The front yard is the face of your home and your cover letter. It is nice to come to a home that breathes nature and exudes beauty from the outside. A well-taken care of garden tells a lot about the people living inside.
So it is important to take your time to build the best yard you can. Having a good yard is not only about keeping the lawn low and the trees high. It is also about keeping pests in check, watering, creating a nice water feature, etc.
In this post, I’d like to present the top five plants that you need to place in your yard to make it look magical, colorful, and inviting. So put on your gloves, get hold of that Roundup, and gird up.
Shrubs are good at filling up spaces with their showy blossoms. Shrubs are usually big and live for a long time. If you take care of your shrubs appropriately, you will have nice spots of green all over your front yard.
You need to classify shrubs according to the maximum height they grow to. For instance, for a front yard, I would not recommend shrubs that go above 50 inches tall. There are several reasons for this. One is that you do not want your front yard to look crowded. Maybe you also want to give visitors a good look at your entire green. A big shrub might get in the way of this.
Some recommended shrubs include Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica), “Pia” bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla “Pia”), coral barberry (Berberis x stenophylla “Corallina Compacta”).
Vines can be beautiful and they can also be useful. They grow on trees, wall, or above the ground. These ornamental plants can also be used to disguise some unwanted sights.
Make sure you place your vine plant in strategic places. Do you want it to climb up trellises or walls? A nice idea for a vine could be to use it to decorate a small crate or roof. Simply plant it next to the columns. You must be patient and wait for the vine to grow large.
You do not need to place a roof above this shelter. Just place some wires for the vines to get a good hold. Just make sure that, wherever you put vines, you are able to control them.
Some ideas for vines include blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea), black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) and Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis). You can get many other options if you visit a plant store.
The great thing about annuals is that, since they need replanting during the spring, you can easily renovate the look of your front yard.
The most common annuals and the ones that will make your front yard glow like a colorful palette include Begonias (Begonia grandis ssp. Evensiana), Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor), English daisy (Bellis perennis), and “Callie Rose Star” calibrachoa (Calibrachoa “Callie Rose Star”).
Perennials will save you time with yearly maintenance. These plants die in winter and then blossom again in the next spring. These plants usually come in big sturdy plants decorated with beautiful blossoms.
Some colorful perennials to plant in your backyard could be dwarf purple hollyhock (Alcea rosea annual), golden columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha), and the “Apricot Delight” yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
Plantain Lilies or Hostas
Within perennials, we have a special group known as Plantain Lilies or Hostas. These plants grow nice and beautiful if you use the correct fertilizers. Since they are perennial, the plant withstands winter and blossoms back in spring.
Landscaping with hostas is not hard and they provide a pretty lush look in your front yard. Give them the proper maintenance and keep slugs and snails away from them.