14 Front Yard Garden Plans That Are Packed with Colorful Curb Appeal

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14 Front Yard Garden Plans That Are Packed with Colorful Curb Appeal

Front Yard Rose Garden Plan illustration with path and home exterior

Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Your front lawn is basically the calling card for your home, giving everyone who passes by a glimpse into your style and personality. However, coming up with an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-achieve landscape design can be easier said than done—especially if you’re a novice gardener. Luckily, we’re here to help. The easy-care plants in these multi-seasonal designs are sure to put on a long-lasting show outside your yard. Whether you have a sunny space or a shady enclave, you’ll find front yard garden ideas below that will work for you.

Easy-Care Streetside Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

It’s possible to create a beautiful garden in a challenging spot along a sun-drenched curb; you just need to use tough plants that can tolerate heat and drought well. This easy street-side garden plan relies on a mix of native perennials that do just that, plus they’ll create an oasis of colorful blooms and foliage that will look good all summer long.

Tiny Corner Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Nestle a triangular planting bed into your front yard’s sidewalk-defined angle, add a section of picket fence to anchor it, and you’ll end up with instant curb appeal. This design is packed with sun-loving bloomers and features a mix of easy-growing annuals, punctuated with a few low-maintenance perennials.

Foolproof Foundation Garden

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Rick Taylor

A well-designed foundation planting helps integrate your house with the surrounding landscape so the two blend seamlessly and create a welcoming, harmonious look. Instead of the usual row of evergreens, this foundation garden plan features low-maintenance shrub roses fronted by neat rows of perennials and backed by sprawling clematis, which adds a whimsical, romantic touch.

English-Style Front Yard Cottage Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

This English-style front yard garden plan captures the essence of a cottage garden but organizes the mix of plants along both sides of a decorative white picket fence that can run parallel to a driveway or sidewalk. It’s packed with easy-care annuals, perennials, and a hydrangea that all bloom in a pleasing mix of pink, blue, purple, and yellow.

A Rose Lover’s Front Walk

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Front Yard Rose Garden Plan illustration with path and home exterior

Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Make your home’s entrance more memorable with this gorgeous front-yard rose garden plan. An arbor placed around the front door offers an ideal perch for a pair of red ‘Blaze’ climbing roses. Then, a colorful collection1 more floribunda, hybrid tea, and grandiflora roses fill in beds on either side of the walkway, bordered by a low boxwood hedge.

Hot Summer Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Heat and humidity are no match for this hot-summer garden plan, which is sure to grab the attention of passers-by if you plant it in your front yard. It features a mix of annuals and perennials (including some tropical varieties) that flourish in steamy weather. Plus, their nonstop flowers are all vibrant tones of red, pink, orange, and yellow that just seem to get brighter as temperatures climb.

Hosta-Filled Shade Garden

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Matthew Benson

Make a bold statement—even if you’ve got a shady front yard—with this hosta-filled garden plan. It features five different hosta cultivars, planted around an antique millstone recruited into service as a fountain. Variegated vinca edges the bed, perfectly complementing the hostas and resulting in a design that is simple, lush, and tidy.

Privacy Screen Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Use this easy design to offer year-round interest in your front yard and enjoy the extra privacy these plants provide. This garden, filled with colorful shrubs and shrub-sized trees, requires very little pruning or care to thrive, other than keeping the plants in it well-watered during their first year.

Welcoming Dooryard Garden

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Illustration by Helen Smythe

The area around your main entry deserves so much more than a few foundation shrubs. Turn it into a grand display with a versatile garden plan that will look good through all four seasons. Long-blooming, easy-care perennials provide colorful blooms from spring through fall. Evergreen shrubs provide structure even in winter, and a concrete urn planter filled with annuals of your choice serves as a focal point in the center of the bed.

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Beginner Shade Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Don’t worry about your lack of gardening experience: This easy shade garden plan weaves together a handful of low-maintenance, easy-to-grow plants to create a beautiful display that’s basically foolproof. Situate it in front of your home and enjoy the color from both the blooms and the foliage.

