See more ideas about Front yard, front yard landscaping, backyard landscaping. Adding a dry creek bed to your front yard landscaping is a DIY project that most of us can do for ourselves. Using rock and stone to create this turf alternative does not require the use of water for the dry stream itself, and very little watering of plants is used to improve it. You can read our post to find out everything about DIY Dry Creek beds.
You want variety in both plant sizes and shapes to make landscape design work well. Trees are a good way to add height to your design and give it some variation so that not everything is at the same level or shape. Open pavers or closed bricks and stamped concrete break up patio areas, but can give the illusion of more space. A low, free-standing platform connected to the rest of the courtyard with paths that wind through bushes can serve as a base for forts or stage for plays.
Here, for example, the owners knew they wanted to enjoy their patio as long as possible in the fall, so they surrounded their stone patio with shrubs and trees that would provide a striking autumn color. Here, a narrow backyard looks much wider than it actually is because the bricks were laid in several complementary patterns that draw attention across the space. Next, we'll take a look at several grassless front yard landscaping ideas to get your wheels (but not your lawn mower wheels) turning. The large vertical gesture of cassava gives power to this planting area while establishing a connection with the cassava on the opposite side of the yard.
If you are thinking of putting more than two items together, then an outdoor setting or taking out an entire patio in the middle of the backyard will enhance everything in an exquisite way. The designer replaced a near-dead lawn with a soft, airy palette of drought-tolerant ornamental grasses and other plants in this California landscape. For example, in this small urban backyard, tight slab pieces interspersed with squares of river rock and low-growing plants create a natural, easy-care environment. When you use the same plant many times in your landscape and can't thrive for whatever reason, then that failure will be more evident based on the total number.
Many of the homeowners I advise have a hard time letting go of all the front yard lawn, at least at first. Adding a patio or deck of wood, brick, cobblestone, or natural stone completes your home while filling in the patio area. But you can gradually shift to a front yard that is more garden than lawn by establishing deep planting beds that curve along the front and sides of the house. This small front yard design keeps things simple and pretty by flanking a wide herringbone path with drought-tolerant winners, including creeping thyme, little bunny dwarf fountain grass, eonium, and shrub anemone.