Before: Plain and Plantless
Without plants, this house looked isolated and out of place. The solution: linear landscaping that complements the style of the house and features masses of identical plants.
A New Approach
Painted stair risers coordinate with the house color and emphasize the front door (Valspar Sea Seeker, #5004-7C). Stenciled house numbers make an intriguing statement -- especially in the rain. By applying NeverWet, a specialty paint product (#509272), the numbers become prominent when wet.
Green arborvitae shrubs provide greater privacy with each year of growth. In the meantime, blue curtain panels made of Sunbrella outdoor fabric (#648747) offer a fashionable yet practical alternative. The panels bring a hint of the indoors outside. On the porch, matching allen + roth™ Netley brown patio rocking chairs (#609571) sit on a cream-colored Decora outdoor rug (#357252). Terra cotta pots painted with durable white concrete paint and filled with blooms complement the decor with a clean, unspoiled look.
Settle into a comfy chair and admire the beauty of a small yard that packs a big punch. Low-care shrubs, grasses, and perennials form the backbone of a garden that won’t grow out of bounds.
Planting Plan Primer
Groups of plants have a greater impact than a scattering of individual species. They also simplify the design so the garden doesn’t look too busy. Linear landscaping, or lining plants up in rows, puts a contemporary face on things. Too much geometry, however, can become tedious. That’s why the formal rows in the foreground are offset by a more leisurely arrangement in the background.
Landscape lighting gives the front yard a whole new life after dark. Low lights make the walkway safer while wall wash lights illuminate the columns along the porch.
Front Yard Lighting Plan
Path lights are spaced to guide visitors from the sidewalk to the walkway while highlighting the landscape -- all while avoiding an “airport runway” effect. Porch lights take over at the front door.