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Simple Ornamental Grass Garden

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Mavis Augustine Torke

A sunny corner in your front yard is the perfect spot for this easy ornamental grass garden plan. It shows off several beautiful types of ornamental grasses, which are so low-maintenance that you can plant them and pretty much forget them. For contrast, this design includes a few flowering perennials, which also require very little care.

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Flower-Filled Foundation Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

A colorful alternative to the standard all-green row of shrubs along the front of your house, this foundation garden plan mixes flowering perennials and groundcovers with broad-leaf evergreen shrubs and a sculptural tree. Lay a path of stepping stones along the front of the border or use another edging material to define the garden’s shape.

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Decorative Downspout Garden

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

The soil around downspouts can get too soggy for many types of plants after it rains, but you can still enjoy plenty of colorful perennials that will thrive in the extra moisture. This problem-solving garden plan relies on tall joe-pye weed to grab attention away from the downspout itself. Then, pink turtlehead, dwarf sweet flag, and lobelia camouflage the area around the opening to help it blend into the landscape.

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Island Bed Garden Plan

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Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Break up the monotony of a big stretch of the front lawn with this easy-care island bed garden plan. It’s designed to look beautiful no matter which side it’s viewed from, with a small ornamental plum tree that anchors the planting and produces stunning pinkish-white blossoms in spring (plus it has pretty fall foliage). The surrounding plants add seasonal splashes of color, with an emphasis on pink and yellow and a touch of blue.

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in the USA

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
Northeast (e.g., New York, Massachusetts)Rose, Purple Lilac, Mountain LaurelSugar Maple, American Elm, White Pine
Southeast (e.g., Florida, Georgia)Orange Blossom, Cherokee Rose, Southern MagnoliaLive Oak, Spanish Moss, Saw Palmetto
Midwest (e.g., Ohio, Illinois)Carnation, Violet, Purple ConeflowerBur Oak, Prairie Grasses, Wild Bergamot
Southwest (e.g., Texas, Arizona)Bluebonnet, Saguaro Cactus Flower, Indian PaintbrushJoshua Tree, Agave, Mesquite
West (e.g., California, Washington)California Poppy, Coast Rhododendron, BitterrootGiant Sequoia, Redwood, Manzanita
Rocky Mountain (e.g., Colorado, Montana)Rocky Mountain Columbine, Bitterroot, Indian PaintbrushBlue Spruce, Aspen, Sagebrush
Great Plains (e.g., Kansas, Nebraska)Sunflower, Goldenrod, Purple ConeflowerCottonwood, Bluestem Grasses, Buffalo Grass
Pacific Northwest (e.g., Oregon, Alaska)Oregon Grape, Forget-me-not, Pacific RhododendronDouglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Ferns

This table includes the most popular flowers and plants in the USA by region, which considers a range of botanical species, including native and widely cultivated varieties.

Most Popular Flowers & Plants in Australia

RegionPopular FlowersPopular Plants
New South WalesWaratah, Bottlebrush, Flannel FlowerEucalyptus, Acacia, Banksia
VictoriaCommon Heath, Waxflower, Pink HeathMountain Ash, Silver Wattle, Victorian Blue Gum
QueenslandCooktown Orchid, Golden Penda, Umbrella Tree FlowerMoreton Bay Fig, Macadamia Nut, Queensland Bottle Tree
South AustraliaSturt's Desert Pea, Kangaroo Paw, Eucalyptus BlossomAdelaide Blue Gum, South Australian Blue Gum, Saltbush
Western AustraliaRed and Green Kangaroo Paw, Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Swan River DaisyJarrah, Marri, Karri
TasmaniaTasmanian Blue Gum, Leatherwood Flower, Tasmanian WaratahHuon Pine, Tasmanian Oak, Myrtle Beech
Northern TerritorySturt's Desert Rose, Frangipani, Desert RoseBoab, Gidgee, Spinifex
Australian Capital TerritoryRoyal Bluebell, Australian Daisy, CorreaSnow Gum, River Red Gum, Black Mountain

This table offers a basic overview of popular flowers and plants in each Australian region, focusing on a combination of state flowers, native species, and other characteristic plants. It's important to note that specific species' popularity and prevalence can vary. This table is a simplified representation. Consulting local botanical gardens or regional horticultural societies in Australia would be ideal for more detailed and accurate information.

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