From a Different Angle: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Many landscaping ideas for the front yard are about plant varieties, ornaments, and climate zones. However, as an architectural illustrator, I’m approaching this from a slightly different angle.

I have done hundreds of home illustrations. For each of these, the builder, designer, or architect selected the appropriate shingles, siding, colors, stone, and other materials for constructing the house.

Then there’s the landscaping, which was mostly up to me. It has dawned on me that the landscaping techniques I use as an architectural illustrator would be beneficial to homeowners, so I’m sharing them with you.

Landscaping Categories and Ideas

Considering the broad picture, I divide landscaping into four categories.

1) Lawns 

2) Shrubs and Flowers

 3) Trees 

4) The Backdrops

Since backdrops or backgrounds aren’t relevant in front yard landscaping ideas, I’ll only focus on the other three.

  1. Lawns – Lawns are the foundation of a beautiful landscape and set the tone for the rest of the design. Make sure to have a lawn that has the right size and placement according to your property and needs.
  2. Shrubs and Flowers – Shrubs soften the surroundings. Depending on the available area, I use short or tall plants to avoid a cluttered look and feel. Then to draw the eye to the front door, I like to emphasize the color of flowers near it. Although I don’t use potted plants very often, they may be pretty attractive if there is enough space and they are proportioned appropriately.
  3. Trees – I like to utilize decorative trees as a transition from the house to the shade trees. The centerpiece of my renderings is the house. In the front, I frequently employ shade trees. I prefer to think of them as the picture’s frame. The shadows they cast also contribute to a welcoming environment at the front of the house.

Final Thoughts

When landscaping your front yard, it is important to look at your property first and consider the whole picture. Like an architectural illustrator, take a step back and examine the front of your house from the street or sidewalk. Consider what would complement your home rather than detract from it over time.

Oh, and there’s one more thing. Before you begin any excavations, contact the relevant service in your region. Make sure you’re aware of the location of your underground utility lines. This will save you from a lot of headaches and costs brought about by damaged utility lines.






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