Curb Appeal Ideas

Landscape designers offer tips for creating the best sight lines for your front view.

Photo By: Image courtesy of King Landscaping

Photo By: Image courtesy of King Landscaping

Photo By: Image courtesy of King Landscaping

Photo By: Image courtesy of King Landscaping

Photo By: Image courtesy of Amy Martin Landscape Design

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Amy Martin Landscape Design

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bobbie's Green Thumb

The Inviting Pathway

Landscaper Eric King maintains that less is more with a design approach that hides unnecessary distractions like an a/c unit, leads your eye naturally to the highlights and reduces clutter to create a welcoming effect like this pathway to the front porch entrance.

The Main Attraction

An expansive green lawn that ends at the driveway flanked by seasonal flower beds and ornamental shrubs draws your attention to a grand entrance in this front yard design by King Landscaping.

Stone Beauty

A dry stack fieldstone wall with crab orchard flagstone steps add distinction and natural beauty to the front of this classic two story brick home whose landscaping is designed by King Landscaping.

The Short Yard Solution

Simplicity is the recommended approach for homes with a limited front lawn. Parallel planters on a brick walkway and a foreground of well maintained shrubbery put the focus on the front door and windows of this striking home.

Color Seduction

Use ground covers and shrubs that provide color through the seasons to create an alluring entrance to your home. Landscaper Amy Martin recommends a mixture of dianthus 'Firewitch', 'Emerald Blue' creeping phlox, nepeta 'Walker's Low' and the chartreuse coloring of 'Gold Mop' cypress for three seasons of color. 

Help Wanted

Before: Here is a house and yard that could use a facelift and some curb appeal. Bobbie Schwartz of Bobbie's Green Thumb will take this lackluster front view and give it a fresh new look with some strategic tree pruning and the addition of a new entrance way.

Reinventing the Welcome Mat

After: Following the addition of a paver lined sidewalk and some ornamental plant beds against the base of the house, the entrance becomes a simple but inviting patio area that accents the best features of the home thanks to Bobbie's Green Thumb.

Follow the L Shape

One way to lead the eye to the star attraction is to create a dramatic L-shaped pathway that takes you there. Landscaper Amy Martin creates a walkway bordered by stone dust and rocks, a large blue urn and two 'Emerald Green' arborvitaes at the stairway entrance for maximum impact. 

Before the Great Change

Before: The owner of this home wanted an attractive but low maintenance solution to their uninspiring front view. Bobbie Schwartz of Bobbie's Green Thumb came up with a xeriscape alternative that transforms the home and property into something dramatically different and purposeful in the following step by step renovation.

Starting Over

After: The first step in the renovation was to strip away all of the turf and add a dual entrance pathway to the front door which creates appealing curves to the design. The new permeable walkway is made with repurposed sandstone and the soil has been amended for new plantings.

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

After: The striking new makeover showcases a drought tolerant plant palette instead of a high maintenance lawn that will provide year round seasonal color with ornamental grasses, evergreen shrubs and perennials. The curvilinear theme of the walkway easily leads the eye to the front door and the exterior's best features.

After: Spring Rebirth

The reconfigured landscape, mulched with gravel or shredded bark to facilitate drainage, becomes a vibrant color palette in spring. Among the plants on display are Sedium 'Angelina', Physocarpus 'Diabolo', Amsonia hubrichtii and silver stemmed Perovskia which echoes the house paint.

Autumn Accents

After: The ornamental grasses and several of the plants change colors with the season providing curb appeal and constant visual interest for this Ohio home. Landscaper Bobbie Schwartz says, "Although only drought resistant plants were used, this landscape does not look like a desert landscape but one that has a strong sense of place in that several plants are commonly used in this area."