Front garden make over?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 09, 2021

    A picture would be very helpful to see what you are starting with. A lot depends on acreage, landscaping, driveway ( or not), porch, patio, soil, trees, is a link, hope it helps you:

  • It depends on where you live and if your yard is flat or sloped. A picture would help, but, in the meantime, visit your local nursery for some ideas.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 09, 2021

    Hello posting a picture might be helpful as well as your location.

    That would determine the best plant to suggest. Most plants success depend on their hardness to geographic planting zones presenting weather conditions. This information could give us more clue to give you the best suggestions for garden rehab success!

    Additionally for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

    If your office is closed....there Might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their

    guidance.... in a non contact manner.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Mar 09, 2021

    Hi Deb, are you looking for plant ideas or ways to make paths etc...? Also, what zone do you live in. We would be happy to help if you can provide a few more details :)

  • Em Em on Mar 09, 2021

    Hard to tell what it looks like or what you want to achieve. Make a paver pathway. Put flower ring around trees. Is it a flower garden? a vegetable garden?

    So many choices to edge garden, wooden stakes, plastic edger, brick, river rock. Add a bench seated on several pavers.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 09, 2021

    I would avoid plantings next to the foundation, to keep water from wicking into the foundation.

    I would do as Vimarhonor suggested and call the County Extension office and find more indigenous plants, to deal with your climate, insects and also seek low-water plants.

    Unless your city or HOA specifically allows edible gardens in the front yard (rare), keep in mind, humans can’t eat grass- so low-water plants are a must.

    Rocks, gravel, bark chips should all have a weed cloth or Visqueen under them. A dry faux creek-bed is a good way to deal with drainage issues when it does rain.

    Sunset books has half a dozen gardening and landscaping books, with How To plant and How To build hard-scaping elements.

  • I would plant some annuals in raised beds or pots, then plant some perennials that will bloom at various times of the year/seasons, so you always have a little color. A photo would be helpful and also where are you located?

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 09, 2021

    Hi Deb: So many ideas! I plant my flowers at least a foot and a half from my house to allow clean up and access to my water spigot. You can plant tall perennials, like Bee Balm in the back and then shorter flowers as you go towards the yard. Bee Balm is very invasive, as are most perennials, so you have to keep them in check. If you don't care for flowers, you can plant bushes like Wandering Jew, Nandina, or dwarf evergreens. Here's a site that has loads of shrubs for the front yard, some with flowers, some without. Just left clickk on the one you want more information about:

    Or, you can make a rock garden and put flowers between the rocks. Here are some pictures of them:

    Good luck

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 10, 2021


    Can you share phot's as is? Then the ideas will come!

  • Do you have a picture you can show us? That will be easier to help you

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 10, 2021

    Hi Deb, I'd love to see a photo of your front garden to get an idea of layout.

  • Deb Rogers Deb Rogers on Mar 10, 2021

    Not ready to do project yet . Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas.

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