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Front Lawn Landscaping Ideas

For Your Front Porch and Yard

Use some or all of our front lawn landscaping ideas around your front porch and yard. We were not happy with our previous landscaping and decided to make some changes. Mary and I wanted to create a cottage-style flower garden and a solid color background against our porch for year-round color.




We did a makeover on our front porch landscaping.

We love our fresh new landscaping compared to what we previously had!



Like almost all landscaping projects, there are difficulties you must overcome.

We had a few which we will share below along with a plant guide which we always find most helpful.


front porch landscaping with pea gravel walkway

Before: Our Old Landscaping Just After Winter (Sad!)



Obstacles in Our Way

We had two major issues to overcome or resolve for our landscaping.

Water and Clay

Our soil is clay and our yard is fairly flat. Water drainage is a problem and have we've lost several plants because they've had too much water. The other was rocks - lots of them (and big too)!

To resolve the water issue, we chose more ground cover type plants to place in front (where we have more of a water issue). These plants normally have more shallow root systems and should do well.

We also dug out a lot of the clay and replaced it with a combination of garden soil, top soil, and compost mix.

Raised beds are another option if you have a similar issue with water.

Rock City

We have lots of rocks. I encountered a goliath of a rock when I dug the last hole for the holly (it's always the last one that gets you). There was no way (other than a raised platform) I could plant that holly where I needed it unless I removed the rock.

Suffice to say, after pounding on it and digging around it I resorted to drilling three holes about six-inches deep into the rock with a hammer drill and bit.

One hit with a sledge and I was able to crack it into two pieces which I was then able to extract. Where there's a will, there's a way!

rocks stacked on top of each other in landscaping

Use Rocks for Interest


Placing rocks strategically in your landscaping, rocks can add interest to the overall appeal. Fortunately, we have access to many rocks and would be glad to give some to you if you lived nearby!



Video: Our Porch Landscaping Makeover

Video: Our Porch Landscaping Makeover







Plant Guide

Porch Foundation Plants

The shrubs next to the porch foundation were not aesthetically pleasing as the only foliage was at the tops. We needed something with a more fuller look.

original landscaping with undesirable shrubs

Original landscaping with undesirable shrubbery


We transplanted the original shrubs to the backyard and replaced them with a mix of soft-tough compact hollies and boxwoods. Both can be shaped easily and maintained at the height we needed (about 2-3 feet tall).

soft-touch compact hollies and boxwoods

New landscaping with soft-touch hollies and boxwoods


The combination of hollies and boxwoods offer different colors and textures. You may choose to use only one or the other.

Let's Talk Azaleas

Our azaleas did very well the first year; however, not so good after that. We experienced a colder winter and not enough drainage. That combination took its toll on the plants.

azaleas in poor condition

Our azaleas have seen better days


We removed two of the four and transplanted one to the back yard and one to the side of the porch. Of the two that are remaining, one is doing very well and the other is about to bloom although it has seen better days. We will transplant it after it blooms and replace it with other more compatible plants.

Our Landscape Plant Guide



planting flowers in landscape

Getting My Hands Dirty


We try to use a variety of perennials in predominately pinks and blues. You will want to choose a color scheme that fits your home and personal preferences. Here's our landscape plant guide:

dahlias added to our landscaping

Blooming Dahlias




cheddar pinks in our landscaping

Cheddar Pinks - Dianthus Hybrid




blue lithordora flowers

Lithodora




vinca flower

Vinca




Merleau™ Blue Salvia plant

Merleau™ Blue Salvia




barberry plant

Barberry Plants




garden phlox

Dwarf Garden Phlox




dark goura plant

Dark Goura




beautiful hibiscus plant

Hibiscus




furman's red autumn sage plant

Furman's Red Autumn Sage




pentas plant

Pentas




soft compact holly plant

Soft Compact Holly




penstemon plant

Penstemon




green velvet boxwood plant

Green Velvet Boxwood




mandevilla in purple pot on front porch

Mandevilla On Porch




New Front Porch Landscaping Project

We are anxious to watch our new landscaping blossom. We believe it will definitely enhance the beauty of our front porch.

cottage garden landscaping in front of porch
Our new cottage-style front porch landscaping




front view of new front porch landscaping

Our New Porch Flower Garden




View of new front porch landscaping around the side of our home

Our Garden Follows the Curve of Our New Walkway




Cottage Style DIY Walkway

pea gravel walkway in front of landscaping We constructed our cottage-style walkway using crushed stone and pea gravel. Crushed stone works really well as it compacts and drains nicely. We covered it with a thin layer of pea gravel.

Often times, folks use too much pea gravel which makes it more difficult on which to walk.

A thin layer will give you the look you want without feeling like you are walking in sand.

See how we did by using the link below.














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