Front Yard Design Ideas: Put Your Best Face Forward

A host of ideas for making the first thing your guests see, the best thing they see.

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Follow the Brick Road

Installing a short brick path that leads to your door or a small courtyard brings interest and detail to your front yard space.

Front and Center

Cacti add quirkiness and texture to landscapes in arid regions.

Pave the Way

Don’t be afraid to mix gravels, pavers or stones to create a path with modern appeal on a lightweight budget.

Think Edible in the Front Yard

Herbs and edible plants make a delicate and attractive front garden.

Take a Seat

Conversation piece! Chat up neighbors on this chartreuse steel bench – the perfect exclamation point to your driveway or front walk.

Austin City Limits

Amorphous natural stone cuts a swath of style into a traditional front yard.


No grass? No Worries. Brown is the new green! Show off your home’s lines with well-spaced no-frills plantings.

Home Front

Welcome! Arbors are symbols of hospitality, so why not lure guests through these gates via the front of your home?

Knock Out Punch

A splash of color adds a one-two punch to any front yard design.

Orange Crush

Zinnias are bright, hearty plants with plenty of petal power.

Appealing Front Yard Landscaping

Try working with native and sustainable plants to keep your front yard looking great year round.

Cool and Contemporary

This stunning modern home demands a garden that allows its graphic beauty to shine, and the subtle design elements here do just that. A blanket of whipcord hebe provides a backdrop to the flowers in front and contrasts the lines of the home

Front Yard Flavor

This creative landscape plan by Home & Garden Design, Inc brings curb appeal and herb appeal with throngs of savory edibles, including sage and Texas tarragon paired with perennials such as Agapanthus and Echinacea.

Think Through the Details

The key for a successful front yard design: thinking through every little detail, from mailboxes to lighting. Creative people always find some novel way to express themselves through their house and yard and what better way to do it than a mailbox?

Colorful Focal Point

Located in the center of this front yard, a flower bed makes a bright splash of color against a painted brick home. This mix of annuals and perennials includes blue savia, pink vincas, red pentas, and purple angelonias; a container holds a spreading yew.

Tame the Slope with Terracing

Don't give up on curb appeal because of a sloped yard. Texas architect Gregory Thomas of CG&S Design Build designed a complete makeover for this multi-terrace lawn, reinforced with steel retaining walls and installed by Pearson Landscape.

Mod Terrace

When new plants are all in place, this terraced landscape will soon blend in naturally with its surroundings in this sloped front yard.

Low Maintenance Front Yard

Black-eyed Susans and a vine covered garden bench give this tiny front yard casual charm. Designer Julie Orr used mulch and ornamental grasses to keep the yard low maintenance.

Skip the Lawn

Don't think your front yard has to be all about the lawn: a well-tended and beautiful front yard garden offers plenty of visual stimulation in this front yard design.

Lawn-Free Front

This lawn-free Atlanta front yard was created because the homeowner didn't want her young children playing on the front lawn and possibly running into traffic. The play area is instead in the back yard to offer a protected play space.

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