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Building a Dream House: How we Planned Our Front Yard Landscaping



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I mentioned in my last Style Spotters post that we are getting ready to landscape our front yard. It basically consists of a 7 foot-deep planter bed running the length of our front porch, and gets full sun all day thanks to a southern exposure. So it presents a few landscaping challenges. Last year, we sat down with a landscape architect and talked about the overall plan for our yard in general. Since neither my husband nor I is well-versed in landscape design, we thought it best to consult an expert to avoid ending up with a yard that looks like a hot mess. We have some really beautiful, professional landscaping plans that give us a good idea of where to put terracing, where to have lawn, where to put trees and flower beds, etc. But we only talked generally about the style we want our yard to have, and didn’t get a list of specific plants to put in each and every spot on the drawings. And now we’re at the point where we are going to the nursery to buy plants. Landscaping can be overwhelming, so how did we figure out what to plant and where to put it"
Find some landscaping inspiration.

I’m not very good at making up landscaping as I go, but I’m really good at following a recipe. So our first order of business was to find some landscaping images to inspire us. This was one of those times where we knew what we didn’t want more than we knew what we wanted. We live in the Pacific Northwest, and I love the dark, mossy, forest-y aesthetic. BUT! That’s not what I wanted for the yard. It’s all around me, in every neighborhood, every shopping center, every public park, and I just wanted something different. But I wasn’t sure what. So I started looking at landscaping photos on BHG.com and Pinterest. I pinned everything that really spoke to me, and after a few weeks, when I went back through and looked at the pins, they all had a similar look. I still wasn’t quite sure what that look was until I watched a Woody Allen movie set on the Cote d’Azur, and said, “Oh my gosh, I think I want our yard to look like the south of France!”
Figure out what plants will give you the look you want and that will work in your yard.

Once we had a general aesthetic picked out for the front yard, we went back and looked at our inspiration photos to find a few that we especially loved and that were on a slightly smaller scale. We wrote down the names of all the plants in our favorite photos and decided on a color scheme we liked. That didn’t give us as many plant options as we wanted that would work in our climate. Again, I’m not a plant genius, so we needed another source of plant ideas. And luckily, BHG.com has the most amazing free garden plans. Dozens and dozens of free garden plans, just waiting to inspire you! I downloaded every garden plan that seemed like it might have plants that would work in my front yard–front gardens, full sun gardens, small gardens, all-y...
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