Look for features in your home’s architecture to help guide your landscape design. For instance, a curved planting bed softens the line where the driveway meets the front yard, like this lovely design.
Plant flowers that complement the color of your house’s trim to instantly elevate curb appeal. Here, hydrangeas frame this bungalow-style house and add eye-catching color to the front yard.
1. Window Garden
The curved lines of the house and driveway are softened by a series of planting beds that add color, texture and charm to this simple green lawn. Evergreen shrubs help to keep the look polished and inviting all year, while easy plants like hydrangeas and peonies bring a pop of color for the few weeks that they bloom.
A low boxwood hedge mirrors the architectural line of this front porch to give this home a classic curb appeal. The landscape design also features flowering bushes, including lily-of-the-valley and tiger lilies, to complement the neutral palette of the house.
If you don’t have room for a full garden bed, frame your windows with plants and flowers to give your yard an inviting look. You can even use these small landscaping ideas to grow food in your window garden, such as basil or chives, for an added bonus.
If you have a plain or nonwhite home, incorporating white structures into your landscaping can make it stand out more in the neighborhood. This cottage-style home uses a variety of white flowers to match the home’s color, as well as a copper lantern that lights the way home. This simple landscaping idea is perfect for any size or style home.
2. Hanging Flower Beds
If you are looking to add a beautiful lawn idea that will draw your visitors’ eyes directly to your home, try adding a flower bed with a hanging basket. Hanging baskets filled with mini petunias, fuschia, or geraniums will draw the eye and attract hummingbirds to your yard. They are especially attractive in the front yard where a simple view of your house is highlighted.
Another great idea is to create a narrow planting bed along your driveway. This will help break up the straight line of your driveway, making it a more pleasing entrance to your home.
If you don’t have a lot of room for a planting bed, consider adding a large shrub or small tree. This will provide a sweeping look to your front yard and will instantly beautify it.
3. Raised Flower Beds
Adding raised flower beds is a great way to create focal points in the yard and add color where grass might not grow. These areas may include a sloped section of the lawn, shaded spots where sun or water doesn’t reach, or a spot next to the driveway.
Depending on the location and desired design, the bed can be simple or elaborate. The bed should be located where it will be easy to maintain, so that you can keep it weed free. If the flower beds will be near a sidewalk or road, consider traffic safety and if salt spray from icy roads will kill the flowers. Also, think about the amount of sunlight the area gets and how it will impact blooming times.
You can build raised garden beds yourself using wood boards cut to the desired length or buy pre-made kits that snap together without sawing or hammering. These kits can be arranged in a square or rectangular pattern, but they are also available in an oval, circle, or hexagon. Alternatively, you can use an old storage cart on wheels to create a tiered flower bed that you can move to maximize sun exposure.
A good rule of thumb is to choose perennials or low-growing annuals, such as sweet alyssum, lobelia, or impatiens, for the center row, and cascading flowers like ivy geranium or moss rose for the border. This will help you keep the beds tidy while providing long-lasting color that can make a dramatic statement.
4. Wine Barrel Planter
A wine barrel planter is a great way to recycle an old wine or whiskey barrel and add a touch of rustic charm to your garden. You can use these planters to grow plants, herbs, vegetables, or flowers. You can also paint the barrel or leave it unpainted for a more rustic look. The large size of the barrel provides a good scale for taller ornamental plants such as canna lilies or ornamental grasses. For a more whimsical look, consider creating a tipped planter by tipping the barrel on its side and planting trailing vines like sweet potato vine or ivy to create a cascading effect.
You can also try out a stacked planter by stacking several whiskey barrels and filling each one with potting soil. Then, add smaller planter pots inside each barrel to hold the plants. Plant a variety of plants and flowers in each barrel to create a colorful display.
If you’re looking for a more simple project, try out this DIY tutorial that shows how to create a teacup-style planter out of a half whiskey barrel. You can also plant bamboos in these creative teacup-style planters to enhance the beauty of your garden.
Using old barrels as planters is a creative and cost-effective way to enhance your garden or patio. You can even stand empty barrels at your home entrance to boost the curb appeal of your property.
Adding a bird bath is a great way to attract birds to your garden. They will come to drink water and take a quick dip to cool off in the summer and for warmth in winter. This is a much easier option than hanging a bird feeder and you can find plenty of unique DIY versions to add style to your garden.
You can easily make a cute bird bath with a few things you may have around the house or that you can pick up at your local thrift shop for a few dollars. For instance, this topsy turvy colorful planter/bird bath is made from terra cotta pots that are painted in bright colors and then assembled. This is a great idea if you want to bring Alice in Wonderland charm into your garden and it’s pretty easy to make, too.
Another great DIY bird bath is a simple one made from an old sink or bowl. This is especially good for a small backyard and it will help you reuse an item that you might otherwise throw away. Just plug the drain hole, fill it up and maybe add a few rocks or twigs to give the bird bath more structure.
A more whimsical idea is to make a bird bath out of an old teacup and saucer, like this one from Wayside Treasures. You can also repurpose a vintage step stool into an adorable bird bath by painting it a bold color and adhering a terra cotta saucer to the top of it.