Front Yard Landscaping Design: How to Achieve Wow!

April 2nd 2016
Four Seasons

Landscaping the Front Yard

Thinking about the homes nearby in your Michigan neighborhood, what do you think about the front yard landscaping? Are there some that you can’t even remember? Is there one or two where the landscape is so overworked with plants that it has become more of a collection of plants than a design? And aren’t some that make you say “Wow!” and wish you could move their landscape to your front yard?

How to give a front yard landscape that “wow factor”

Our professional landscape designers understand how to give a front yard landscape that “wow factor” by following basic design principles. They consider the elements of unity, scale, balance, simplicity, variety, and sequence as they apply to line, form, texture, and color.

In addition, they consider the home’s architectural style and the neighbourhood’s character. They ask the homeowners the right questions so they have a clear understanding of their client’s vision and goals.

“For the time, one flower is the guest of honor and is merely supplemented with other flowers.” —Ellen Biddle Shipman

Good designers know that often, “less is more.” American landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman, who designed many gardens in Grosse Pointe, understood how to practice restraint when choosing plant material.

One of Shipman’s planting secrets was that she used no more than six to eight types of flowering plants in each design, letting “each, in its season, dominate the garden. For the time, one flower is the guest of honor and is merely supplemented with other flowers.”

Successful front yard landscapes must be easy to maintain, with plants that are hardy to our region. And they need to look good in all seasons. This can be achieved using planters, spring bulbs, summer annuals, and winter greenery. A focal point such as a fountain, statuary or a specimen plant can add the extra “wow.”

Take a good look at your front yard landscape. What do you see? How does it make you feel? If it is not the landscape of your dreams, give us a call.