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Northwest Gardening: Three Front-Yard Landscaping Fixes

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Fix up three common front-yard problems with solutions from Lowe's Northwest gardening expert Marianne Binetti

 Petunias in pots add curb appeal.

Practically everyone would like to have a pretty and welcoming front yard. One of the easiest ways is to add lots of flowers - in beds, planter boxes and stand-alone containers, as seen above. Here are some other ideas.

 A simple screening lattice adds privacy.

Screen Side Yard from Street
Flower power stops traffic in this front yard, and just one section of a vinyl privacy lattice made into a fence section blocks out side-yard clutter. What I love here is how adding a window box to the top of the fence keeps the color flowing throughout the scene. It's a sweet little addition, like frosting on this cupcake of a cottage. Inexpensive annual plants, such as pink petunias and white alyssums, repeat a color theme in all the pots and beds, adding to the storybook charm.

  An outdoor shelf displays garden accents.

Add Interest to a Garage Wall
I saw this front-yard fix on a local garden tour and admired how the owners transformed their blank garage wall into a welcoming display. The container gardens, with petunias and metal garden art, help fill the space. But the real fix here is the simple-to-make shelf. All you need are two boards, brackets and paint.

Take a closer look at the display items: no plants, just a nicely arranged mix of weatherproof accents. Depending on the season these homeowners change out the objects displayed on the shelf. The deep eaves help protect both the shelf and the accessories from the weather. You also could also use a long wall, like this, to display canvas outdoor art panels. (Lowe's item #358569)

 A flag hanging on the porch portico adds color without needing watering.

Add Color Without Adding Watering Worries
The owners of this home didn't want maintenance headaches, so adding thirsty flowers for curb appeal was out of the question. Displaying a large flag adds an instant punch of color without any maintenance. Nautical-themed wall art near the front door, and drought-resistant, yellow-blooming daylilies add more interest. The homeowners built a rustic wood portico over the front porch to define this front entry and provide the perfect spot for flag-waving-curb appeal.

What ideas do you have to dress up the front landscape?

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