While enjoying last weekend’s warmer weather, I walked around our yard, making a mental wish list of landscaping updates, including rethinking our front foundation plantings. I’d love to replace the yews that have been there since we built the house, but I’m not sure what to replace them with for the most curb appeal. Today we’re sharing some creative landscaping ideas and inspiration that might have you rethinking your yard, too.
Gorgeous Curb Appeal
Landscaping can make or break a home’s curb appeal. Here are some impressive landscape designs that definitely make the entries to these homes welcoming and inviting.
The large flat rocks used as steps leading to this entry are stunning by themselves, but the combination of colors, sizes, and shapes of shrubs surrounding them is equally beautiful.
via One Kings Lane
Cherry laurels and boxwoods line this stately entryway. Porch planters and low flowerbeds lining the sidewalk to complete the look.
via Castle Homes
This lovely cottage-inspired landscape contains multiple types of conifer and deciduous bushes and shrubs.
via My Soulful Home
This elegant entryway has loads of curb appeal. Swirled junipers bookend the front door, while boxwood, caladiums, liriope grass, and knock-out roses fill in the foundation plantings.
Eye-catching caladiums are sandwiched between greenery and low shrubs surrounding this pretty and welcoming porch.
via Southern Living
Transitional areas like paths can get overlooked when it comes to landscaping, but they’re a great spot to get creative with flowers and shrubs.
Lavender and other purple and green flowers and shrubs line this stunning stone path.
Sculpted boxwoods and low- and medium-growing grasses soften the straight lines of the pavers in this modern path design.
Smooth stones, a mix of flowering plants and bushes, and larger shrubs line this “inverse path” of grass.
via Garden Lovin
Flat stones, ferns, and hydrangeas transform this potentially boring side yard space into a pretty path.
via Home Epiphany
Stunning Shrubs and Beds
With all the shrubs and flowers available in local nurseries, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re shopping for new plants. Here are a few ideas to show you what’s possible.
Catmint and crepe myrtle make a lovely match in this bed.
via StandUp Magazine
Imagine how fragrant these dwarf Korean lilac bushes are when they’re in bloom!
This loropetalum purple prince offers a splash of gorgeous color.
via Christi Caldwell
Versatile lavender can be used in beds, along paths, and just about anywhere.
Texas lantana offers a warm pop of color against the dwarf maiden grass in this bed.
Compact dwarf myrtle is a great accent shrub along a sidewalk or walkway.
via Garden Lo
Hostas, alliums, dogwood shrub, and other low-growing plants line a bed of river rock that reroutes water from this yard.
This border bed in and among trees is planted with a stunning combination of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures.
Red geraniums, pink cyclamen, and white alyssum make such a pretty, colorful border bed.
This is a fantastic idea: if you have a chain-link fence around your yard, or if your neighbors have one, here’s a great guide for disguising it with plants.
This handy cheat sheet offers the names and photos of several low-growing drought-tolerant flowering shrubs you might want to try in your yard.
The flowers and shrubs (and trees) you plant in your yard can make a big impact on your home’s curb appeal and how much you enjoy your outdoor space. These creative landscaping ideas and inspiration might get you eager to get outside and make something beautiful in your own yard.
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