I have lived in many places where the front yard was smaller than I desired. Some of these places were fortunate in the fact that the backyard was big so I could focus most of my landscaping attention there. However, I still always felt the urge to do the best with the front yard at my disposable. Hence, I’ve learned about some of the best low maintenance landscaping ideas for small front yards. Here are eight of them:
- Water features
- Lighted driveways
- Gravel planted beds
- Stone edged flower beds
- Evergreen plants
- Rose bushes
- Keeping it less
1. Water features
Most people believe that water features can only be added to bigger yards, but that’s not usually the case. Water fountains come in different designs, which allows you to get one to fit the space you have. Pondless water fountains, for instance, can be fitted in small spaces and still give you the appeal you want. One of the best ways to keep the water moving is by fitting a pump inside the water basin and having that water recycle back into the basin to help with conservation.
2. Lighted driveways
Lighting features look great when used inside the house, but they can also enhance the aesthetics of the exterior, especially when added to the driveway or pathway. If you have a small garden in your small yard, then you can add some lighting features such as Moroccan lanterns or illuminated logs on the path leading to the house. You could also have glowing pots or illuminated bricks along the driveway. Some of these features can be used with solar energy, so you don’t have to worry about excessive electricity consumption. They are also easy to do since the features are easily available in stores selling home and gardening products. Lighting features that may prove less maintenance then the ones described above include those that have glow in the dark paint applied to them. This paint can be applied to plant pots for example. After the paint is dried, all you have to make sure is that the pots don’t become dirty.
Planters are usually great if used in a small section of the yard, but they can also be used with other features to make the whole yard look better. For instance, concrete planters can look nice beside the entry or exit point of the walkway, which can also be made with stones to give a natural yet pleasant appeal. The planters you buy don’t have to be boring, you can mix it up and have some animal shaped one. When it comes to a low maintenance plant for your planters then Pelargoniums are a great plant to use. These plants don’t need much care, just some water now and again and a little bit of pruning.
4. Gravel planted beds
Gardening is one of the best ways to improve the visual pleasantness of your yard. A way to make your gardens more interesting is by adding gravel planted beds. The stone gravel add an interesting contrast to the plants and the surrounding lawn and help reduce garden maintenance costs, especially when perennial plants and shrubs are used. Gravel also reduces the amount of time commitment you need to maintain a yard. Just think about it… You don’t really need to take care of gravel do you?
You may need help installing the beds, but it’s worth it in both the short and long term. For those who have sloppy yards, tiered blocked beds are an ideal option. You can use natural stones or bricks for durable bed foundations and to create evenness.
5. Stone edged flower beds
Flowers are a great addition to any landscape. They beautify the area and become the center of attraction. You can make your flower beds more beautiful by adding borders. For example, adding stone edges can go a long way in making the flower bed less plain by bringing a rustic touch to it. The edges are easy to make; you stack the stones in a systematic order. This feature is also functional since it makes lawn mowing easier. It also creates a boundary between the flower bed and other surrounding features, which makes the whole yard look cleaner. You can also add some professionalism to the edges by spraying the edges. These stone edges would be a great low maintenance addition to your existing flower beds if you have any. Although the flowers in the existing bed will still need your attention, the stones you added won’t.
6. Evergreen plants
One of the reasons why having evergreen plants is one of the best low maintenance landscape ideas is their ability of surviving without being tended to. Plants like junipers don’t die easily once they take root and will not require regular monitoring and watering. They thrive on very little water and will give your home the lush green appearance that you may want. You can plant them around other features like water fountains, and you can make them more pronounced by creating stone beds for them. You can also plant them with other plants like hostas and hydrangeas to get a multi-seasonal feel.
7. Rose bushes
Roses are elegant but straightforward flowers that are guaranteed to make your yard prettier. Many types of roses are low maintenance and great for small front yards. Little Mischief are a small pink rose bush that is perfect for a small front yard. The plant is easy to nurture and there are many creative things you can do with it. One of the ideas is planting them in a line to make a picket fence. You can plant them along your fence to give your home an extraordinary border, but you also plant them along the entrance of the home. Potted roses at the front door is another creative way to use limited space while decorating a small front garden. Another thing you can do is put the roses in small planters on the front windows. This can give your front yard a pretty feel, while consuming very little time in execution and care.
8. Keeping it less
Keeping landscaping features minimal can also make your small front yard look amazing, especially if you want your home to be the point of focus when people come in. You can plant a few evergreen shrubs in planters around the house and keep some flowers in planter boxes on the entrance as well. If you have confidence that the front of you house has a pleasant appearance and would like people to notice it instead of the landscaping of the yard then it may be best to keep the creative and time consuming landscaping ideas to a minimum.
With these low maintenance landscaping ideas for small front yards, you should have a breath-taking yard. These are DIY ideas, but you can still get help from professional landscapers if you want. Remember not to neglect these landscaping endeavors completely once they’re finished. Even though they are low maintenance you still need to keep an eye out to make sure nothing becomes withered or damaged.