriately sized and placed elements, will indeed
increase the curb appeal of your home. The landscaping should put
your home on display by complementing its architecture and welcoming
garden can be a place to engage
and open a conversation with your neighbors. Others prefer a private
retreat, creating an oasis only for those who enter the garden to
enjoy what can’t be seen from the street. It
can turn a boring entry into an inviting courtyard garden. You'll
also discover how a steep hillside can be transformed into a dramatic
front entry. Whatever you plan for your
front yard, be sure to spend plenty of time determining the look you
want and preparing how to achieve it. With the help of a landscaping
designer to guide you, you'll be sure to get a front yard landscape
2. Make way for the
are essential parts of your property. They may be stepped around but
walkways don’t have to be boring. Follow natural access patterns
when laying out walks. You can use curves, jogs, or steps only where
there is a reason, not just to meander. Combine practicality with
visual appeal by making walks at least 36 inches wide. Ideally, walks
should slope one to five percent, never more than ten. If the entry
is steeper, use curves or ramps. Let plants make the journey
don’t want to feel crowded when walking. So make walls, fences, or
hedges near walks less than two feet so people can swing their arms
or carry. Between the walk and taller verticals, a buffer zone of
ground cover, lawn, flowers, or mulch at least two feet wide gives
more room for movement.
add interest to walks, choose brick patterns or exposed-aggregate
textures. If you have plain concrete walks,
cover them with brick pavers, slate, or tile. Loose materials like
tanbark or wood chips are fine for natural garden paths farther away
from the house, but they result in too much tracking in if used for
the front yard.
3. Plants to prettify
are easier to install and change, but you'll want to be sure to put
them in the right places so they can quickly play a role.
shrubs, and ground covers are permanent purchases that increase in
size and value and take little maintenance. You can even use many
edible plants in place of or along with ornamentals. They present
little extra work except for harvesting. Try planting a mango tree or
a guava tree. The harvests are famous fruits in the Philippines and
you will love indulging them!
beautify your front yard. Favorite flowers in the Philippines that
usually don’t require replanting and can survive the hot
temperature include Sampaguita, Santan, Gumamela, Dama de Noche, and
Ylang-ylang, just to name a few.
4. The architectural
aspect of your front yard
house facade has visual assets and liabilities. The well-done front
yard highlights the pleasing points and masks the poor ones.
architectural features of your yard will be the most expensive and
permanent components of the whole project. You may want to plan them
in stages: the driveway first, good steps and walks next, porch or
fence the next year. More importantly, select sturdy materials that
will add to your landscape such as concrete and brick.
your house needs to adapt to your desire for a special theme garden
like colonial, cottage, Oriental, or Spanish, the look must begin in
the front yard. Themes are successful only if you unify all the
garden aspects carefully.
also need to determine if your preference is for a formal or informal
landscape. Formal settings include strong geometric lines and
architectural features, clipped hedges, and uniformly shaped plants
and beds. Informal designs are marked by free-flowing,
natural-looking elements. Generally, informal home styles and sloping
land require less rigid landscapes. Formal houses and flat land can
be treated either way. To achieve balance in a landscape, try to
position elements through size, color, texture, or other aspects so
they give equal weight to each side of a scene.
elements in proportion to each other is subtle, since plants must
grow before you can be sure. Choose plants that will complement your
home's size at maturity, as well as some plants that will grow fast
enough to quickly make a mark. Remember: the design principles of
unity and simplicity often go together.
5. Small yards—big
your front yard is lacking space, don’t be worried. The landscaping
ideas are still numerous! Small garden landscapes are incredibly
detail-oriented. Whether the garden is gracing the front of your
ancestral home, a tiny bungalow, or a two-storey house, there is no
room for sloppy design or incompleteness. That's because what is
neglected will invariably become an eyesore.
Despite their diminutive
size, small gardens can also have plant palettes as varied as a
larger garden. Small gardens can range from quaint cottage-style
designs to modern, upscale looks. To accommodate the limitations in
space in a small garden, landscaping designers will often use miniature
plant species, dwarf specimens and other adapted materials. A good
designer doesn't scale down the same garden plan used for a palatial
estate, but rather knows how to emphasize and embody the daintier
dimensions of a small outdoor space.