Curb Appeal Landscaping

How to boost your home’s visual impact with easy curb appeal landscaping ideas.
Appealing Front Yard Landscaping

Appealing Front Yard Landscaping

Many native and sustainable plants were used in this south eastern Michigan front yard.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Karleen Shafter of Landscape Design and Associates

Image courtesy of Karleen Shafter of Landscape Design and Associates

Many native and sustainable plants were used in this south eastern Michigan front yard.

Related To:

Maximize the visual impact of your home and create a curb appeal landscape design with our easy tips and ideas. 

Providing curb appeal is one of the most important functions of your front yard. Although the term may be a 20th century phrase popularized in the suburbia of post-WW II America, its origins date back to a time before streets were paved. Homeowners taking pride in the appearance of their property – especially the front outdoor space or whichever side of the house faces the curb – is a proud tradition that we Americans owe primarily to our English, French and Italian ancestors.

Here's how to create a curb appeal landscape design:

Take a few pictures of your home from the street at different angles. If possible, make sure the entire street-facing portion of your property, including your house, driveway, walkways and mailbox are in the shots.

Next, put on your critical thinking cap and review the photos. If you were a prospective home buyer or even a visitor who had never seen your home and yard before, what would you think? Cute, but needs work? Oh, what a mess? Nice – but needs improvement? 

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the photos of your home and yard? Is it the state of your lawn? A need for more or fewer flowers and shrubs? General upkeep? A misguided front walkway in a state of disrepair? Overgrown trees hide front door or porch? Keep these thoughts in mind as you plan a new landscape design to enhance the curb appeal of your home. 

Now it's time to make a wish list, a reality list, and an action list – based upon what you would do if you could give your front yard a complete makeover.

Your "wish list" could include big ticket labor items such as sodding the lawn and adding a sprinkler system, removing or planting large trees, moving or repaving a walkway or driveway, re-siding your house or painting the exterior of the entire house.

"Reality list" items could include simple, effective fixes such as painting the front door and garage doors, replacing your mailbox, replacing or removing old shutters, trimming trees and hedges, re-seeding the lawn, planting flowers and shrubs, and creating a path of stepping stones or pavers.

Your "action list" should include the things you need to do in order to create your ultimate curb appeal landscape design. Start with drawing a design plan based on your photos. Think about symmetry, tidiness, and maintenance. Go with a look that works well with the architectural style of your home and fits in with (or exceeds the standards of) the other yards in the neighborhood. Next, make a list of tasks. Then create a shopping list for tools and supplies. Finally, put your plan into action.

What started with a photo could soon become a whole new look for your home!

Keep Reading

Next Up

How To Add Curb Appeal to Your Yard

Try these tips for transforming your front yard from drab to fabulous.

Curb Appeal Tips: Landscaping and Hardscaping

You don't have to have a green thumb to landscape your way to terrific curb appeal. Follow these tips for a front lawn that wows.

Front and Center: Curb Appeal Short-Cuts

Design tips for a purpose-driven front yard landscape.

Bring Curb Appeal to Your Front Yard

First impressions matter, so make sure your front yard looks its best.

Concentrate on Curb Appeal

A little effort on the outside goes a long way toward selling a home.

Keeping Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Consistent home maintenance can cut down on the number of tasks you'll need to tackle when it's time to put your property on the market. Whether you're selling or staying, follow these 10 tips to keep your home's landscaping and exterior looking its best.

Assessing a New Landscape

When you're shopping for a new home, inspect the yard as thoroughly as the house. Here are some tips on what to look for.

HGTV Dream Home 2004: Landscape Design

What else would you expect from HGTV Dream Home than a perfect landscape? This landscape has the perfect view of the Georgia salt marshes and consists of many plantings.

5 Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal in a Single Weekend

No-hassle home projects are just the way we like it.

Curb Appeal Tips: Home Exterior

Suspicious siding, warped windows or peeling paint? Get your home's exterior in order to cash in on curb appeal.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.


Island Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Island Life

7am | 6c

Island Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Desert Flippers

1:30pm | 12:30c

Desert Flippers

2:30pm | 1:30c

Desert Flippers

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop Nashville

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.