Maybe you’re a seasoned gardener looking to invest a significant chunk of change in a lush and sprawling front garden that will wow all your neighbours. Or perhaps you’re a renter that just wants to add a little curb appeal and enjoy your front porch more this summer without spending the big bucks. Regardless of the circumstances, we’ve got the best ideas for how you can landscape your front garden in 2022 to make the most of your outdoor space this summer.
Line Your Walkway
Frame your walkway with your favourite flowers, grasses and shrubs and bring entrance to your front entryway. You can use as many or as little plants as you like. Add mulch or rocks to create a neat and tidy look or let grasses grow wild for a modern English garden.
To Turf, or Not to Turf?
Of course, one of the most common ways to landscape is with a lush green front yard. Add sod rolls of real grass, which is more cost-efficient to install, but don’t forget to water! Or, if you’re the neglectful sort, or simply not around most of the summer, artificial turf is always an option as well.
Make a Splash With a Water Feature
A water feature such as a flowing fountain or a man-made pond filled with fish makes for a lovely addition to a front yard. The sounds of flowing water will make your front garden feel perfectly serene.
Rock it Out
If you don’t have a green thumb, make use of stones to create a beautiful rock garden. Keep it neat and tidy by lining your front steps or walkway, or scatter stones between flowers for a more natural look.
Upcycle Materials for a Vintage Planter
One great way to add interest to your front yard without investing a lot of money is to raid your local thrift shop or vintage markets for interesting items that you can turn into planters. Anything from an old boot, to a tire, or even a bathtub can make for an interesting upcycled planter.
Start a Front Garden Vegetable Patch
Front yard gardens can be more than just blooming flowers! Make use of your space and grow some fruits and vegetables by making a portion of your front yard an edible garden. Bonus: tall climbing plants like gourds, beans or tomatoes can also help create privacy for you in the front yard. Just don’t be surprised if the neighbours stop by wanting to nab a veggie or two!
Make Your Own DIY Planter Box
If you don’t have a ton of space in your front yard, an easy way to add greenery is with a planter box. You can make your own with this easy step-by-step tutorial or pick one up at your local hardware store. Just add soil and voila! Now you have plenty of additional gardening space at the ready.
Add Interest With a Trellis
Help climbing plants soar to new heights by adding either a wall or free-standing trellis to your front yard. You can build one yourself if you’re handy, or they come in a variety of styles and finishes, from wood to metal.
Plant a Tree or Two
Add some privacy and shade by planting a tree in your front yard. A mature tree in a front yard can also add some major curb appeal and even add to the value of a home. Consider the size of the tree before planting and whether it will fruit or flower.
Add Colour With Flowers
You can choose to add a rainbow of colours or keep it to one monochromatic colour story with flowers. Use a mix of annuals and perennials to keep your garden lush all summer long. For a more budget-friendly option, grow from seeds. Seedlings or shrubs will add an instant pop to your garden if you have a bigger budget to invest straight away.