Gorgeous Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Even a small front yard can be packed with charming curb appeal. Check out these smart ideas for creating magical landscapes and inviting entries.

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Multilevel Landscaping

Even the most simple facade can be made interesting. This basic rancher is given a high dose of style with the addition of raised planting beds and a modern porch rail.

Hacienda Courtyard

Round planting beds mimic the curved arch and roof tiles on this Spanish-style home. The variety of stone materials, large planters and elegant water feature work perfectly with the colorful florals and ornamental trees.

Rosy Cottage-Like Landscape

Go for the proverbial white picket as a way to add personality to your garden and yard. Plant some floral favorites like pink roses, sage catmint and lady's mantle for a display that will make people stop and stare.

Grassy Driveway

A large blacktop driveway isn't going to do much to up your curb appeal. But a red brick surface with grassy medians makes for an idyllic, cottage-like feel.

Terraced Landscaping

Landscaping a steep yard can be a challenge. Approach it with a one-step-at-a-time attitude by creating terraced levels that can be treated as separate beds that will be easier to conquer and climb.

Foliage for Your Walkway

A stone-color walkway – as opposed to blacktop or gray concrete – helps keep this entryway looking natural and neat. Use a variety of foliage, textures and seasonal colors in your garden to create interest year-round.

Extend the Porch

An extended porch can make your home's entrance feel fresh and inviting, plus it lends a bit of privacy to the inside of the home. Placing a selection of potted plants and outdoor furniture will add ambiance to the open space.

An Arbor Entryway

Arbors can make garden spaces feel like the ideal cozy room. Pair a picket fence with an arbor to create a welcoming portal that encourages guests to enter and explore.

Add a Waterfall

A rock-lined waterfall creates a Zen-like feel with its soothing sounds and calming effect. The bright perennials and annuals surrounding the water feature help create that lush, mountainous look.

Modern Desert Landscaping

For a low-maintenance yard, sprinkle some desert inspiration in a gravel yard with cacti and succulents. Gray stones make the agave plants stand out against the sand-colored rocks.

Half Walls

To break up a long blank wall or to add height to a level landscape, try building stone half walls that complement the color and lines of your home.

Don't Forget the Lighting

Illuminate your entry with light fixtures that match your home's style. For a pleasing touch, pick a lamp color that plays well with your home's exterior. Here, the soft teal fixtures complement the home's beige hues, while blue fescue grasses echo the color of the lamp posts.

A Quaint and Simple Landscape

For a prairie garden look, keep it simple with these thin-leafed selections that offer a breezy vibe. Add a couple of rustic rocks to make a perfect backdrop to a country environment.

A Pair of Pergolas

A set of pergolas with trellised sides adds architectural interest and creates a welcoming entry. Roses intertwined in the trellises make for a pretty pop of color and class.

Country Cottage

This front yard is adorable with its timeless features like the white picket fence, stone walkway, eaved porch, window boxes and Juliet balcony.

Crossing Over

A dry bed is a great option for a low-maintenance yard in a drought-prone area. Add a little bridge for a touch of whimsy and to give the kids an additional play spot.

Switchback

For visual interest on a steep slope, stagger stair directions and create landings between each. Here, the stone steps and stucco walls are softened with a Mediterranean palette of green-gray foliage and ornamental grasses.

Serene Lily Pond

Add a new eco-system to your yard with a small lily pond. Not only is it pretty, it's a great way to teach kids about nature when you add in a few frogs and fish.

Stepping Into Culture

If you want to add a Spanish flair to your outdoor space, take inspiration from these front steps with earth-toned stucco and tilework.

Add a Level

Steps at the corner of the yard provide easy access from the driveway, leading across the yard to porch steps. The added level between the street and porch steps also evens out the slight incline that angles to the left.

A Garden Variety Yard

Turn your front yard into a planter's paradise. This Tudor-style cottage implemented brick and half-timbering details around mounds of foliage, along with terracing sections for added depth.

Build a Relaxation Station

Bring the comfort from inside to the outdoors by transforming your patio into a cozy sitting area. Here, a built-in bench provides seating, while a flower bed and a row of potted plants add an inviting pop of color.

Modernized Street Sign

For a modern look, make your house numbers double as a container for your plants. This rustic container accents the concrete wall and is an eye-catcher from the street.

Follow the Red Brick Road

Impress your visitors with a walk to remember by paving an extended brick walkway straight to your doorstep. This home's updated landscaping includes matching the dusty red brick of the chimney to the pavement.

All Boxed Up

Give your plants an additional boost by placing them in raised wooden planter boxes. Splash the exteriors with a vibrant color like this playful blue and give the neighbors something to talk about.

Desert Front Yard

No presence of grass is this desert landscape's most noticeable feature. You can create room for plenty of succulents and a gravel yard further into the curb.

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