HGTV Dream Home 2012: Front Yard Pictures

Natural meadow grasses, ornamental grasses and evergreens comprise the thoughtful landscape design.

Landscape elements were chosen to accentuate architectural features and meld with the surrounding meadow grasses. The low-maintenance plan incorporates hardy, drought-tolerant species.

A lush lawn of Kentucky bluegrass, surrounded by beds of ornamental grasses and evergreens, greets visitors.

Formal, walled gardens of grasses flank the boardwalk-style front entrance. Shades of green and gold pop against the muted grey tones of composite decking and Utah limestone.

Custom-crafted planters flank the home's formal front entrance. The handiwork of carpenter David Brown, the pillars, trimmed in decorative nailheads, bring some bling to the front porch.

Sculptural in quality, timber trusses, siding, corrugated roofing and a Juliet-style balcony are unifying features of the home's modern rustic architecture.

Vantage points — views from the yard, porches and interior spaces — were taken into consideration when planning landscape beds.

Formal gardens, framed by walls of limestone, are home to Karl Forester and Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grasses, which lend golden color in the front yard.

With three sets of French doors, the front porch offers easy access to the great room.

"I call that naked space, like in a painting," says interior designer Linda Woodrum, who chose not to furnish the front porch. "I like being able to enjoy the pureness of the architecture."

The home's programmable and water-saving irrigation system features both drip irrigation emitters to nourish landscape beds and a rotary-style spray system that waters lawns of Kentucky bluegrass.

Ornamental grasses were selected for hardiness and impact in the meadow-themed landscape design.

Beds of Slowmound Mugo Pine will grow to approximately three feet in height and lend brilliant emerald green color throughout the year.

Sub-Alpine Fir flank each end of the home, standing as bookends. The slow-growing, spir-like tree will grow no taller than 50 feet in its lifetime.

Grasses should be trimmed back in late fall or early spring (mid March to the first of May) for maximum growth and impact during summer months.

A special blend of grasses, sourced locally, will eventually grow to match the height and color of natural meadow grasses.