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Gulf Coast Gardening: Make Your Front Yard More Inviting

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Here are three easy fixes to make your Gulf Coast front-yard garden more attractive and inviting.

Foliage plants combine in espresso-colored containers grouped along a front walkway.

It's been said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The same goes for your garden. Your front yard is important since it's usually the first thing visitors and passersby notice.

Your front yard doesn't have to look as if it belongs in a gardening magazine to be inviting. It simply must have what's commonly known as curb appeal. Here are three easy fixes to enhance your Gulf Coast Region front yard.

Spray-painted clay pots substitute for pricey glazed pottery.

Dress Up the Front Entry
Arrange attractive container plants along the entry walkway and at the front door to provide a warm welcome. Group containers of different sizes and shapes. Add colorful annual flowers that you can switch out seasonally, or pot up textural perennials for a more permanent display.

Because my front walkway is mostly shaded, I combined foliage plants suitable for frequently shifting shade conditions. Instead of purchasing pricey pottery I painted some clay pots of varying sizes to go with resin containers I already had. Containers of one color (in this case espresso brown) unify the arrangements.

A blend of grasses, natives and perennials accents the roadside perimeter.

Plant the Outside Perimeter
Forgo the standard idea of a few shrubs hugging the base of the house with lawn covering the rest of the front yard. No matter the size of your garden, tidy planting beds along the roadside or sidewalk will make it appear bigger. Blend grasses with sturdy evergreens, plant layers of trees and shrubs, and insert pockets of color for a completed look.

Durable groundcovers replaced the entire perimeter in my front yard. Combinations of hardy plant selections, suitable for this region and planted side-by-side with natives, give my garden a larger appearance. Caladiums sprout up each spring to greet visitors, delivery folks and passersby with cheerful brightness.

Two Adirondack chairs create a focal point at the end of a curving pathway.

Create a Focal Point
Focal points don't have to break your pocketbook. A pair of chairs situated away from the house and placed in the front yard serve as a "Welcome" sign. A curving pathway leading to the cozy spot creates a sense of destination while inviting visitors further into the garden.

A few well-appointed elements in the front yard instantly increase curb appeal and insure pleasing first impressions. What easy fixes in your front-yard garden would you add to this short list?

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