Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Your Front Yard Says More About You Than You Think It Does

In many ways, your front garden is an advertisement for your home. A shabby front garden says that your home is run down and in a state of disrepair and that it isn’t welcoming. A beautiful front garden, full of color, says precisely the opposite: that your home is very much alive and well, and an important part of the local community. Whether you live in a detached, semi-detached or terraced house, here’s how to make your front garden shine.


Create Order


When designing a front garden, your first priority should be establishing order. Try to limit, if you can, the number of different plant and shrub species that you use. Too many species will make your front yard look messy and hectic: not a look you’re going for. Too few will make it seem sparse and regimented. Experts from bhg.com suggest that homeowners choose no more than five to ten different species in their front gardens. If you want to have more species, save this for the rear garden.




Experts also suggest that you plant similar species together. Planting them separately will produce a disjointed effect, making it seem as you have lots of smaller front gardens rather than just one big one.


Go Big


When it comes to front yards, most people aren’t thinking big enough. If you want to create a great impression, it’s important to go big, especially when it comes to things like flower beds. According to experts, homeowners should plant flower beds that are at least half of the width of their house, if not more. Either side of the flower bed should be anchored by some sort of tree or bush to help the garden flow. Having a mixture of flowers and trees creates the best effect.


You might think that maintaining a large flower bed would be expensive in terms of time and money. But you would be surprised: flower beds usually take less maintenance than a lawn.

Accessorize

Front gardens come with certain expectations, like having a path that leads to a door and a mailbox with easy access. Sites like MailboxWorks.com list different mailbox designs to go with the rest of your garden. It’s also important to think about things like flower pots and border stones, depending on the style of your property. Older properties are best paired with rustic accessories - like wagon wheels. Never properties are better paired with modern materials and paving stones, as well as iron railings.


Make The Front Garden Year-Round


Since front gardens are constantly on display, they need year-round appeal. For most gardens, the quiet months of December, January and February are dull and lack color. But since you’re likely to get visitors over the Christmas holiday season, it’s nice to have a front garden that is still blooming, despite the wintery conditions.


Your first port of call should be evergreen trees and shrubs that bloom all year round, no matter what the weather. The second thing you can do is invest in winter plants that provide food to animals during the winter, including crab-apple trees. If you do this, you’ll find birds flocking to your front garden all year round.

xoxo,
Therese

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