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What are some unique ideas for front yard landscape design?

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A lawn-free front yard is an ideal approach to today's water-wise trend. In warmer climates, a ground cover such as Japanese mondo grass easily substitutes for traditional bluegrass or fescue, requiring virtually no maintenance other than a springtime application of pre-emergent herbicide. A micro-sized garden in the front yard saves time, with attention focused near the front door. Simple plantings of evergreens and holly, which require no pruning, are good choices, with annuals planted in one spot for emphasis.

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What are some unique ideas for front yard landscape design?
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Order is established in front yard design by reducing the number of trees to two types, with three to five shrub varieties and no more than 10 species of perennials. Perennial species are best grouped together and repeated throughout the front garden to make the landscape cohesive. Visitors are visually led to the home by bold-blooming perennials near the sidewalk or road, along the entry walk and next to the house. The ideal path or front walkway always keeps the front doorway in view, whether or not it meanders, and is 4 feet wide or larger.

The quiet garden months of November through February are important to front yard garden design. By selecting evergreen trees and shrubs, form and texture remain present year-round, with crabapple trees and viburnums providing dried fruit for winter birds.

An edible front garden is created by tucking herbs and vegetables into the garden beds. Shady gardens edged with lettuce provide a unique display in the front yard. For sunnier areas, purple basil paired with lemon thyme add delightful color, and sage, available in either gray-green, purple or tri-colored varieties, is an easy-care accent. The deep purple blooms of Herrenhausen oregano are a colorful autumn addition, and licorice-flavored dwarf fennel provides wispy texture and movement.

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